Office of the State Treasurer


September 7, 2005

Kathy Hennessy
(609) 984-7110

NJ Tax Relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims

 TRENTON -- New Jersey Division of Taxation Director Robert Thompson and State Treasurer John E. McCormac said today that New Jersey will follow the gui delines provided by the IRS on special tax relief for taxpayers in the Hurricane Katrina Presidential Disaster Relief Areas.

 This special treatment is available for businesses and individuals located in the disaster areas, those whose tax records are in the disaster areas, and relief workers. These taxpayers have until October 31, 2005 to file N.J. tax returns that have either an original or extended due date between August 29 and October 31, 2005. Payment dates are likewise extended.

 "New Jersey is doing everything in its power to assist those whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina," said Acting Gov. Codey. "Providing some relief from state tax filing deadlines is a small but necessary step to help affected residents and businesses cope with the aftermath of this disaster," he said.

 "For State residents who have business and property interests in the Gulf region, it is vital to extend special accommodations made for federal taxes to State taxes," said Treasurer McCormac.

 To qualify for this relief, affected taxpayers must write in red ink "Presidential Disaster Relief Area - Hurricane Katrina" at the top of their New Jersey tax return when filed.

 Affected taxpayers who receive penalties for late filing or payment should call the Division of Taxation's Customer Service Center at 609-292-6400 for abatement information.

 Information about the areas that are eligible for tax relief as a result of the Hurricane Katrina disaster is available on the IRS Web site at

 For additional information about New Jersey tax relief for Hurricane Katrina victims, call 609-292-6400 or e-mail t he Division at

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