Southcentral residents still have until April 30 to file taxes due to earthquake

Residents and owners of businesses in certain earthquake-affected areas have until April 30 to file their tax returns.

Residents and owners of businesses in certain earthquake-affected areas have until April 30 to file their tax returns. (Public domain photo)

Thousands of Alaskans affected by the earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska Nov. 30 are eligible for an automatic extension for filing their tax returns.

Monday is Tax Day — the deadline to file tax returns — for most Americans. But residents and owners of businesses in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have until April 30 to file their returns. That’s because of a FEMA disaster declaration following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

According to the IRS, the extension is applied automatically and does not require any additional filings beyond the tax return itself. Unlike the general six-month filing extension the IRS offers, which requires filing a form to request it, filers using the earthquake extension do not need to pay any taxes owed until the extended April 30 deadline.

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