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Tax relief for hurricane victims

  • Oct 19, 2016 | Gail Cole

 Tax relief is available for many taxpayers adversely affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Update 10.26.2016: The Alabama Department of Revenue is providing tax relief for taxpayers affected by natural disasters and located in federally declared disaster areas in numerous states. Additional information

The Internal Revenue Service is offering tax relief for individual and business taxpayers who live in certain parts of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and whose ability to file and pay taxes was affected by Hurricane Matthew. Departments of revenue in these states have followed suit and are also providing tax relief for victims of Hurricane Matthew. Florida is also offering tax relief for victims of Hurricane Hermine.

Tax relief for victims of natural disasters generally postpones certain deadlines for individuals and businesses affected by the weather and located in affected areas. It typically applies to a number of taxes, including sales and use tax and other transaction taxes. For victims of Hurricane Matthew in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, tax relief applies to returns, payments, and other time-sensitive acts having an original or extended due date on or after October 4, 2016 and on or before March 15, 2017. The new deadline is March 15, 2017.


Georgia tax relief is available for affected taxpayers residing in or having a principal place of business in the following counties:

  • Bryan
  • Camden
  • Chatham
  • Glynn
  • Liberty
  • McIntosh

Additional information.

South Carolina

Tax relief for any taxes administered by the South Carolina Department of Revenue, including sales and use tax, admissions tax, and motor fuel user fees, is available for affected taxpayers in the following South Carolina counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg.

Additional information

North Carolina

North Carolina was hit hard by Matthew, and tax relief has been expanded. It’s now is available in twenty counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson.

Additional information.


The Mississippi Department of Revenue has announced it will follow federal extensions granted to residents of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina affected by Hurricane Matthew. Eligible taxpayers in affected areas have until March 15, 2017 to file Florida individual and corporate income tax filers and pass-through entity returns. Additional information.


The Florida Department of Revenue is offering corporate income tax filers who are affected by Hurricane Hermine and located in certain areas the same type of tax relief provided by the Internal Revenue Service.  The extended due date for corporate income tax filing and payment originally due on or after August 31, 2016 is January 17, 2017.

Tax relief is available for affected taxpayers in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.

The Department of Revenue website doesn’t specifically address Hurricane Matthew but invites taxpayers facing “issues not addressed in the IRS notice” to contact the department to discuss options and eligibility. Additional information.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.