Texas Offers Extensions, Exemptions for Taxpayers in Counties Declared Disaster Areas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster declaration provides tax relief for affected taxpayers.

List of Disaster Area Counties

The disaster declaration issued for flooding and severe weather affects 18 counties:

– Bastrop;

– Burnet;

– Colorado;

– Fayette;

– Hood;

– Jim Wells;

– Kerr:

– Kimble;

– La Salle;

– Live Oak;

– Llano;

– Mason;

– McMullen;

– Nueces;

– Real;

– San Patricio;

– Travis; and

– Williamson.

Disaster Tax Relief Available

The declaration makes affected taxpayers in the listed counties eligible for tax relief. The available tax relief includes:

– extensions for filing taxes;

– tax exempt purchases of items to donate for disaster relief;

– tax exemptions for items purchased with FEMA, Red Cross, and Salvation Army funds; and

– tax exemptions for labor charges for repair or clean-up.

How to Claim Tax Relief

Temporary filing extensions are not automatic and must be requested. To file an extension request, the taxpayer must either:

– call the Comptroller’s offce (800-252-5555); or

– email the Comptroller’s office (ExtensionRequests@cpa.texas.gov).

The Comptroller’s office requires the following information for an extension request:

– taxpayer name;

– taxpayer number;

– name of person making the request;

– email or phone number of person making the request;

– tax types for which an extension is requested; and`

– affected filing periods.

Extension requests due to disasters are handled on a case-by-case basis. The Comptroller’s office will notify taxpayers when their extension request is approved or denied.

More Information on Tax Relief for Disasters

Additional information for disaster tax relief in Texas can be found at: https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/94-182.php.

Disaster Proclamation, Texas Governor Abbott, October 16, 2018; Disaster and Texas Taxes: 94-182, Texas Comptroller, October 18, 2018

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