IRS extends tax deadline a month for flood areas


Thursday, April 2nd 2009, 5:06 pm
By: News 9


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taxpayers in flood-damaged areas of North Dakota and Minnesota will get an extra month to file their federal tax returns, the IRS announced Thursday.
   The Internal Revenue Service said it is extending the filing deadline because flooding along the Red River happened so close to the usual April 15 deadline. The Red River is slowly receding to its banks, but the recovery has just begun.
   Taxpayers and relief workers directly affected by the flooding will have until May 15 to file returns and make payments associated with their 2008 tax returns. The IRS said affected taxpayers can mark their returns "severe storms, flooding."
   --The extended deadline applies to these counties in Minnesota: Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin.
   --The extended deadline also applies to these counties in North Dakota: Adams, Barnes, Benson, Billings, Burleigh, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Dunn, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, Grant, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Sioux, Stark, Stutsman, Walsh and Williams.
   --The Standing Rock and Spirit Lake reservations also get extended deadlines.