Storm Briefing

Region
Disaster declaration means tax relief comes for victims
- Victims of severe weather beginning April 15 may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.
President Barack Obama has declared the following counties federal disaster areas: Alcorn, Attala, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, DeSoto, Greene, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Panola, Quitman, Smith, Sunflower, Tishomingo, Tunica, Webster and Winston. Individuals who live or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.
As a result of the storms, the IRS is postponing until June 30 certain deadlines for taxpayers who live or have a business in the disaster area. This includes the April 18 deadline for filing 2010 individual income tax returns, making income tax payments and making 2010 contributions to an individual retirement account.
The IRS also is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after April 15 and on or before May 2 as long as the deposits were made by May 2.
Monroe County
MDEQ to set up site for hazardous waste
- SMITHVILLE – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will provide a household hazardous waste collection site for residents of Smithville and the surrounding area daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting today.
The site will remain open through Sunday, subject to the community’s needs and the participation by the public in the collection program. The collection site is located at the Smithville Wastewater Facility on Cemetery Road.
Household hazardous wastes include household chemical items, certain electronic wastes, and other materials in the home that may be harmful to pets or children.
Chickasaw County
Central donation facility set up for storm victims
- HOUSTON – A new central facility has been established to take in donations and to dispense supplies, food, and clothing to storm victims.
Located at 927 N. Jackson St. between Griffin Motors and the Mug N Cone, this facility replaces the several locations previously designated for such relief work. Plans currently call for the unit to be staffed 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and it will likely be open on Saturdays, depending on enough volunteers to keep it staffed. The Salvation Army has a limited number of cleanup kits available at the Central Facility.
Those interested in volunteering should call (662) 664-1690.

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