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Texans Affected by Severe Weather Have More Time to File

  • May 21, 2015 | Gail Cole


Update 6.4.2015: Additional counties are now eligible for tax relief. See the Office of the Governor for the complete list.

Texas is under siege. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are raging through the northeastern part of the state, ripping off roofs and tearing apart buildings. More flash floods are expected.

Recovery will take time. To help ease the burden, the Texas Comptroller is granting a tax extension to businesses that have been affected by the recent floods, tornadoes and other severe weather. As of this writing, businesses in the following counties may request a 90-day extension for filing and paying sales tax and other business taxes:

  • Bosque
  • Clay
  • Cook
  • Denton
  • Eastland
  • Gaines
  • Grimes
  • Hood
  • Montague
  • Navarro
  • Smith
  • Van Zandt
  • Wise

In addition to the filing extension, the Comptroller is granting all affected taxpayers (both businesses and individuals) an exemption from sales tax for certain recovery-related expenses. These include charges for the following:

  • Labor to repair storm-damaged, non-residential property (labor for residential repairs is always exempt).
  • Services used to restore storm-damaged property, including appliance repairs, dry cleaning clothing and draperies, and carpet, furniture and rug cleaning.
  • Cutting trees damaged by weather (charges to haul away the lumber/limbs are taxable).

All purchases made with debit cards or vouchers provided by relief organizations (Red Cross, Salvation Army) are also exempt. Additional information.

photo credit: Severe Weather Area sign, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Dallas, TX, USA via photopin (license)

Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.