In recent interviews, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson has said that the agency will postpone initiating collection activities against taxpayers in areas struck by Hurricane Katrina until next year.

Earlier this month, the IRS issued announcements reminding affected taxpayers in the areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama most severely damaged by the hurricane that the deadline for filing their 2004 and 2005 individual income tax returns was Oct. 16, 2006.

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