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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
July 25, 2008

Comptroller Combs Offers Tax Help
to Hurricane Dolly Victims

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says businesses damaged by Hurricane Dolly may postpone paying state taxes, if necessary, while they clean up wind and flood damage. Taxpayers may request extensions of up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in July and August.

Upon request, tax extensions are available for businesses located in counties the Governor has declared disaster areas. The affected counties are Aransas, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria and Willacy.

“South Texas is fortunate to have escaped the widespread, catastrophic impact a hurricane can bring to the Texas coast,” Combs said. “Many homes and businesses did suffer significant damage, however, and postponing taxes for people who need time to focus on recovery 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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