The Internal Revenue Service is providing additional time -- through Oct. 16 -- to file 2004 and 2005 individual income tax returns for taxpayers hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.

Earlier this year, the IRS granted a postponement through Aug. 28, for victims in the most severely damaged parishes and counties of Louisiana and Mississippi. The IRS is now offering extensions for filing individual income tax returns to taxpayers in 31 Louisiana parishes, 49 Mississippi counties and 11 Alabama counties.

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