- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 9, 2019

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri is trying to give those affected by flooding in Missouri a reprieve from the approaching tax filing deadline.

Graves announced Monday that he sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service seeking a delay of the deadline for filing returns or a delay of the late filing penalty for those affected by flooding.

Holt and Atchison counties in northwest Missouri were among the hardest hit by the flooding along the Missouri River.

Graves said in a news release that those affected by the flooding could not get a disaster-related tax filing extension because of a lack of a federal disaster declaration.

A preliminary assessment of the damage needed to prepare an official request for federal disaster assistance has not been completed.

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