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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
June 5, 2008

Texas Comptroller Opens Satellite Office in Longview for Taxpayer Help

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs met with local officials in Longview this week to discuss the recent consolidation of the Longview and Tyler field offices. The meeting provided an update on the office consolidation, which includes a new satellite office that is open in Longview to help taxpayers.

The lease for the Longview taxpayer service office was not renewed when it expired on May 31, and services were consolidated with the Tyler office. But the Comptroller will have a satellite office in Longview that taxpayers can visit one day a week. Combs met at the satellite office with State Rep. Tommy Merritt, Longview Mayor Jay Dean, Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt and Dee Farmer, the Longview district office manager for State Sen. Kevin Eltife.

“We had a very successful meeting, in which Rep. Merritt and others expressed appreciation for the resolution to the field office closure in Longview,” Combs said. “Our agency helps an increasing number of taxpayers around Texas, and we strive to maximize our existing resources to better serve those taxpayers and the state. Our commitment to excellent customer service will always continue.”

The Longview satellite office, located at 1650 N. Eastman Road, is open on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is staffed by two employees. The Tyler field office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at 3800 Paluxy Drive, Suite 300, in Tyler.

“I am pleased Comptroller Combs took the time to provide an update on taxpayer services and the move to open a Longview satellite office,” said Sen. Eltife. “I thank the Comptroller’s office for continuing to serve taxpayers around Texas in an efficient way and maintaining good customer service.”

The Comptroller’s office also encourages taxpayers to access the agency through an expanded Web site at www.window.state.tx.us, which offers a wealth of information to answer tax questions and conduct business online. Taxpayers needing assistance can also call various toll-free numbers, including the general tax assistance line (800) 252-5555.

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Find details on all the services of the Comptroller’s office at www.window.state.tx.us, including a transparent look at state spending at www.window.state.tx.us/wherethemoneygoes.

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