California 2020 Wildfire Relief Resources

September is Preparedness Month

On Aug. 22, a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was approved for seven Northern California counties, triggering the availability of federal relief and to support impacted residents in Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration helps people in those counties through eligibility for support including crisis counseling, housing and unemployment assistance and legal services.

People who have sustained losses in the designated areas can now begin applying for assistance by registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

When registering, you will be asked for the following information:

  • Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien
  • Annual Household Income
  • Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address)
  • Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
  • Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

Note: You must provide an email address if you want to review your registration status online. If you do not provide an email address, you will be required to contact FEMA for any updates to your registration.

California Resources

Tax Relief Updates

  • IRS Tax Relief: Victims of the California wildfires that began Aug. 14 now have until Dec. 15, 2020, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual assistance. Currently this includes Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, but taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief.
  • IRS Disaster Relief Page
  • Rev. Proc. 2018-58: Postponement of Time-sensitive Acts IN Federally Declared Disaster Area


U.S. Small Business AdministrationOffice of Disaster Assistance Resources

California Department of Tax and Fee AdministrationState of Emergency Tax Relief

AICPA Resources