April 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gigi Thompson Jarvis
202.822.6232, x119                                           

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IRS and Massachusetts Department of Revenue Step Up for Boston
Taxpayers Affected by the Explosions Offered Extensions


Washington, DC, (April 17, 2013) IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller has announced a three-month tax filing and payment extension for victims of Monday’s explosions, their families, first responders and taxpayers whose return preparers were affected by the blasts. For these eligible taxpayers, taxes that were due April 15 may now be paid by July 15, 2013 without filing or payment penalties.

“IRS is giving those devastated by this tragedy a way to avoid paying penalties, but they must still pay interest, currently at the annual rate of 3 percent compounded daily, on payments that were not made by April 15,” explains Massachusetts Society of Enrolled Agents President Shantilal Patel, EA, an enrolled agent in Randolph, MA.

The extension is automatically applied to anyone living in Suffolk County, MA, including Boston. Taxpayers eligible for the extension who are living outside Suffolk County must call the IRS at 1.866.562.5227 starting Tuesday, April 23, to request the extension.

Taxpayers who are eligible for the extension, but still receive penalty notices from the IRS should call the number listed above to have the penalties removed.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has extended its state income tax deadline to at least April 23, 2013.


The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) is the professional society representing federally-licensed tax practitioners with unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before IRS. To find an enrolled agent in your area, visit the “Find an EA” directory at www.naea.org

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