Hurricane Rita Disaster Area

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In Texas, nine counties qualify for automatic tax relief: Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange and Tyler.

In Louisiana, 23 parishes qualify for automatic tax relief: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Plaquemines, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon and West Baton Rouge

In other areas of Texas and Louisiana (outside of the nine counties and 21 parishes listed above), affected taxpayers are eligible for relief, but will need to self-identify. Taxpayers outside of Texas and Louisiana, whose books, records or tax professionals are located in the impacted areas, also will need to identify themselves to the IRS as hurricane victims.

The IRS encourages all victims of this hurricane to identify themselves by writing “Hurricane Rita” in red ink at the top of their tax forms or any other documents filed with the IRS. Taxpayers who need to alert the IRS or have other Rita-related questions can also call the special IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227.

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