May 15 Tax Deadline Extended to October 16 for Disaster Area Taxpayers in California

Liting Chuang, CPA. March 6, 2023

May 15 tax deadline extended to October 16 for California disaster area taxpayers

In an unexpected announcement on February 24, 2023, the IRS has granted eligibles taxpayers until October 16, 2023 to file various federal individual and business tax returns, and make tax payments. This extension covers most taxpayers in the Bay Area and Southern California – regions that have been declared as disaster areas by FEMA. The previous extended tax deadline for these taxpayers was May 15, 2023.

This extended relief applies to:

    • Individual income tax returns, originally due on April 18,
    • Estimated tax payments for 2023 normally due on April 18, June 15 and September 15,
    • Estimated tax payments for fourth quarter of 2022, originally due on January 17, 2023,
    • Various business returns, normally due on March 15 and April 18,
    • Farmers who normally file their returns by March 1,
    • Exempt organization returns normally due on May 15, and
    • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on January 31, April 30 and July 31

Eligible taxpayers will also have until Oct. 16 to make 2022 contributions to their IRAs and health savings accounts.

Taxpayers do not need to contact the IRS to take advantage of this relief. According to the IRS, they will automatically provide filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the specified disaster area. However, if an eligible taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer or taxpayer representative should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

On March 2, 2023, California announced it will be conforming to the October 16th federal tax filing deadline for disaster areas. Individuals and businesses in disaster areas will have until October 16 to file and pay California taxes. This includes all returns and payments listed above, plus California Pass-through entity (PTE) elective tax payment due on June 15.

If you have any further questions on your tax situation, please reach out to your BWA service team or your CPA.


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