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Oso Mudslide Victims Can Postpone Taxes Until Oct. 15

Elaine Thompson
AP Photo
Tayler Drayton, 16, finishes painting words of support on a bus stop for those affected by a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.

The Internal Revenue Service says victims of the Oso mudslide in Washington don't have to worry about the April 15 deadline. They will have until Oct. 15 to file their income tax returns.

The tax relief follows this week's federal disaster declaration.

The IRS also says the tax deferral also applies to all Oso relief workers with recognized government agencies or charities.

The number of people listed as missing has dropped from 17 to 15 on the latest list provided by the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said that 44-year-old Victor Ford and an unidentified 50- to 60-year-old man added to the list Thursday have been removed. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the unidentified man is the one already at the Snohomish County medical examiner's office.

She didn't say why Ford's name had been removed.

The medical examiner's office said the number of confirmed deaths stands at 30 as of Friday morning and that 28 have been identified. Recovery crews continue to search for more bodies in the debris from the landslide that smothered the community of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

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