IRS issues tax relief for Tennessee following December storms

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Thursday announced it would be offering tax relief for residents in Tennessee who were affected by the severe storms in December, the latest relief to be offered in light of historic tornadoes and massive wildfires that broke out at the end of 2021.

According to a release from the IRS, residents in Tennessee’s Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Stewart, Sumner, Weakley and Wilson counties whose homes or businesses were affected by “severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes” will be eligible for tax relief.

Tennessee was among the states affected by the massive tornado outbreak that swept through the Southeast and Midwest in mid-December. As WKRN reported, the outbreak was among the largest in state history. The storms ultimately killed 90 people, mostly in neighboring Kentucky, and caused billions of dollars in damage.

Resident have until May 16 to submit documents claiming disaster-related casualty losses or other relief. The required forms can be found here.

So far this year, the IRS has announced tax relief offerings in two other states, Colorado and Washington. Tax relief was offered following the widespread Marshall Fire that burned through Boulder County.

Tax relief offerings in response to natural disasters are not in uncommon. In 2021, the IRS offered tax relief more than 20 times for numerous states, many of which were for states affected by Hurricane Ida and its remnants.