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For Immediate Release
July 13, 2007

Comptroller Combs Offers Tax Help to More Texas Flood Victims


AUSTIN —Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says taxpayers in 37 flood-stricken Texas counties may postpone paying state taxes, if necessary, while they clean up the damage from recent torrential rain and flooding. Taxpayers may request extensions of up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in July and August.

The 37 counties are Archer, Baylor, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Coleman, Collin, Comanche, Eastland, Ellis, Fannin, Gillespie, Hamilton, Hood, Hunt, Jones, Lamar, Lipscomb, Llano, Mason, McLennan, Menard, Mills, Ochiltree, Parker, Runnels, San Saba, Starr, Stephens, Travis, Webb, Wichita, Williamson, Wise and Young.

“Many Texas communities have been hard hit by storms and flooding during the past few months,” Combs said. “People need time to focus on recovery for their families, homes and businesses. This is one way the state can help taxpayers in counties where the governor has issued a disaster declaration.” 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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