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Vice President Mike Pence to travel to Tulsa, tour flooding damage

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 16:40:43-04

TULSA — Vice President Mike Pence said on Twitter Monday afternoon that he will be traveling to Tulsa on Tuesday to survey damage from widespread flooding and severe storms.

Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will be in town after it was announced that the White House has approved federal aid for Oklahoma due to the storms. Pence is set to fly in to Tulsa just before 11 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared that a major disaster exists in Oklahoma, and ordered federal assistance to supplement the state in its recovery efforts.

The declaration makes federal funding available for parts of Oklahoma affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began on May 7 and continued throughout the month.

Federal funding is available for affected individuals in Muskogee, Tulsa and Wagoner counties.

Assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

The White House also says that emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided in the counties of Haskell, Le Flore, Noble, Osage, Pawnee and Sequoyah.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

The IRS announced Monday that affected taxpayers in Muskogee, Tulsa and Wagoner counties may now qualify for tax relief.

Read the following info from the IRS:

Victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that took place on May 7, 2019 in Oklahoma may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

The President has declared that a major disaster occurred in the State of Oklahoma. Following the recent disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in certain areas will receive tax relief.

Individuals who reside or have a business in Muskogee, Tulsa and Wagoner Counties may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after May 7, 2019 and before Sept. 16, 2019, are granted additional time to file through Sept. 16, 2019. This includes the quarterly estimated income tax payment due on June 17, 2019, as well as the employment and excise tax returns due on July 31, 2019

In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after May 7, 2019, and before May 22, 2019, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by May 22, 2019.

If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

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