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For Immediate Release
June 22, 2007

Comptroller Combs Says North Texas Flood Victims May Postpone Taxes


AUSTIN —Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is giving taxpayers in four North Texas counties an opportunity to postpone paying state taxes, if necessary, while they clean up the damage from torrential rain and flooding. Taxpayers in Cooke, Grayson, Tarrant and Lampasas counties may request extensions of up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in June and July.

“These storms brought devastating damage and tragic loss of lives to Texas communities,” Combs said. “People are literally picking up the pieces of their lives and, during their hardship, they need time to focus on recovery for their families, homes and businesses. This is one way the state can help.”

In addition to extending tax-filing deadlines, Texas law allows the Comptroller to exempt certain recovery-related expenses from sales taxes, including:

  • The cost of labor to repair storm-damaged, non-residential property, including office buildings and stores. Labor charges must be separately stated on the repair bill. Texas does not impose sales tax on labor for residential repairs.
  • Services used to restore storm-damaged property, including dry cleaning of clothing and draperies; rug and carpet cleaning; and appliance repairs.

For more information or to request a tax filing extension, call the Comptroller's toll-free tax assistance line in Austin at (800) 252-5555.

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