Taxes comprise almost half the state's total net revenue. The Comptroller's office collects most state taxes directly, some indirectly through third-party remitters. It enforces the state's tax laws and deters tax fraud through its Criminal Investigation Division (CID). CID employs full-time state police officers commissioned by the Comptroller under the authority of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 2.12(13) and Texas Tax Code Section 111.00452.

The CID uses three main enforcement methods:

  • Pursuing allegations submitted by business, industry and the general public
  • Accepting referrals from other law enforcement agencies
  • Initiating investigations in house

Read how CID’s officers conduct sting operations, stakeouts, inspections and make arrests in this April 2017 Fiscal Notes profile.


The mission of CID is to deter intentional criminal conduct against the state tax laws administered by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. This deterrence is achieved by detecting and investigating felony and misdemeanor tax-related crimes and by informing the public of the results of case prosecution.

The CID's primary deterrent is publicizing pending cases and convictions of tax offenders. This information enables businesses and individuals to protect themselves from tax criminals and serves as a warning to potential tax cheaters and evaders.