Flood weary Rhode Islanders get tax extension

March 31, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Taxpayers in Rhode Island and much of eastern Massachusetts will get an extension on filing their federal income taxes because of the historic flooding in the region.

The IRS announced on Wednesday that the April 15 deadline would be extended to May 11 for Ocean State residents. The same extension applies to people who live or have businesses in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester Counties in Massachusetts.

The extension is intended for victims of severe flooding, but an IRS spokeswoman said taxpayers will not have to prove they were harmed by the storm.

The extension also covers tax payments and 2009 IRA contributions.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode island says the extension will give those impacted by flooding one less thing to worry about in the next couple of weeks.

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