US tax office extends filing deadline for overseas US residents

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the 18 April filing deadline to taxpayers outside the US to 15 June

The extension applies to US citizens and resident aliens who live and work outside the US and Puerto Rico.

Overseas taxpayers should be aware that even though the filing deadline has been extended, interest, which is currently set at the rate of 4% a year, compounded daily, applies to any payment received after 18 April.

The IRS generally provides relief, including postponing filing and payment deadlines, to any area covered by a disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Among other things, this relief includes extensions for relief workers, disaster area businesses and anyone whose tax records are located in the disaster area.

Information about the special tax rules for US taxpayers abroad is available in IRS Publication 54

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