For Immediate Release
April 27, 2007
Comptroller Combs Says Tornado Victims May Postpone Taxes
AUSTIN —Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is giving taxpayers in three Texas counties an opportunity to postpone paying state taxes, if necessary, while they clean up the damage from this week’s tornadoes. Taxpayers in Maverick County in South Texas and Moore and Swisher counties in the Panhandle may request extensions of up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in May, June and July.
“People affected by these tornadoes are literally picking up the pieces of their lives,” Combs said. “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.