Wednesday, April 18, 2007

SO THEY REALLY DO HAVE A HEART...

The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that it has granted a six-month extension for filing 2006 income tax returns, moving the deadline from April 17 to Oct. 15. The extension is available to shooting victims and their families, emergency responders, Tech students and university employees.

“Taxes are the last thing the Virginia Tech family should be worried about at this time,” said IRS Commissioner Mark Everson in a press release. “Our hearts go out to the people affected by this tragic event.” The IRS will not apply penalties for those eligible for the extension if returns and payments are made by Oct. 15. To claim the relief, eligible taxpayers must call the IRS at 1-866-562-5227 and identify themselves before filing or making a payment.

The same taxpayers will get an additional six months to file their state income tax returns. The Virginia Department of Taxation announced this morning that it has moved its May 1 filing deadline to Nov. 1 for people impacted by the Tech shootings.

"By granting this income tax filing and payment extension, the Tax Department is doing its small part to work with other state agencies to provide whatever support may be needed,” said Tax Commissioner Janie Bowen. “At a time like this, families need to be together and concentrate all of their efforts on healing."

To claim the state relief, eligible taxpayers must write the words "Virginia Tech" across the top of their Virginia tax returns.

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