Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2017
(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that taxpayers in declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Harvey can postpone paying state taxes while they recover from storm-related losses. Businesses located in those areas can call the Comptroller’s office and request up to a 90-day extension to file and pay certain monthly and quarterly state taxes.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people who are dealing with this catastrophic weather event,” Hegar said. “This storm is forecast to bring significant damage to large areas of our state, and we know businesses and taxpayers will need to focus on cleanup and recovery in the weeks and months to come. Giving folks in these disaster zones the opportunity to request a filing and payment extension should allow them to focus on those recovery efforts without the worry of a looming tax deadline.”
In addition to allowing the Comptroller to extend tax-filing deadlines, Texas law exempts certain recovery-related expenses from sales tax, including:
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, or go to the Comptroller’s website for answers to frequently asked questions.
Hegar also announced the following Comptroller enforcement and field offices will be closed until at least Tuesday, Aug. 29:
Calls to the affected enforcement and audit offices will be automatically transferred to other enforcement offices or the Austin call center.
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