Some Alaskans qualify for tax deadline extension due to Nov. 30 earthquake

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While most Americans will have until tonight to turn in their 2018 tax returns, some Alaskans will have another two whole weeks to file, thanks in part to the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Alaska last year.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, victims of the Nov. 30 earthquake will have until April 30, 2019 to file. Individuals who may qualify, according to the IRS, include those who live or have a business in the Municipality of Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Matanuska-Susitna Borough may qualify for tax relief.

This extension is due in part to the major disaster declaration made by President Donald Trump following the quake. The IRS said that permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area, including 2018 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2019.

The IRS said it automatically identifies taxpayers in the disaster area, and then applies automatic filing and payment relief. Impacted taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

According to the IRS, as many as 50 million taxpayers have yet to file, meaning that many will be procrastinating until the last minute. For those qualifying Alaska residents, the procrastination can continue up until April 30.