Bulletin Staff Report

Taxpayers in Brown and 36 other flood-stricken Texas counties will be allowed to postpone paying taxes, if necessary, while they clean up damage from recent torrential rain and flooding, Comptroller Susan Combs said Friday.

Taxpayers may request extensions of up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in July and August.

“Many Texas communities have been hard hit by storms and flooding during the past few months,” Combs said. “People need time to focus on recovery for their families, homes and businesses. This is one way the state can help taxpayers in counties where the governor has issued a disaster declaration.”

Other counties on the comptroller’s list include Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland Hamilton, Llano, Mason, Menard, Mills, Runnels and San Saba.

In addition to extending tax-filing deadlines, Texas law allows the comptroller to exempt certain recovery-related expenses from sales taxes, including the cost of labor to repair storm-damaged, nonresidential property, including office buildings and stores. Labor charges must be stated separately on the repair bill. Texas law does not impose 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 and appliance repairs are also exempted in recovery periods.

For information or to request a tax filing extension, call the assistance line at (800) 252-5555.