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DOL and IRS Issue Relief for Hurricane Irma Victims

Posted on September 14 2017 03:13 PM

Estimated Tax Payment, Retirement Plan & Other Relief Granted

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued several forms of relief to victims of Hurricane Irma. Highlights of this relief include:

  1. Extension for Estimated Tax Payments: Businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma will have until January 31, 2018 to make quarterly estimated tax payments that were due on September 15, 2017 and January 16, 2018.
  2. Relaxed Rules for Retirement Plan Loans and Distributions: 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) retirement plans will not be treated as failing to satisfy any requirement of the Internal Revenue Code or its corresponding regulations merely because the plan issues a loan or hardship distribution to a plan participant for a need arising from Hurricane Irma. Plan administrators may generally rely upon representations from the participant as to the need for and amount of a hardship distribution.
  3. Temporary Suspension of Certain Affirmative Action Requirements: For a period of three months, from September 8, 2017 to December 8, 2017, new federal contracts to provide Hurricane Irma relief efforts will be exempt from having to develop written affirmative action programs.

The announced relief generally applies to businesses and individuals in areas designated for assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Click here for a complete list of these designated areas.

For more information on this and other relief granted by the DOL and IRS, please see these news releases from the DOL and IRS, as well as IRS Announcement 2017-13

Visit our section on Affirmative Action Compliance for Federal Contractors for more information on equal employment opportunity laws that apply when doing business with the federal government.