If you were affected by a major disaster or emergency in your area, the Disaster Losses Kit, Publication 2194, can help you claim unreimbursed casualty losses on property that was destroyed by a natural disaster. This publication is available on the IRS.gov website. Type the term “Publication 2194” in the key word search feature of www.irs.gov.
Tax Records - To qualify for disaster loans and grants from other federal agencies, you must have filed all required federal tax returns. IRS understands that many of your tax records may have been lost or destroyed. We can provide copies or transcripts of your previously filed tax returns free of charge, when you submit Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return.
If you need IRS forms or publications, there are several ways you can obtain them. You can download forms from www.irs.gov. . You can also order forms or publications at no cost by calling 1-800-829-3676. If you need additional tax assistance, please call 1-800-829-1040.
Disaster Information on the Web - To access the latest disaster tax information on www.irs.gov; use the key word “disasters”.
Taxpayer Assistance Center & IRS Hotline - The special toll free disaster hotline is 1-866-562-5227 and can assist with explanations on the type of relief provided by IRS, tax preparation, guidance on how to report a casualty loss on original or amended returns, address change requests, assistance with suppression of notices when applicable, expediting tax refunds, and process Reasonable Cause requests to skip a payment on an installment agreement account. To find a Taxpayer Assistance Center in your area access the “Contact IRS” section on the home page of IRS.gov or call the IRS Hotline.
Monitor the IRS.gov website for upcoming tax relief for Hurricane Irene victims at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=108362,00.html .