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What if I've been affected by a natural disaster?

SOLVEDby TurboTax406Updated January 14, 2022

For tax purposes, natural disasters are treated in three different ways, with varying levels of relief:

  • A federally declared disaster area—Your area has been recognized by presidential declaration, which makes it eligible for special tax relief
  • A non-declared disaster area—Certain natural disasters may not meet the threshold for a presidential declaration. You can still receive tax relief even though you aren't eligible for special tax relief
  • An area with Congressionally-granted relief—These are rare, but Congress may set aside even more relief for particularly large-scale disasters

Check here to see if your location has been officially declared part of a disaster area.

The IRS has an extensive list of suggestions for how to establish what you lost.

  • IRS: Tax relief in disaster situations—Find information on the most recent tax relief provisions for taxpayers affected by disaster situations
  • DisasterAssistance.gov—This is the federal government's all-inclusive site for disaster relief ranging from tax information to other assistance, such as food and housing aid

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