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Understanding the 2023 File Extension for California Taxpayers: Simplified Explanation

Updated: Jun 15, 2023


An unprecedented string of winter storms across the state of California has extended the deadline for 2022 tax filing. There’s a lot of information circulating about this news, which can be a bit confusing. Here’s a simple breakdown for questioning Californians…

What Happened

The IRS announced on January 11, 2023 that California storm victims will have an extended deadline of May 15, 2023 to file federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. On February 24, 2023 the IRS announced that the deadline would be further extended to October 16, 2023. As of the time of this blog’s publication, qualifying state residents have approximately six months to file their 2022 taxes.

Who Qualifies

Many areas of the state are eligible including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, and San Francisco counties. Click here to see if you’re eligible for the extension.

How to Request the Extension

The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. That means you don’t need to contact the IRS to get this relief nor file any forms to request the tax-filing extension. Should you qualify, you need only do what you normally do for filing taxes (be it filing on your own or with the help of a professional). Just be sure to file before the extended deadline of October 16, 2023.

Please be aware that this provision is for the State of California and tax year 2022 only.

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