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August 15, 2003
CONTACT:           Matt Golden
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State Grants Extension to Taxpayers Impacted by Power Outages

 TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of the Treasury announced today that, for those impacted by yesterday's widespread and prolonged power outages, the State's Division of Taxation will consider tax returns or payments due August 15 as timely if they are postmarked or received by August 22, 2003.

 "We recognize that individuals and businesses will need some time to recover once their power is fully restored," said Robert Thompson, director of the Division of Taxation. "We will waive any late penalties on payments due between August 15 and August 22, provided they are submitted by the 22nd. However, the law does not allow us to abate interest on any overdue taxes during this period."

 For the purposes of this extension, affected taxpayers include individuals and businesses located in all blackout areas, as well as those whose tax records, including documents needed for making tax deposits, are located in an area where power was lost. The transmission of returns and remittances that are submitted electronically must be completed by midnight, August 22, in order to avoid applicable penalties. Paper submissions must be postmarked by that date as well. Those filing paper submissions should write "NORTHEAST BLACKOUT" in red ink at the top of the form in order to be considered for this tax relief.

 The Division of Taxation will continue to monitor this situation to determine if any additional consideration is warranted.

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