Tax deadlines extended for Missouri flood victims
- May 5, 2017 | Gail Cole
Taxes are the last thing anyone should have to think about when dealing with a flood. Overflowing rivers throughout the Midwest have flooded hundreds of businesses and homes and claimed at least nine lives in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma. As the waters recede and the land dries in the weeks to come, the focus will be on saving what can be saved, cleaning up, and rebuilding.
With Missouri being particularly hard hit, Missouri Director of Revenue Joel Walters is providing “an automatic extension for Missouri taxpayers whose quarterly and monthly tax return filings and payments were delayed by recent flooding.” Although May 1 was the deadline for many businesses to submit quarterly or monthly sales and withholding tax returns, affected taxpayers now have until May 15, 2017, to file and pay.
In addition, any vehicle title penalty fees that would have accrued due to flooding between April 29 and May 9, 2017, will be waived. Affected individuals are advised to explain their circumstances to their license office.
Walters said, “The people of Missouri need time to focus on the safety of their employees, their friends, and their families. The very least the Department can do is give these hard-working folks a little more time to file their taxes and title their vehicles.”
Tax relief is available for qualifying businesses and individuals located in the following counties:
- Cape Girardeau
- New Madrid
- Louis City
Taxpayers should request the automatic extension by writing “May 2017 flood extension” on their returns. Additional information is available from the Department of Revenue.