As Category 4 Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, the IRS is reminding individuals and businesses to create or update their emergency preparedness plans, according to www.irs.gov.
During 2018, the IRS has offered tax relief and assistance to millions of victims of natural disasters, including hurricanes, severe storms, flooding, tornados, wildfires, high winds, tropical storms, an earthquake and a volcano.
Individuals, families and businesses can get ready for a disaster with a preparedness plan that includes key documents, lists of belongings and property.
In the case of a federally declared disaster with FEMA Individual Assistance, an affected taxpayer can call (866) 562-5227 to speak with an IRS specialist trained to handle disaster-related issues. Taxpayers can get copies of previously filed tax returns and all attachments, including Forms W-2, by filing Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return. Tax transcripts that show most line items on a tax return can be ordered through the Get Transcript link on IRS.gov; by calling (800) 908-9946; or by using Form 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return.