IRS Gives Colorado Flood Victims Extension for Claiming Damages

Taxpayers in Colorado who suffered property damage during last year's flooding are being given additional time to decide on when they will claim those losses against their taxes.

The Internal Revenue Service made that announcement on Tuesday, providing them with an extension until Oct. 15, 2014. The extension gives eligible individuals and businesses until Oct. 15 to decide whether to claim these losses on either their 2012 or 2013 returns. Without the extension, these taxpayers would have had to make this choice by the original due date for the 2013 return, usually April 15.

Depending upon various income factors, claiming losses on a 2012 return versus a 2013 return could result in greater tax savings for some taxpayers. The extra time is available, regardless of whether a taxpayer requests a tax-filing extension for either year.

Eligible taxpayers are those who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed losses resulting from severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in the 20 federally-designated disaster area counties from Sept. 11 to Sept. 30, 2013. The disaster area counties are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Sedgwick, Washington and Weld.

Though taxpayers who miss the new Oct. 15 cut-off will lose the option of claiming their losses for 2012, they will still be able to claim them on an original or amended 2013 return. Further details are in Notice 2014-20, posted today on IRS.gov and also scheduled to be in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2014-15, dated April 7, 2014.

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