A number of federal agencies, professional associations and private businesses are continuing to assemble efforts to combat the destruction brought to the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina.

The Internal Revenue Service, one of the first to begin announcing efforts to aid victims, launched a special toll-free telephone number for use by taxpayers affected by Katrina. Callers to the dedicated phone line can find out about available tax relief, get free copies of their tax return transcripts and receive disaster tax loss kits.

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