CALL GEORGIA 2-1-1 FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION AND REFERRALS
- DIAL 2-1-1
- IF OUT OF STATE, VISIT http://www.211.org TO SEARCH FOR THE LOCAL # OF THE 2-1-1 THAT SERVES YOUR AREA
- ATLANTA 2-1-1 WEB RESOURCES: https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/hurricane-info/
QUICK LINKS & PHONE NUMBERS
- Georgia Emergency Management: http://www.gema.ga.gov or 1-800-TRY-GEMA; Twitter: @GeorgiaEMA
- Central Georgia Emergency Management: http://www.maconbibb.us/ema/
- Georgia Power – Utilities Power Outages Map: http://outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html
- Food Stamps (SNAP) Replacement Benefit: Georgia residents who lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a weather event may request replacement benefits. Residents that experienced a food loss due to a power outage of 4 hours or more may receive replacement benefits within 10 days of the reported loss. SNAP recipients are require dto report the loss of food to the local Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office and complete a Food Loss Replacement Form (For 841) within 10 days of the loss. Visit https://dfcs.georgia.gov/food-stamp-benefits-replacement to download the form.
Georgia Power Estimated Restoration Timetable:
- Athens – 9/14 by 10pm
- Atlanta – 9/15 by 10pm
- Augusta – 9/16 by 12pm
- Macon – 9/16 by 10pm
- Savannah/Brunswick – 9/16 by 10pm
- Valdosta – 9/16 by 10pm
For pet-friendly travel options: http://petfriendlytravel.com/pet_shelters#GA
- Updated list of Red Cross shelters and other shelter options (animal shelters, campgrounds): http://www.gema.ga.gov/Web%20Content/GEMA_HS%20Shelter%20Information.pdf
- Shelter information: https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/hurricane-info/
- Evacuation and Sheltering information for the deaf and hard of hearing community can be found on the GEMA/HS YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/1YKmw8Kcg8g
The Georgia Department of Revenue, along with the federal IRS, is extending tax deadlines to some individuals and businesses. For full details, visit https://dor.georgia.gov/press-releases/2017-09-14/department-revenue-extends-relief-victims-hurricane-irma
From IRS Newswire newsletter – September 19, 2017
All of Georgia Now Eligible for Disaster Tax Relief
WASHINGTON — Hurricane Irma victims in the entire state of Georgia now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions that run out on Oct. 16, and businesses with extensions that ran out on Sept. 15. It parallels relief previously granted to Irma victims throughout Florida and in parts of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and Harvey victims in parts of Texas.
For taxpayers in Georgia, this relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Sept. 7, 2017. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period.
This includes the Sept. 15, 2017 and Jan. 16, 2018 deadlines for making quarterly estimated tax payments. For individual tax filers, it also includes 2016 income tax returns that received a tax-filing extension until Oct. 16, 2017. The IRS noted, however, that because tax payments related to these 2016 returns were originally due on April 18, 2017, those payments are not eligible for this relief.
A variety of business tax deadlines are also affected including the Oct. 31 deadline for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns. Businesses with extensions also have the additional time including, among others, calendar-year partnerships whose 2016 extensions ran out on Sept. 15, 2017 and calendar-year tax-exempt organizations whose 2016 extensions run out on Nov. 15, 2017. The disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for the additional time.
In addition, the IRS is waiving late-deposit penalties for federal payroll and excise tax deposits normally due during the first 15 days of the disaster period. Check out the disaster relief page for the time periods that apply to each jurisdiction.
The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Thus, taxpayers need not contact the IRS to get this relief. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.
In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization. It also includes tax professionals who, due to the disaster, are unable to meet a tax-filing or payment deadline for their clients who live or are located outside the disaster area.
Individuals and businesses who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred (in this instance, the 2017 return normally filed next year), or the return for the prior year (2016). See Publication 547 for details.
The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by severe storms and flooding and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA.
The National Weather Service reports a Flood Warning is in effect for Chatham County until 11:45pm on Tuesday, September 12th.
For county by county information, scroll to bottom of this page where there is a drop down for each county. Once you identify the county, takes you to a general page and the county website is on the left. Some but not all have local updates: http://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx
- Live updates from local 2-1-1 at http://211uwcv.blogspot.com/2017/09/hurricane-irma-resources.html or by texting Irma17 to 898211
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