For Immediate Release
May 11, 2007
Comptroller Combs Says Denton County Storm Victims May Postpone Taxes
AUSTIN —Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is giving taxpayers in Denton County an opportunity to postpone paying state taxes, if necessary, while they recover from severe storms and flooding that occurred on April 24. Denton County taxpayers may request extensions of up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in May, June and July.
Denton County has been declared a federal disaster area because of storm damage. Maverick, Moore and Swisher counties received disaster declarations earlier, due to tornadoes spawned by the same set of storms.
“People affected by these storms 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. Information about tax exemptions for disaster-related repairs can also be found in Comptroller publication 94-182, Disasters and Texas Sales Tax, which is available on the Comptroller’s web site www.window.state.tx.us.