California grants relief for San Diego flood victims

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Sacramento The Franchise Tax Board today announced tax relief for San Diego County residents pursuant to the San Diego County Major Disaster Declaration approved by President Biden on February 19, 2024, and after evaluation of information and circumstances for California, including the IRS postponement of the federal tax filing and payment deadline to June 17, 2024.

"This extension offers much needed relief to taxpayers who were victims of flooding in San Diego County," said State Controller and FTB Chair Malia M. Cohen. "I hope this extra time provides comfort to those going through these very difficult circumstances."

Affected individuals and businesses in San Diego County now have until June 17 to file their tax returns and pay federal and state taxes due between January 21 through June 17, 2024. Payments due on June 17 remain due on that date. This extension to file and pay includes the following:

  • Individuals whose tax returns and payments are due on April 15, 2024.
  • Quarterly estimated tax payments due April 15, 2024.
  • Business entities whose tax returns are normally due on March 15 and April 15.
  • Pass-through entity (PTE) elective tax payments due on March 15, 2024.
  • Tax-exempt organization returns normally due on May 15, 2024.

For any given Emergency Measure or Major Disaster Declaration that triggers IRS tax relief/postponement in California, the State will evaluate any filing or payment postponement in response to each declaration or emergency on a case-by-case basis, consistent with existing authority per Revenue and Taxation Code section 18572.

Taxpayers affected by a presidentially declared disaster may claim a deduction for a disaster loss. Additional information and instructions are available in FTB Publication 1034, Disaster Loss: How to Claim a State Tax Deduction.

Taxpayers can claim a disaster loss in one of two ways. They may claim the disaster loss for the 2024 tax year when they file their return next spring, or they may claim the loss against 2023 income on this year's return. An amended return may be filed by those who already have filed this year. The advantage of claiming the disaster loss on a tax year 2023 return is that FTB can issue a refund sooner.

If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice related to the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

Disaster victims also may receive free copies of their state returns to replace those lost or damaged. Taxpayers may complete form FTB 3516 and write the name of the disaster in blue or black ink at the top of the request.

FTB notes the following existing statutory provisions that could provide additional relief to taxpayers automatically or upon request and based on their facts and circumstances:

Additional information on these items above can be found on FTB’s website.

FTB administers two of California's major tax programs: Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. FTB also administers other non tax programs and delinquent debt collection functions, including delinquent vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and court's ordered debt. Annually, FTB's tax programs collect more than 70 percent of the state's general fund. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov.