Hurricane Sandy Victims Qualify for Disaster Relief

NOTE: This article was updated November 20, 2012. See the update.

Following Hurricane Sandy's landfall, certain counties in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York have been declared a federal disaster area. As a result, affected taxpayers in the area qualify for an extension to February 1, 2013, of certain tax filing deadlines. The start dates for the relief are October 26 in New Jersey and October 27 in Connecticut and New York.

"Affected taxpayers" include taxpayers whose principal residence or principal place of business is located in the covered disaster area, taxpayers whose books or tax records or whose tax professionals' offices are located in the covered disaster area, and relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting with the relief activities in the covered disaster area. The relief provisions include:

Estimated tax payments

Affected taxpayers with an estimated tax payment due on or after the applicable start date indicated above and before February 1, 2013, receive an extension to make the payment until February 1, 2013.

Corporation franchise or income tax returns

For federal income tax returns of corporations, affected corporations with a due date that falls on or after the applicable start date indicated above and before February 1, 2013, are granted an extension of time to file until February 1, 2013. These corporations are allowed an additional 30 days beyond February 1, 2013, to file their corresponding Wisconsin returns.

State sales and use, withholding and excise tax returns, reports, and payments

For reporting periods with a due date that falls on or after the applicable start date indicated above and before February 1, 2013, an affected taxpayer may request a 30-day extension of time to file by contacting:

Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Registration Unit
PO Box 8949
Madison, WI 53708-8949

Taxpayers with questions about their particular tax situations may contact the Department:

Individual taxpayers – (608) 266-2772

Business taxpayers – (608) 266-2776

Alcohol Beverages, Cigarette/tobacco, and Motor Fuel taxpayers – (608) 266-6701

Page last updated November 8, 2012