State Rep. David Kessler is reminding area farmers that they may qualify for reimbursement on state taxes paid on liquid fuels used in the production or harvesting of agricultural crops. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30 for taxes paid from July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007."With the high cost of fuel, it is important for farmers to apply for reimbursement of the taxes they pay on fuel used to produce our food products," said Kessler, secretary of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. "The state tax on a gallon of gasoline amounts to 31.2 cents."

To receive the claim form, a new applicant must register with the state Board of Revenue and Finance by letter, which should include the farmer's full name and address, name of the county where the farm is located, telephone number and type of farming performed. When giving the address, it is important to state whether or not it is the farm location.

Letters from new applicants may be sent to: Treasury Department, Board of Finance and Revenue, 4th Floor, Riverfront Office Center, 1101 S. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104-2539.

Each claimant is assigned an account number which remains as long as the claimant continues farming. Claim forms are normally mailed to previous applicants by June 15.

For a claim to be processed, the applicant must remit either actual receipts, copies of receipts or a statement from the

dealer verifying the fuel purchase and taxes paid. The Board of Revenue and Finance does not return receipts.

Farmers with questions about the state tax reimbursement may call Kessler's Oley office at 610-987-0980 or his Boyertown office 610-369-3010.

Farmers also may be eligible for reimbursement of 18.2 cents per gallon paid in federal fuel taxes.

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