Tax Refund


​​Due to harsh storm conditions that occurred on March 31 and April 1, parts of Indiana were left in a state of disaster, and the IRS has offered tax relief to victims of these storms. If these storms impacted you, we want you to know TurboTax is here for you, and we want to keep you up to date with important tax relief information that may help you in this time of need.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the recent events as a disaster. The IRS announced that victims of the harsh storms that occurred in parts of Indiana  now have until July 31, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments.

What are the extended tax and payment deadlines in Indiana?

The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on March 31, 2023. As a result, affected individuals, and households that reside or have business in Allen, Benton, Clinton, Grant, Howard, Johnson, Lake, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Sullivan and White counties have until July 31, 2023, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. These include:

  • 2022 Individual and Business Returns: 2022 individual tax returns and payments that were due on April 18, 2023, as well as various 2022 business returns, along with payments normally due on March 15 and April 18 have an extended deadline until July 31, 2023.
  • 2022 IRA Contributions: Affected taxpayers will have until July 31, 2023, to make 2022 IRA contributions to make an impact on their 2022 taxes.
  • Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment: Quarterly estimated tax payments normally due April 18, 2023, and June 15, 2023, have been extended until July 31, 2023. 
  • Quarterly Payroll and Excise Tax Returns: Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns that are normally due on April 30, 2023, are also extended until July 31, 2023. In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after March 31 and before April 18, 2023, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by April 18, 2023.

What do I need to do to claim the tax extension? 

The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Taxpayers do not need to contact the IRS to get this relief. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

Some affected taxpayers may find that they need more time to file beyond the July 31 deadline. If so, the IRS urges them to request the additional time, electronically, before the original April 18 deadline. After April 18 and before July 31, disaster area taxpayers can file their extension requests only on paper.

Do surrounding areas outside of Indiana qualify for an extension? 

The IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

How can I claim a casualty and property loss on my taxes if impacted?

Individuals or businesses who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related casualty losses can choose to claim them on either the tax return for the year the loss occurred (2023 return normally filed next year in this instance) or the loss can be deducted on the tax return for the prior year (2022, normally filed this tax season). Individuals may also deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. 

Be sure to write the following FEMA declaration number on any return claiming a loss:  

The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by the harsh storms and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.

If you are not a victim, but you are looking to help those in need, this is a great opportunity to donate or volunteer your time to legitimate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charities who are providing relief efforts for storm victims.

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Katharina Reekmans is an Enrolled Agent and a contributor to the TurboTax Blog team. Katharina has years of experience in tax preparation and representation before the IRS. Her passions surround financial literary and tax law interpretation. She has a strong commitment to using all resources and knowledge to best serve the interest of clients. Katharina has worked as a senior tax accountant, operations manager, and controller. Katharina prides herself on unraveling tax laws so that the average person can understand them. More from Katharina Reekmans

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