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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Maine Tax Relief for April 16 Storm Victims Expanded
May 30, 2007
Jerome Gerard, Acting Executive Director of Maine Revenue Services (MRS), announced today that Maine tax relief previously provided to taxpayers located in York and Cumberland counties has been extended to taxpayers located in Knox, Lincoln, Oxford and Sagadahoc counties.
Taxpayers whose tax records are located in these six counties will have until June 25, 2007, to file Maine tax returns originally due any time from April 17, 2007, through June 25, 2007. These counties have been declared disaster areas by President Bush due to the storm on April 16, 2007. This relief applies to all taxes administered by Maine Revenue Services, including Sales and Use Taxes, Individual and Corporate Income Taxes, and the Financial Institution Franchise Tax and mirrors the extension period granted by the Internal Revenue Service for affected taxpayers. This extension of time to file Maine returns for taxpayers located in Knox, Lincoln, Oxford and Sagadahoc counties follows a previous extension for filing returns through June 25, 2007, for taxpayers located in York and Cumberland counties.
Although the new extended relief does not generally apply to tax payments paid after April 26, 2007, taxpayers may request a waiver of interest and penalty charges if the required payment was paid late due to the effects of the storm.
To qualify for relief, taxpayers directly impacted by the storm should write “APRIL 16 STORM” across the top of their return. Taxpayers who e-file their returns can use their software’s “disaster” feature, if available. Taxpayers who use Maine’s free I-file application may do so without specific reference to the storm.
Taxpayers with questions about federal tax relief associated with the April 16 storm should contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 or go to the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov for posted information. Taxpayers with questions about their Maine taxes are encouraged to contact MRS at 207-626-8475 for Income Tax or 207-624-9693 for Sales Tax, or visit the MRS web site at http://www.maine.gov/revenue
If the IRS grants further relief to other Maine areas affected by severe storms and flooding, Maine Revenue Services intends to grant similar relief to affected Maine taxpayers.
Contact:Maine Revenue Services
Last update: 07/20/10
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