IRS gives three-month extension to those affected by Boston Marathon explosions

The Internal Revenue Service has announced a three-month tax filing and payment extension to taxpayers in the Boston area and others affected by the April 15 explosions at the Boston Marathon.

The extension applies to all taxpayers who live in Suffolk County, Mass., including the city of Boston. Also eligible for the extension are victims, their families, first responders, others impacted by this tragedy who live outside Suffolk County and taxpayers whose tax preparers were affected.

The IRS will issue a notice giving eligible taxpayers until July 15, 2013, to file their 2012 returns and pay any taxes normally due April 15. The IRS will not issue filing and payment penalties as long as returns are filed and payments are made by July 15, 2013. Interest, currently at 3 percent compounded daily, will still apply to any payments made after the April deadline.

The IRS will automatically provide the extension to anyone living in Suffolk County. If you live outside Suffolk County, you can claim this relief by calling 1-866-562-5227 starting Tuesday, April 23, and identifying yourself to the IRS before filing a return or making a payment. Eligible taxpayers who receive IRS penalty notices can also call the number to have the penalties abated.

Eligible taxpayers who need more time to file may receive an additional extension to Oct. 15, 2013, by filing Form 4868 by July 15, 2013.

Taxpayers with questions not related to the Boston tragedy should visit, or contact the regular IRS toll-free number at 1-800-829-1040.