WASHINGTON — Gulf and Midwestern states hit by disasters in recent years received a holiday gift from the Internal Revenue Service on Friday.

The IRS issued a notice allowing the states to current-refund disaster bonds, such as Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds, on a tax-exempt basis after the programs expire, as long as certain conditions are met. In addition, the current-refunding bonds will not have to be re-designated as qualified disaster bonds by specified governmental officials, the IRS said.

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