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What is the State Tax Relief Hardship Program?

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State Tax Hardship program - Flood DamageThis past year has seen many hardships occurring around the country. From wildfires in California to hurricanes in Florida, natural disasters have made an impact on communities and individuals all across the United States.
One thing we never want to worry about when dealing with a crisis or disaster is our taxes. But for many who may be in tax debt or have tax payments to abide by, not worrying about taxes is a luxury we just don’t have. To help combat this, the IRS has created the State Tax Relief Hardship Program. This program allows the IRS to waive penalties associated with late payments in the event of a hardship. Included in this program is not just natural disasters, but personal or financial hardships as well. And while this program varies across states, the overall message stays the same.

How do I qualify for the State Tax Relief Hardship Program?
If you were in one of the states hurt by recent hurricanes or wildfires, the IRS most likely automatically took away late penalties and/or extended payment deadlines. If not, you can speak with a qualified tax attorney to see how you can file for hardship relief with the IRS. Often, the IRS will pinpoint certain counties that will receive the benefits of the hardship program, and if your county is not included, but you were still impacted by damage or lost work, you may still be able to qualify.
If you are having a financial or personal hardship and want to file for hardship with the IRS, you have to meet certain requirements. The IRS must be convinced that you qualify for this program, which gives you a break from the IRS for up to a few years (minimum of 6 months)—but convincing them isn’t always easy. Levy Tax & Associates can help you understand the requirements and how you can qualify for them. They will also help you fill out financial documents and forms that are needed should you qualify. Plus, filing for hardship isn’t always the best option for every individual. A tax professional will help you decide if this is your best option or if there is better solution for you.
If you’ve recently suffered from a hardship, whether it was a natural disaster or a personal hardship, it’s important to understand what filing for the hardship program could mean for you. Contact a tax professional like Levy Tax & Associates to learn more. Contact us at 1-800-TAX-LEVY or visit their website to learn more.

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