Hurricane Harvey victims are eligible for several types of tax relief through the IRS, officials said Tuesday.

IRS officials announced Tuesday that victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria qualify for additional filing time, including those individual filers whose extension runs out Oct. 16.

Businesses whose extensions ran out Sept. 15; those who have quarterly payroll and excise tax returns due Oct. 31; and those who have quarterly estimated tax payments due Sept. 15 and Jan. 16, 2018, are all eligible for extra time, officials said.

Those eligible will have until Jan. 31 to file returns and pay taxes, officials said.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 in Rockport, about 200 miles south of Galveston County, but in the 72 or so hours that followed, it dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some parts of the county, swelling creeks and bayous and flooding an estimated 20,000 homes in the county.

The IRS is also offering taxpayers in disaster areas other special assistance, including a program that allows employees to forgo vacation, sick and personal leave for employers to make cash payments to relief charities, officials said.

Individuals and businesses that incurred uninsured or unreimbursable disaster losses can claim those on filings for the year the loss occurred or the year before, officials said.

The IRS is also waiving fees for copies of already filed tax returns for those in disaster areas to help those with files lost in the hurricanes, officials said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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