The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced special tax filing relief for Californians affected by wildfires. Taxpayers in governor-declared or presidentially declared disaster areas are granted an extension to file tax year 2019 California tax returns until December 15, 2020.

This relief applies to various upcoming tax filing deadlines for individuals and businesses in eight California counties: Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo. Any counties added later to the disaster area will be granted the same extension of time to file.

The filing extensions include:

  • Individual filers whose previous tax-filing extension was set to end October 15. Because tax payments related to these returns were originally due on July 15, any payments associated with these filings are not eligible for relief.
  • Calendar-year tax-exempt organizations whose previous 2019 extensions were due to end November 15.

For a complete list of all disasters declared by the governor, see the List of Disasters chart on FTB’s disaster loss webpage.