IRS Issues Deadline Relief for Island of St. Croix, U.S. VI Water Shortage

The IRS has announced the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for victims of a water shortage and health impact from unprecedented sargassum seagrass influx on the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The tax relief postpones various tax-filing deadlines that began July 15, 2022. Affected individuals and households who reside or have a business on the Island of St. Croix, as well as taxpayers with records located in the covered area that are needed to meet covered deadlines, qualify for relief.

In addition to extending certain tax-filing and tax payment deadlines, the relief includes completion of many time-sensitive, tax-related acts described in IRS Revenue Procedure 2018-58 and Treasury Regulation 301.7508A-1(c)(1). Affected taxpayers with a covered deadline on or after July 15, 2022, and before November 15, 2022, will have until November 15, 2022, to complete the acts. This includes filing Form 5500 series returns that are required to be filed on or after July 15, 2022, and before November 15, 2022.

"Affected taxpayer" automatically includes any individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area. Those who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area, but have been affected by the disaster, may contact the IRS to request relief.