Carter Co. taxpayers penalized despite deadline change

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -The Oklahoma Tax Commission is sending penalty notices to residents of three Oklahoma counties, including Carter County, even though those residents were eligible to file their tax returns late this year.

State tax officials say they sent the notices because they did not want to promote the fact that residents could file late. They say anyone who lives in one of the three counties will have the penalty and interest waived if they call the commission.

Federal disaster relief related to storms that struck parts of Oklahoma on Feb. 10 moved the tax deadlines for residents of Oklahoma, Logan and Carter counties to May 11 this year.

But agency spokeswoman Michelle Thompson says most of those taxpayers who filed after April 15 will receive a penalty letter from the Oklahoma Tax Commission anyway.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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