Some Tennessee employers have been offered some payroll tax filing relief by the IRS. Specifically, employers in Bradley, Claiborne, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton and Polk counties which were declared federal disaster areas after severe weather in late February allows the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. Certain IRS deadlines from February 29, 2012 to May 31, 2012 have been postponed to May 31, 2012. Failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due from February 29 to March 15, 2012 were waived as long as the deposits were made by March 15, 2012.  (This includes the April 17 deadline for filing 2011 individual income tax returns, making income tax payments and making 2011 contributions to an individual retirement account (IRA).)

If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate any interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply.  Penalties or interest will be abated only for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date, that falls within the postponement period.