Texas: Tornado Victims Need Not Worry About Taxes
- May 24, 2013 | Gail Cole
The 16 tornadoes that struck North Texas earlier this month were fierce and deadly. It will take time, energy, and resources to rebuild the communities of Ellis, Hood and Johnson Counties*, which Governor Rick Perry (R) has declared a state of disaster.
In an attempt to alleviate worry for tornado victims, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has announced that taxpayers in these counties "may request extensions up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in May, June and July."
Comptroller Susan Combs announced on May 22, 2013: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tornadoes. During their hardship, they need time to focus on recover for their families, homes and businesses. Postponing taxes is one way the state can help."
Numerous "recovery-related expenses" are also exempt from sales and use tax during this time. These include, but are not limited to:
- "The cost of labor to repair storm-damaged, non-residential property…", provided it is separately stated on the repair bill;
- Services used to restore storm-damaged property;
- "Charges for cutting trees damaged by the tornado" (removal fees are subject to sales tax); and
- "Purchases made with vouchers or debit cards provided by relief organizations "(Red Cross, Salvation Army…).
Additional information is available at the Office of the Comptroller, at 1-800-252-5555.
* Governor Perry has since added Parker County to this list. As of this writing, the tax extensions provided by the Texas Comptroller have not been extended to Parker County, but that may well change.
We extend our deepest sympathies to everyone impacted by the storms.
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