Haiti relief, military get tax deadline extension

The deadline to file your federal tax returns is today, but members of the military and certain people providing earthquake relief in Haiti have at least 180 days to file their 2009 returns and pay any taxes due.

Deadlines are automatically extended for people serving in a combat zone or a contingency operation. Operation Unified Response is a contingency operation, giving designated people providing earthquake relief in Haiti the same extensions that are available to military and support personnel.

The deadline applies to members of the military, Red Cross personnel, accredited correspondents and civilian support personnel acting under the direction of the armed forces. In most cases, it also applies to spouses.

The extensions are penalty-free and interest-free. No form is required.

For more information, go to and check out Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide.