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FTB Follows Federal Tax Postponement Dates for Hurricane Ike Victims

Released September 18, 2008

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will follow the updated federal tax postponement dates for state taxpayers affected by Hurricane Ike, according to the FTB.

The IRS today announced that taxpayers directly affected by Hurricane Ike have until October 15, 2008, to make timely third quarter estimate payments. They also postponed deadlines until January 5, 2009, for affected taxpayers to file returns, pay taxes, and perform other time-sensitive acts for deadlines falling between September 11, 2008, and January 5, 2009. Special federal disaster treatment applies for California purposes.

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 website at www.irs.gov. 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.