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In just more than a week, millions of taxpayers will be focusing on the start of the 2024 tax filing season.

But some residents of Illinois, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also must pay attention to other altered tax deadlines.

They live in areas declared major disasters by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As is typically the case, the IRS followed those announcements by providing the affected taxpayers some tax relief.

Here are some reminders of the new tax deadlines — in February for some Illinois and Caribbean residents, and June for those in Tennessee — for those disaster weary taxpayers.

Cook County filers face Feb. 15 due date: The Illinois taxpayers who got disaster-related tax relief are residents or business owners in Cook County, which includes the county seat of Chicago.

That specific area was hard hit last September by severe storms and flooding. The IRS gave the affect taxpayers until Feb. 15 to meet certain tax deadlines.

Cook County individual filers who got an extension for their 2022 returns were allowed to miss the original Oct. 16, 2023, deadline. They now have until the new Feb. 15 due date to get those forms to the IRS.

The upcoming mid-February date also is Cook County taxpayers' new deadline for making the final 2023 estimated income tax payment that was due Jan. 16, 2024.

USVI taxpayers have until Feb. 29 to file: Taxpayers in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) also face a new February deadline, but it's on the month's Leap Year extended last day.

Elevated levels of lead and copper in water supply in Saint Croix, USVI, prompted the IRS to give these U.S. territory filers until Feb. 29 to make their fourth estimated tax payment for 2023 that was due on Jan. 16.

Tennessee filers face June 17 deadline: The holidays were harsh for many Tennessee residents. Starting Dec. 9, 2023, severe storms and deadly tornadoes ripped through the Volunteer State.

FEMA designated Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Montgomery, Stewart, and Sumner as disaster areas. Those taxpayers now have until June 17 to meet various tax responsibilities

For individual filers, this includes more time to file their 2203 income tax returns that for the rest of us are due April 15. The extended filing due date also gives the affected Tennessee taxpayers until the June date to make 2023 tax year contributions to their IRAs and health savings accounts.

Tennessee taxpayers in the seven disaster counties also have until June 17 to make their quarterly estimated tax payments that were due on Jan. 16, the final 2023 amount, and April 15, the first estimated payment for 2024.

Business filers get relief, too: This post focuses on the added tax time for individual taxpayers, but business owners also get relief.

Click the Feb. 15, Fe. 29, and June 17 dates linked earlier this post for the business tax tasks and deadlines in the Chicago, Saint Croix, and Tennessee disaster areas.

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