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FTB Follows Federal Tax Postponement Dates for Hurricane Ike Victims

Released September 17, 2008

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced that taxpayers who are affected by Hurricane Ike are granted special tax relief for their California income taxes.

“Victims of natural disasters can get some tax relief,” said State Controller John Chiang. “Out-of-state taxpayers affected by Hurricane Ike will be granted extra time to file and pay their California personal income taxes, allowing them to see to any immediate needs in the wake of this storm.”

The IRS granted taxpayers directly affected by Hurricane Ike an extra week until September 22, 2008, to make timely third quarter estimate payments. Special federal disaster treatment applies for California purposes. California will follow any subsequent tax postponement periods for Hurricane Ike as announced by the IRS.

Hurricane Ike was declared a Federal disaster for affected areas in Texas and Louisiana. The relief applies to taxpayers who live or have a business located in the following counties in Texas: Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Washington.

Relief is granted for the following Louisiana parishes: Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Sabine, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion, and Vernon.

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 “Hurricane Ike” in red at the top of the request.

For more information, refer to IRS News Release 2008-105. 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.