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UPDATE 9/12/2016:  The IRS finally got around to issuing an information release today, BUT it only covers CERTAIN COUNTIES in FLORIDA.  Given power outages, evacuation effects, etc., very hard to believe that relief isn't eventually extended to rest of Florida and possibly other areas.  But this is all for now:  

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane...

Counties:  Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota and St. Johns

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Although the IRS has yet to issue a press release covering Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, the designation already of these states as major disaster areas will almost assuredly prompt the IRS to provide the same time of relief it has already provided to USVI.  Major provisions are:

+  Most tax returns with original or extended due dates on or after Sept. 6, 2017 and before Jan. 31, 2018, are granted additional time to file through Jan. 31, 2018. This includes taxpayers who had a valid extension to file their 2016 return that was due to run out on Oct. 16, 2017.

+ Above relief also applies to quarterly estimated income tax payments originally due on Sept. 15, 2017, and Jan. 16, 2018.

FEMA disaster designation landing page: https://www.fema.gov/disasters
IRS disaster relief landing page: https://www.fema.gov/disasters
IRS news release for USVI, will likely be replicated for other designated IRMA areas: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma-in-us-virgin-islands

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Usually filling doesn't mean paying. Does that mean that you still have to pay your taxes but can file much later? I'd say this is much more important than simply filing.

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jaytrader said:   Usually filling doesn't mean paying. Does that mean that you still have to pay your taxes but can file much later? I'd say this is much more important than simply filing.
  See second bullet point.  Pretty clear that ES payments for Q3 and Q4 will be due 1/31/2018.

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tuphat said:   
jaytrader said:   Usually filling doesn't mean paying. Does that mean that you still have to pay your taxes but can file much later? I'd say this is much more important than simply filing.
  See second bullet point.  Pretty clear that ES payments for Q3 and Q4 will be due 1/31/2018.

  Your statement implies that everyone, or most people, pay estimated taxes. A lot of people don't.

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tuphat said:   
jaytrader said:   Usually filling doesn't mean paying. Does that mean that you still have to pay your taxes but can file much later? I'd say this is much more important than simply filing.
  See second bullet point.  Pretty clear that ES payments for Q3 and Q4 will be due 1/31/2018.

  Your statement implies that everyone, or most people, pay estimated taxes. A lot of people don't.

  So, for people subject to withholding from wages, no real impact, i.e., withholding continues.  For the employer doing the withholding, they do get an approx. 2-week break on when the employer is required to pay over to the IRS the withheld amounts, as well as other other amounts due, e.g., employer share of FICA.

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