While people are attempting to return to their normal lives after Hurricane Florence, affected students can expect flexibility at universities and resources like IRS tax relief.
President Donald Trump said in a press release Saturday that a major disaster exists in North Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender counties.
Assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to repair property for people who don't have insurance.
Following the disaster declaration, the IRS announced Saturday that affected taxpayers in the counties listed in the president’s declaration will receive various forms of tax relief.
This includes postponing various tax-filing deadlines between now and the end of January 2019.
Affected taxpayers in the disaster area also have the option of claiming disaster-related losses on their federal income tax return for this year or last year. Taxpayers can also deduct personal property losses not covered by insurance.
Taxpayers claiming disaster loss on a 2017 return should put the disaster designation “North Carolina, Hurricane Florence” at the top of the form, so the IRS can expedite processing, the press release said.
Students from these counties can expect flexibility and funding from some of their universities.
N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson emailed the university community Tuesday and thanked the staff who worked during the storm, noting the university understood students’ absences.