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IRS Gives Extension to Taxpayers Affected by Boston Marathon

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Taxpayers who were affected by the twin explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday will be given a three-month extension to file and pay their taxes, the Internal Revenue Service announced on Tuesday.

"This relief applies to all individual taxpayers who live in Suffolk County, Mass., including the city of Boston.  It also includes victims, their families, first responders, others impacted by this tragedy who live outside Suffolk County and taxpayers whose tax preparers were adversely affected," the IRS said in a statement.

Eligible taxpayers will now have until July 15 to file their returns and pay any taxes that were due on Tax Day, April 15.

“Our hearts go out to the people affected by this tragic event,” IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller said.  “We want victims and others affected by this terrible tragedy to have the time they need to finish their individual tax returns.”

The IRS says the extension will be automatically applied to Suffolk County residents.  All other eligible taxpayers "can claim this relief by calling 1-866-562-5227 starting Tuesday, April 23, and identifying themselves to the IRS before filing a return or making a payment," according to the agency.

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