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Government agencies post Hurricane Sandy relief notices

Washington—The Internal Revenue Service is offering special tax relief and assistance to individual and business taxpayers in Presidential Disaster Areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, which stormed ashore to create havoc Oct. 28-31 as Superstorm Sandy. The IRS expects to grant additional filing and payment relief as qualifying disaster declarations are issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

IRS notices describe relief for taxpayers in specified areas of Connecticut, New-Jersey and New-York. Additional relief information will be posted on the Tax-Relief-in-Disaster-Situations page at irs.gov.

Other IRS notices announce special relief for employers to encourage leave donation programs for storm-affected employees and caution charitable donors to Beware-of-Hurricane-Sandy-Scams.

According to the FEMA website, affected individuals and businesses in eligible counties in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York can apply for disaster assistance.

The U.S. Small Business Administration SBA website offers "resources to help you rebuild your business or home." Disaster loan applications are available for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations, the SBA website says.

SBA notices in the Nov. 14 Federal Register, the official record of government regulatory activity, include information on interest rates and application deadlines for physical and economic injury loans in areas determined to be adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy in  Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

The government websites cited in this report may include conflicting information given the continued updating and amending of the disaster declarations. The Nov. 14 SBA notices were the most recent available at ADA News publication time.  

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