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FTB Follows Federal Postponement Dates for Victims of Hurricane Gustav

Released September 05, 2008

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced that taxpayers who live in the federally declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Gustav will be granted special tax relief for their California income taxes.

“In the wake of Hurricane Gustav, victims can take advantage of tax relief. Taxpayers can have extra time to file and pay their taxes without added penalties or interest," said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang.

Hurricane Gustav was declared a Federal disaster for affected areas in Louisiana. Special federal disaster treatment applies for California purposes. Consequently, FTB will postpone deadlines until January 5, 2009, for affected taxpayers to file returns, pay taxes, and perform other time-sensitive acts for deadlines falling between September 1, 2008, and January 5, 2009.

The relief applies to taxpayers who live or have a business located in the following parishes: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Taxpayers not living in the disaster area, but whose books, records, or tax professionals’ offices are in the covered disaster area, are also entitled to relief. Also included are relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities in the covered disaster area.

Taxpayers needing copies of lost or damaged state returns should complete Form FTB 3516, Request for Copy of Tax Return. Disaster victims receive copies of tax returns for free. Print “Louisiana/Hurricane Gustav” in red at the top of the request.

For more information, refer to IRS News Release 2008-100. To learn more about state disaster losses, refer to publication FTB 1034, Disaster Loss at www.ftb.ca.gov or the IRS 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts at www.irs.gov.