Graves requests tax filing extension for Missouri River flood victims

Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) sent a letter today to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requesting a delay of the deadline for the filing of tax returns or a delay of the late filing penalty for those affected by recent flooding on the Missouri River.

Graves sent the letter after talking with local tax preparers who informed him that their clients affected by the recent flooding could not get a disaster-related tax filing extension due to the lack of a federal disaster declaration.

“Folks in Northwest Missouri affected by the flooding are hurting and have many more pressing issues to deal with as they start the recovery process,” said Graves. “While we wait for a federal disaster declaration, giving them an extension on filing their taxes or delaying any late-filing penalty would help ease the burden. I hope the IRS will recognize the extenuating circumstances my constituents are facing.”

On April 5th, Governor Mike Parson requested a joint preliminary assessment of damage by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration in preparation for an official request for federal disaster assistance. However, it is unclear when these assessments will be complete due to many areas still being underwater and it may not be complete by the tax filing deadline.