Tax Filing Relief Available for Wildfire Victims

Fallen Log in California Wildfire

The Franchise Tax Board announced November 5 that taxpayers in certain governor-declared disaster areas are granted an extension to January 15, 2021, to file California tax returns on 2019 income and make any tax payments that would have been due between September 4 and January 15.

“With more time to file and make certain payments, we hope to provide some relief to families and workers affected by these devastating wildfires,” State Controller and FTB Chair Betty Yee said.
The relief is separate from that provided on August 28 for the California wildfires that began in August.

FTB’s extension applies to individuals and businesses in the same 10 counties the IRS granted relief to on October 19 and October 23: Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma. Any counties added later to the disaster area will be granted the same extension of time to file. For more information, see the FTB’s disaster loss webpage.