Four additional professional tax organizations have agreed to partner with the Internal Revenue Service to provide assistance to taxpayers at local disaster recovery centers established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced.

The National Association of Tax Professionals, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the National Society of Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants are the latest organizations to join IRS employees in staffing disaster recovery centers and assisting taxpayers affected by recent hurricanes.

When the president designates an area to receive federal disaster assistance, FEMA opens local disaster recovery centers where individuals and businesses may register for disaster aid. The IRS has been assigning employees to staff these local centers to provide tax assistance to taxpayers and agents and volunteers are currently providing tax assistance in dozens of FEMA sites.Assistance includes aiding with the preparation of tax returns and claims, providing copies of transcripts and returns, distributing disaster relief kits and answering questions about casualty losses and other issues. Earlier agreements to support the centers were signed with the American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the American Association of Attorney-CPAs.

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