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What does the Texas Comptroller do?

What Does the Texas Comptroller Do?

Texas' chief financial officer oversees the $150+ billion-a-year enterprise of Texas state government.



  • Monitors state agency appropriations.
  • Audits state purchases, travel and payroll expenditures.
  • Publishes the state’s annual financial reports.
  • Develop accounting and reporting procedures for state agencies.
  • Manages 10 statewide financial and payroll/personnel systems.

Tax Collector

  • Collects 100 taxes, fees and assessments.
  • Collects local sales taxes on behalf of more than 1,700 local governments.
  • Issues tax permits, licenses and cigarette stamps.
  • Audits taxpayers.
  • Provides tax information.
  • Monitors and reports state revenue collections.


  • Monitors state cash flows and major payments.
  • Manages state investments.
  • Invests funds for local governments.
  • Processes state payments to vendors and employees.
  • Deposits money received from state agencies.
  • Holds the state’s money.

Revenue Estimator

  • Estimates funds available for state spending.
  • Certifies that the state’s two-year budget falls within estimated revenues.
  • Tracks trends that may affect the economic outlook.
  • Monitors and reports on the condition of the Texas economy.
  • Estimates financial impacts of proposed legislation and rules.


  • Manages statewide contracts available to more than 200 state agencies and universities and almost 1,700 local governments.
  • Provides training and certification for over 6,000 purchasers and contract managers at other state agencies and local entities.
  • Maintains the Centralized Master Bidders List state agencies use to solicit bids for goods and services.
  • Manages state employee credit card program.
  • Contracts for airfare, hotels and rental cars associated with state travel.
  • Administers the state mail contract.
  • Oversees the state vehicle reporting system.

And Much More…

  • Prepares the annual Property Value Study used to certify taxable values in Texas school districts.
  • Administers the Texas Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Program, encouraging minority-, woman-, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses to seek state contracts.
  • Manages the State Energy Conservation Office, which provides grants and expertise for energy-efficiency projects at state agencies and local governments.
  • Administers the state’s unclaimed property program, which returns abandoned cash and other property to its rightful owners.
  • Presides over the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board, administering the state’s college savings programs.
  • Manages IRC Sec. 529A savings plan for individuals with disabilities.
  • Leads state government and local government transparency efforts.
  • Maintains dashboards with transparency tools that show Texans how taxes are used.
  • Manages the Texas Broadband Development Office to promote economic growth, education and health care by enabling fast, reliable and affordable broadband connectivity for all Texas residents and businesses.
  • Administers funds collected from legal settlements to support the goals of the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council.

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Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts