Non-Local News Releases

This category will feature news releases from out-of-area government agencies and representatives, as well as events that are not taking place in the four-county area of Grant, Catron, Hidalgo or Luna. For those events please visit Local News Releases.

Media Relations Office Phoenix, AZ.
Tel. 202.317.4000

For Release: Oct. 13, 2017

Release No: IR-2017-174

Reminder: Oct. 24 is Deadline for Foreign Financial Institutions Participating in FATCA to Check Their Renewal Requirement
PHOENIX - - Internal Revenue Service officials today urged foreign financial institutions to quickly renew their Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) agreements if required. If an FFI is required to renew its agreement and fails to do so by Oct. 24, 2017, the group will be removed from the November FFI list and will be subject to a 30 percent withholding tax on certain U.S. source payments.
An FFI must determine whether it is required to renew its FFI agreement.

Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump announced his new strategy on Iran:

"From the beginning, the Iran Deal was a dangerous agreement that acted against the interest of American national security and the safety of our allies in the region. Rather than working to stabilize the region, the Obama Administration made it easier for the Iran regime to further support terrorism.

White Sands Missile Range Notification

For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.

  • Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT traffic advisory web-site at http://nmroads.com and can be retrieved through our automated system at 511 in New Mexico or 1-800-432-4269 from any line.
  • Las Cruces and El Paso Gates will be closed on October 18th from 9:00 am to 10:15 am due to a Full-Scale Exercise. If you have business on or off the post during these hours, please reschedule or plan your travel accordingly.

Unique Events:

Thursday October 19: Jimmy Stadler Presents: Taos Academy Autumn Music Show! Come check out the talented youth of Taos at the KTAOS Solar Center! Upwards of 30 Taos Academy students will be performing in three different bands from 6:30-8 PM. There is NO COVER, but a suggested donation which goes directly to benefit the Taos Academy Music Program. These kids are seriously talented, but with a teacher like Jimmy Stadler that is no surprise! Music starts at 6:30PM! All ages welcome and encouraged!

Friday October 20: Join us in the pavilion at 8 PM for Max Gomez' "Me & Joe" CD Release Party. Music starts after Solar Cinema at 8 PM. All Ages Welcome. $10 in Advance/ $15 Day of Show. Though still only in his twenties, Max Gomez has always had the heart of an old soul. While many young artists write songs with the mere intention of entertaining the masses, Max's songs are filled with the raw emotion and capture the spirit of those who came before him. Friday October 20: Max Gomez' "Me & Joe" Release Party, 8PM Show, All Ages, $10 in Advance/ $15 Day of Show.

eric scholljegerdes rsNew Mexico State University Animal and Range Sciences Associate Professor Eric Scholljegerdes will be one of the experts on hand at the "Let's Talk! Breakfast in Town" program Wednesday, Oct. 18, for ranchers in Guadalupe County and the surrounding area. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)WRITER: Darrell J. Pehr, 575-646-3223, pehr@nmsu.edu

SANTA ROSA, N.M. – Agricultural experts and producers will gather Wednesday, Oct. 18, for a Ranchers' Roundtable discussion of range livestock production at the Blue Hole Convention Center, 1085 Blue Hole Road.

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PHOENIX — Victims of wildfires ravaging parts of California now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions that run out this coming Monday, Oct. 16.

Currently, the IRS is providing relief to seven California counties: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba. Individuals and businesses in these localities, as well as firefighters and relief workers who live elsewhere, qualify for the extension. The agency will continue to closely monitor this disaster and may provide other relief to these and other affected localities.

The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Oct. 8, 2017. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file returns and pay any taxes originally due during this period.

This includes the Jan. 16, 2018 deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments. For individual tax filers, it also includes 2016 income tax returns that received a tax-filing extension until Oct. 16, 2017. The IRS noted, however, that because tax payments related to these 2016 returns were originally due on April 18, 2017, those payments are not eligible for this relief.

A variety of business tax deadlines are also affected, including the Oct. 31 deadline for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns. Calendar-year tax-exempt organizations whose 2016 extensions run out on Nov. 15, 2017 also qualify for the extra time.

In addition, the IRS is waiving late-deposit penalties for federal payroll and excise tax deposits normally due after Oct. 8 and before Oct. 23, if the deposits are made by Oct. 23, 2017. Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Thus, taxpayers need not contact the IRS to get this relief. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes firefighters and workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

Individuals and businesses who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred (in this instance, the 2017 return normally filed next year) or the return for the prior year (2016). See Publication 547 for details.

The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by these wildfires and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after voting against a House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act. This amendment allows the federal government to borrow money to provide additional funds for emergency relief while bailing out the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):

"Around the nation, individuals and families are working to recover and rebuild from disastrous hurricanes, and thousands more continue to be impacted by devastating wildfires in California. Congress has the responsibility to aid in the recovery by providing emergency disaster funding – no one can disagree with this charge or with the need. If the amendment simply ensured the communities hardest hit have the money needed to recover, I would have easily supported it, as I did a couple weeks ago for the last emergency aid funding bill. However, yesterday's action was an attempt to play politics with emergency relief funds and ignore billions of dollars in federal debt.

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