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Boston-Area Taxpayers Will Get Time on Taxes, IRS Says

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Updated Wed. April 17, 11:20 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service says victims of the Boston Marathon bombings can take an additional three months to file and pay their federal income taxes.

The agency announced Tuesday that all residents of Suffolk County, Mass., including the city of Boston, can take the additional time to file. People affected by bombing who live elsewhere can claim the extension by calling the IRS at 1-866-562-5227, starting April 23.

Monday's bombing occurred on the traditional tax filing deadline. Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said the agency wants the victims and others affected by the bombings to have the time they need to finish their taxes.

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still kiss my ass

April 17 2013 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh Gee, How freakin magnanimous of the IRS LMAO!!!! Do the dead get extra extra time?

April 17 2013 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kind of a stretch. If this had occurred on the 2nd or even the 7th, then maybe particularly if injured or close family was. Anyone actually planning to file their taxes on 4/15 pretty much had to have it in an envelope, postage attached on the morning of 4/15. It goes without saying they all owed vs refund. This will probably allow thousands to milk it vs benefiting the few that are legitimate. The few deserving could have been handled with an after the fact waiver.

April 17 2013 at 5:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The attack at the Boston Marathon was absolutely horrendous but this is a bit overboard. There could be hundreds of people across the US that had a tragedy - are they allowed to file their taxes late?

April 16 2013 at 8:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jeanne's comment

I was hospitalized on April 1 a couple years back. I wasn't released until July. The IRS hit me with a $2,000 penalty for failure to file on time. When I explained what happened they waived the penalty but collected the interest.

April 16 2013 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is ridiculous. What does this event have to do with filing your taxes on time? This tragedy happened on the day taxes were due. If you waited till the last minute, you should be SOL just like the rest of the idiots who waited till the last minute.

April 16 2013 at 8:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to f1v79's comment

And at least an extension should have been the mail

April 17 2013 at 2:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Didn't the time expire days ago? So it takes a deadly tragedy for the IRS to show concern. Ahh, so sweet.

April 16 2013 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah...that was first and foremost on their minds.

April 16 2013 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Port Paragon

Gee wilakers. Those folks down at the IRS sure are a swell bunch of folks.

April 16 2013 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was thinking of that myself. Deadlines and date-specific events (like primary elections) are extended or changed after a major castastrope, either natural, (such as Sandy) oer human caused, (the terrorist attacks on 9-11-01 came on New York primary election day). It so happens that anyone in Mass., or anyone elsewhere filing at the Andover Mass Service Center, had until today, an extra day, due to the state holiday in Mass., which often falls on tax filing day.

April 16 2013 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply