The Internal Revenue Service said victims of Hurricane Katrina will have until Jan. 3, 2006 to file any returns, pay any taxes, or make any deposits due -- extending an earlier announced reprieve.

The measure applies to any return, tax payment or tax deposit with an original or extended due date that fell on or after Aug. 29, 2005 in areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida hit by the storm. Any disaster area taxpayer who receives a penalty notice from the IRS should call the toll-free number on the notice to receive penalty abatement.

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