The Internal Revenue Service will grant a six-month tax filing and payment extension to those affected by the shootings at Virginia Tech.The relief applies to the victims, their families and emergency responders, as well as university students and employees.

The relief will give taxpayers affected by the events until Oct. 15, to file and make payments associated with their 2006 individual tax returns, which were otherwise due April 17. In order to claim the relief, affected taxpayers must call the IRS at (866) 562-5227 and identify themselves, before they file or make payment.

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