By Jon James|

Usually, if the 15th of April falls on Patriots’ Day, we have until the 16th to file our taxes but in 2024, unless you’re in The County, you have a lot more additional time. This is NOT due to Maine Revenue Services or the IRS being kind for the sake of being kind but, rather, to help those who suffered financially due to our recent storms and flooding. Even if you haven’t suffered, you will benefit with extended deadlines.

Of course, if you’re one of the lucky folks getting a tax return, you’re likely all done. However, if you have to pay in, as we do, you’ll welcome the additional time.

So, how much time do you have? Well, that all depends on where you live.

According to IRS.gov:

Following the disaster declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), individuals and households that reside or have a business in Androscoggin, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties, qualify for tax relief. The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after Dec. 17, 2023, and before June 17, 2024, are granted additional time to file.

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According to an IRS release—IR-2024-93 (April 4, 2024)—the tax relief is offered to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which currently includes Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington and York counties. Individuals and households that reside or have a business in these localities qualify for tax relief.

Various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred from January 9, 2024, through July 15, 2024, are now due July 15, 2024, including:

  • Individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024
  • 2023 contributions to individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and health savings accounts for eligible taxpayers
  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments normally due on January 16, April 15, and June 17, 2024
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on January 31 and April 30, 2024
  • Calendar-year partnership and S corporation returns normally due on March 15, 2024
  • Calendar-year corporation and fiduciary returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024
  • Calendar-year tax-exempt organization returns normally due on May 15, 2024
  • Penalties for failing to make payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after January 9, 2024, and before January 24, 2024, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by January 24, 2024.

And from Maine.gov:

In sum, taxes are due in the following Maine counties as indicated:

April 17, 2024: Aroostook

June 17, 2024: Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset

July 15, 2024: Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington, York

Any related penalties and interest will be abated through July 15, 2024 (Relief Period). Affected taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically. Affected taxpayers filing paper returns should write “MAINE FLOODING” across the top of their return. Affected taxpayers are still encouraged to make payments and file if they are able and prepared to do so before July 15, 2024.

Regardless of filing method, if any affected taxpayer receives a notice of assessment of penalties and/or interest for the Relief Period due to late returns or payments, please contact MRS immediately at income.tax@maine.gov (Income Tax programs) to request abatement.

Payment and filing deadlines for all other Maine tax types, including Maine sales tax and income tax withholding, remain unchanged.

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