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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

Contact: Allen Spelce or R.J. DeSilva
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For Immediate Release
August 6, 2007

Comptroller Susan Combs Reminds Taxpayers of August 15 Deadline for Tax Amnesty


AUSTIN —Comptroller Susan Combs today reminded taxpayers that the tax amnesty program, Project Fresh Start, ends Aug. 15.

“Time is running out for taxpayers to clear up unpaid, underreported or overdue taxes without fear of penalty or interest,” Combs said. “Project Fresh Start is also a great opportunity for businesses operating without tax permits to begin meeting their tax responsibilities.”

The 60-day tax amnesty began June 15. It applies to taxes and tax reports originally due before April 1, 2007.

The Project Fresh Start amnesty period applies to sales tax, franchise tax and all other state and any local taxes and fees administered by the state Comptroller, except unclaimed property and Public Utility Commission gross receipts assessments. Eligible taxpayers include those who did not file a required tax return or report; misrepresented, understated or omitted any tax liability on a past report; or erroneously claimed tax credits or tax deductions.

The amnesty does not apply to assessments already identified by the Comptroller, taxpayers currently under audit or review and taxpayers the Comptroller has already contacted about an audit or possible tax deficiency.

The Project Fresh Start Web site at www.freshstart.texas.gov offers complete details about how to participate in the tax amnesty, or taxpayers may call (800) 252-1390 or contact the nearest Comptroller field office. Field office information, tax permit applications and tax forms are available on the Web site.

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