IRS Updates California Wildfire-Related Deadline Extensions

The IRS has updated previously-issued Announcement CA-2020-07, which describes the postponement of deadlines for victims of California wildfires that began on September 4, 2020. In addition to extending certain tax filing and tax payment deadlines, the relief includes completion of many time-sensitive, tax-related acts described in Treasury Regulation 301.7508A-1(c)(1), which include filing Form 5500 for retirement plans, completing rollovers, making retirement plan loan payments, etc.

The counties included in the relief now include Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Sonoma counties. Taxpayers in other locations will automatically be added to the relief if the disaster area is further expanded.

Affected taxpayers with a covered deadline occurring on or after September 4, 2020, and on or before January 15, 2021, will have until January 15, 2021, to complete the act. “Affected taxpayer” automatically includes anyone who resides, or has a business located, within the designated disaster area. Those who reside or have a business located outside the identified disaster area, but have been affected by the wildfires, may contact the IRS at 866-562-5227 to request the relief.