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Terrorist Attack-Disaster Relief Information for Individuals

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Program Description:

For eligible individuals and families who were victims of terrorist attacks, special provisions were enacted under the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001. Under this act, the federal income tax liability of those killed in the following attacks is forgiven for certain tax years:

  • April 19, 1995, attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building (Oklahoma City attack)
  • The September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 in Somerset County Pennsylvania (September 11 attacks)
  • Terrorist attacks involving anthrax occurring after September 10, 2001 and before January 1, 2002 (anthrax attacks).
Other relief is also provided, such as the exclusion from income of amounts received in compensation (such as payments from the Victim Compensation Fund and qualified disaster relief payments), as well as postponed tax deadlines, disaster area losses, and estate tax reductions.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for these tax benefits, you or a family member must have been a victim of a terrorist attack as described above, and you must be a taxpayer who is interested in receiving tax information or taxpayer assistance.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

No application is needed to utilize this program. However, you must file your taxes using the guidelines posted at


Program Contact Information:

For more information, contact your local Taxpayer Assistance Center:


Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of the Treasury

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