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house Bill H.R. 1095

Should Taxpayers Affected by Natural Disasters Receive an Automatic 60-Day Extension For Their Tax Returns?

Argument in favor

It’s difficult for those affected by natural disasters to file taxes in a timely manner, as important documentation may get lost or destroyed during these events. Automatically extending these people’s tax filing deadlines will help reduce some of the strain associated with recovering from natural disasters.

NoHedges's Opinion
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04/11/2019
How about a two year extension, until the unnatural disaster of the 45th presidency passes?
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IllWill's Opinion
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04/11/2019
People who have been affected by natural disasters shouldn’t have to fight with the IRS for an extension, it should be automatic!
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/11/2019
While you can automatically file for an extension for any reason you are in effect penalized during that extension. If you owe taxes your interest owed on those taxes accumulates. If you don’t owe, you aren’t getting interest. What would be most helpful would be if the extension was a no penalty extension while folks find and/or replace their paperwork. Sixty days may not be enough time.
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Argument opposed

The IRS already has a helpline and trained specialists to help people affected by natural disasters access assistance for filing their taxes and offers extensions of up to six months if needed. There’s no need for an automatic, blanket extension if the IRS already helps those affected by natural disasters get extensions.

IAmNormaL's Opinion
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04/11/2019
You can already file for an extension no matter the reason and the IRS will let you file 6 months after the due date....why do people need an extra 2 months after that?
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Bill's Opinion
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04/11/2019
An extension isn’t necessary since Income tax (Sixteenth Amendment) is a blatant, in your face, unlawful amendment because it violated our inalienable rights. Criminalizing ones inalienable right is in fact against the law. Having a “tax” deadline or tax day is a brilliant reminder of the legislative tyranny that exists today in America.
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Cmbest's Opinion
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04/11/2019
They have had months to get ready for them. Their failure to be proactive should not be rewarded!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1095?

This bill — the Disaster Certainty Act of 2019 — would create an automatic 60-day tax deadline extension immediately following a Presidential Disaster Declaration, allowing taxpayers in the affected area to file their tax return later.

Impact

Taxpayers; residents of disaster areas; people affected by natural disasters; and the IRS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1095

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Tom Rice (R-SC) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress as part of the 2018 Natural Disasters Tax Relief Act, which seeks to give people rebuilding from natural disasters relief from some of the financial difficulties they’re facing:

“From Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas to the wildfires in California, natural disasters devastated communities across the country in 2018 and many people are still facing a long, costly recovery process. The 2018 Natural Disasters Tax Relief act will provide certainty and help alleviate some of the financial difficulties faced by those recovering from these disasters. This legislation creates an automatic 60-day tax deadline extension immediately following a Presidential Disaster Declaration. If a natural disaster coincides with a tax filing deadline, people will be able to prioritize their safety rather than worry about filing a tax return. As many of my constituents know too well, families are faced with unexpected costs after a natural disaster, but most do not have these funds at their immediate disposal. This legislation includes a number of targeted provisions that will ease this financial burden through targeted tax relief. I urge my colleagues to act quickly to pass this common-sense legislation that will provide a sense of stability and reassurance to those who are recovering from Hurricane Florence and other natural disasters across the nation.”

There are no cosponsors of this bill in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, this bill passed the full House as part of the Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 and the Tax Payer First Act of 2018 put together by then-House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), but that bill package didn’t pass the Senate due to most key Democratic leaders’ opposition to the proposed tax changes in the package.


Of NoteCurrently, in the case of a federally declared disaster, taxpayers can call the IRS at 866-562-5227 to speak with an IRS specialist trained to handle disaster-related issues. The IRS is able to provide tax relief to victims of federally declared disasters by offering extended deadlines to file their returns and submit their payments.

Taxpayers who need copies of their prior-year tax return have several options for retrieving them, including going to their paid preparer for a copy from them; using the same tax preparation software that they used the previous year, as the software will likely have a copy of that return; returning to their prior-year software for an electronic copy of their return even if they’re not using the same tax preparation software; and retrieving their prior-year return from the IRS via the Get Transcript application on IRS.gov, which allows both electronic and hard copy receipt by mail.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Disaster Certainty Act of 2019

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to automatically postpone certain deadlines in the case of taxpayers located in a disaster area.

    How about a two year extension, until the unnatural disaster of the 45th presidency passes?
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    You can already file for an extension no matter the reason and the IRS will let you file 6 months after the due date....why do people need an extra 2 months after that?
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    People who have been affected by natural disasters shouldn’t have to fight with the IRS for an extension, it should be automatic!
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    While you can automatically file for an extension for any reason you are in effect penalized during that extension. If you owe taxes your interest owed on those taxes accumulates. If you don’t owe, you aren’t getting interest. What would be most helpful would be if the extension was a no penalty extension while folks find and/or replace their paperwork. Sixty days may not be enough time.
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    This is a useful idea.
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    This is common sense. Yes. If you are in a disaster zone then you should get extra time. 60 days is to little 6 months sounds better.
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    We lost our home, all it’s contents & 2 vehicles.. We are fortunate ones who were financially set to be able to move from areas of bad weather ( 3 evacuations in less than 10 years) and purchase a home in Tyler,TX.. But the hardships that have fallen on my previous wonderful neighbors are still unresolved due to lack of funding & support by disaster funds and the lack of reasonably priced materials to do the repairs... Many of our previous neighbors, in our nice neighborhood of Wexford Park in Vidor,TX , are still in rebuilding stage after Hurricane Harvey.. We beg representatives of Texas to go see it for yourselves.. visit the communities & people you were voted in by.. see their pain & their hardships first hand..then you can understand why they should have extended time to submit their tax info.. My heart goes out to them for the physical, financial & emotional stress they are still experiencing..
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    They already have enough to deal with.
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    As should those with personal disasters like hospitalization, accidents, caregiving.
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    Simplify taxes with a flat tax
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    People who survive a natural disaster face countless roadblocks to getting back on their feet and normalizing their lives. If the government is good with giving gigantic refunds to large, profitable companies, then it should be good waiting a few extra months to grab money for those who have already undergone a disaster.
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    Of Course, We Know Who The Democratic Oppressors, Are NoHedges. The IRS already has a helpline and trained specialists to help people affected by natural disasters access assistance for filing their taxes and offers extensions of up to six months if needed. There’s no need for an automatic, blanket extension if the IRS already helps those affected by natural disasters get extensions. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻Democrats 👎🏻👎🏻. 4*11*19.....
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    The least we can do for these poor fellows.
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    Given how destructive most natural disasters are those who are affected (homes destroyed and or records lost should be granted a 120 day extension. When everything you own has been destroyed the last thing you need to worry about is filing your taxes.
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    Absolutely. The stress that one goes through during these times are horrendous. I believe that the Government should allow it.
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    Yes of course. Doesn't this just simply make sense?
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    How about a 90-day extension?
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    Just remove personal income taxes from every individual making less than $97,500 and every joint filing less than $150,000. Then remove all right-offs and deductions. Move all taxes to those making more and businesses. Charge all religious entities comparable taxes and remove all tax-exempt businesses. Make all political PACs and 501C-3s and similar pay double or triple in taxes. Any political campaigns with have to pay triple taxes on everything, including salaries. Raise taxes on people who are oppressors.
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    Since even filing for an extension might be difficult for these people, an automatic extension would be a great idea.
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    Imagine trying to reconstruct all your pertinent tax records and receipts when all has been destroyed in a disastrous event. Yes we need to offer some mitigation to those ill-affected.
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