The Internal Revenue Service has extended tax deadlines for taxpayers affected by Hurricane Ike, which spread devastation over the weekend in Galveston and other parts of Texas, Louisiana and other states.

Taxpayers and tax preparers will have an extra seven days to file their corporate tax returns and third-quarter estimated taxes that would have been due on Sept. 15. Taxpayers directly impacted by the storm will have until at least midnight, Sept. 22, to meet their tax-filing obligations without incurring late filing and payment penalties.

The IRS said it is likely to further postpone that deadline and make further tax relief available following damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Affected taxpayers can mark their paper tax returns with the words "Hurricane Ike." Taxpayers who electronically file their returns can use the software's "disaster" feature, if it's available. Visit the IRS.gov Web site for further information.

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