Updated 4:10 p.m. Friday
Yes, for most Americans, Tax Day this year falls on Tuesday, April 18.
But if you live or own a business in the Bay Area, the deadline to file and pay both your federal and state taxes has been extended to Oct. 16.
Not everyone is aware that the federal and state tax deadlines have been extended for the majority of California counties, including all nine Bay Area counties. So if you’re feeling nervous because there are only a few days left till April 18, keep reading for everything you need to know about the 2023 tax deadline extension — including why you’re not alone if you had no idea you could benefit from this extension.
(And when you’re done, why not send this to someone else, so they know about the extension, too?)
- Jump to: Why you might choose to file your taxes as soon as possible anyway, regardless of the extension
Why is the Bay Area getting this tax deadline extension?
In short, it’s because of the severe winter storms that hit California from late December to early January.
Many Californians had their homes and belongings devastated by these storms and by the flooding, landslides, mudslides and evacuations they caused. A Los Angeles Times report estimated that this year’s winter storms have caused nearly $1 billion in damage. This extension is intended as a form of tax relief for the majority of Californians, in light of those severe weather events.
For your reassurance, here are the three IRS announcements on the federal tax deadline extension that includes the Bay Area. After each serious storm event, the IRS listed the California counties that were affected each time. If a county was named in any of these three IRS announcements — as every one of the nine counties in the Bay Area was — it remains eligible for the federal tax extension:
- Link: IRS announces tax relief for victims of severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in California (Jan. 10)
- Link: IRS announces tax relief for victims of severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in California (Jan. 24)
- Link: IRS provides tax relief for victims of severe winter storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in California (March 17)
As for state taxes, here is the information from the California Franchise Tax Board on the state tax deadline extension for those California counties named in those IRS announcements, including the Bay Area:
Gov. Gavin Newsom also explicitly named the nine Bay Area counties in his March 2 statement that California would be extending the filing and payment deadline for state taxes as well as federal taxes, “aligning with the IRS.”
What Bay Area counties get this automatic extension to file and pay their federal and state taxes?
All of them: Every county in the nine-county Bay Area region will get this extension. That means if you live or own a business in one of the following Bay Area counties, you’ll automatically get the extension:
- Contra Costa
- San Francisco
- Santa Clara
- San Mateo
And if you’re reading this outside the Bay Area, the full alphabetical list of California counties in which residents and businesses can receive an automatic extension is:
Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba