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Contact: Allen Spelce or R.J. DeSilva
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For Immediate Release
October 5, 2007

Technology Helps Texas Comptroller Reach Out to More Taxpayers


AUSTIN — In keeping with Comptroller Susan Combs’ pledge to use technology to improve customer service, the Comptroller’s office will host its first taxpayer seminar via video teleconference to allow more state taxpayers to benefit from a free tax seminar.

“We host frequent taxpayer seminars throughout the state to help business owners understand the tax laws — 18 are scheduled this month alone,” Combs said. “But, there are places in this huge state where we cannot easily go. Video teleconferencing is an efficient way to reach out and make our office accessible to more taxpayers. If this event is well-received, we will certainly look for more opportunities to use teleconferencing technology in the future.”

On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6-8 p.m., taxpayers in the Midland-Odessa area are invited to attend the tax seminar at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Small Business Development Center, located in the Center for Energy and Economic Diversification Building, 1400 N. FM 1788, Room 1314.

A teleconference link will allow another group of taxpayers in Lamesa, more than 50 miles away, to see and participate in the seminar. The Lamesa video seminar will take place in the President’s Room at the Lamesa Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 123 Main St.

The seminar will cover sales tax forms, taxability issues, taxpayer responsibilities and the array of services and information available from the Comptroller’s office to assist taxpayers. Comptroller representatives will be available in Midland and there will be a moderator in Lamesa to answer questions and provide assistance to attendees.

For more information about the seminar, call the Comptroller’s Odessa Field Office at (432) 550-3027.

Those who are unable to attend the seminar or the video teleconference can get answers to their questions by calling the Comptroller’s toll-free tax assistance line at (800) 252-5555. Tax forms and tax information can also be found on the Comptroller’s Web site, www.window.state.tx.us.

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