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May 22, 2013

Comptroller Combs Says Tornado Victims May Postpone Taxes

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is giving taxpayers in three Texas counties an opportunity to postpone paying state taxes, if necessary, while they clean up the damage from the May 15 tornadoes. Taxpayers in Ellis, Hood, and Johnson counties in North Texas may request extensions up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in May, June and July.

The Governor has declared a state of disaster in the three counties.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tornadoes,” Combs said. “During their hardship, they need time to focus on recovery for their families, homes and businesses. Postponing taxes is one way the state can help.”

In addition, certain recovery-related expenses for residents and businesses are exempt from sales tax, including:

  • The cost of labor to repair storm-damaged, non-residential property, including office buildings, stores and other commercial buildings. The cost of labor must be separately stated on the repair bill. Texas never imposes 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; furniture cleaning; and appliance repairs.
  • Charges for cutting trees damaged by the tornado. Charges to haul away trees and limbs are taxable.
  • Purchases made with vouchers or debit cards provided by relief organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army are non-taxable. Purchases made with cash or personal funds are subject to sales tax.

For more information or to request a tax filing extension, call the Comptroller's toll-free tax assistance line in Austin at 1-800-252-5555.

 

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