State Follows Federal Tax Postponement Dates for Napa County Earthquake Victims

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For Immediate Release

10.30.2014

Sacramento – The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced it will follow the federal tax relief provided for California taxpayers affected by the August 2014 South Napa earthquake.

Postponement of Filing Deadlines and Payments

The President declared a major disaster for the South Napa earthquake on September 11, 2014.

FTB will match the postponement periods announced by the IRS giving affected taxpayers who have tax returns, payments, or other time sensitive acts due between August 24, 2014, and January 15, 2015, an automatic postponement until January 15, 2015. For complete details regarding tax deadline postponements, refer to IRS News Release SD-2014-14.

Expedited Refunds for Prior Tax Year

Special tax rules apply to disaster losses. Disaster victims can claim a disaster loss in either the year the disaster occurred or in the immediate prior year. Typically, taxpayers must deduct losses only in the year of the disaster. The advantage of claiming a disaster loss in the prior year is that the loss will generally reduce the prior year tax liability and generally creates a refund that FTB can quickly issue.

To claim the loss in the prior year (2013), taxpayers can amend their 2013 tax return by filing a Form 540X, Amended Individual Income Tax Return. Disaster victims have until April 15, 2015, to make their prior year (2013) disaster loss deduction.

Copies of FTB Tax Returns Available

Taxpayers needing copies of state returns to replace lost or damaged ones should complete Form FTB 3516, Request for Copy of Tax Return. Print “DISASTER - NAPA EARTHQUAKE 2014” in red at the top of the request. Disaster victims receive copies of tax returns for free.

For More Information

Taxpayers who received a late payment penalty can contact FTB at 800.852.5711 to request relief. For more details and a complete list of all California disasters, taxpayers should review Publication 1034, Disaster Loss How to Claim a State Tax Deduction, on FTB’s website at ftb.ca.gov.

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