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:
- Van Zandt
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.