A person who owns the building in which a qualified data center is located is the qualifying owner. A qualifying owner can also be the qualifying operator.
If there are multiple owners who want to be registered with the Comptroller's office as a qualifying owner for the sales tax exemption, submit only one application (on Form AP-233, Texas Application for Certification as a Qualifying Data Center (PDF), or Form AP-236, Texas Application for Certification as a Qualifying Large Data Center Project (PDF)) for the data center and attach Qualifying Owner's Identification and Certification sections for any additional owners.
A person who controls access to a qualified data center, regardless of whether that person owns each item of tangible personal property located at the qualified data center, is the qualifying operator. A qualifying operator can also be the qualifying owner.
If there are multiple operators who want to be registered with the Comptroller's office as a qualifying operator for the sales tax exemption, submit only one application (on Form AP-233, Texas Application for Certification as a Qualifying Data Center (PDF), or Form AP-236, Texas Application for Certification as a Qualifying Large Data Center Project (PDF)) for the data center and attach Qualifying Operator's Identification and Certification sections for any additional operators.
A person who contracts with either a qualifying owner or qualifying operator to place, or cause to be placed, tangible personal property at the qualified data center for use by the occupant is the qualifying occupant. The qualifying occupant can also be the qualifying owner and/or the qualifying operator of the qualified data center.
Each qualified data center may only have one occupant. The application for the sales tax exemption must include the name and contact information of the qualifying occupant.
Yes. The law requires a person to be registered as a qualified owner, operator or occupant of a qualified data center to claim that exemption. The law does not provide any exceptions to the application process.
Yes. A data center must use at least 100,000 square feet in a single building or portion of a single building. More than one qualifying data center can be located in a single building, provided the building is large enough to contain multiple 100,000-square-foot occupants.
Each data center within a single building must separately meet all of the requirements for certification as a qualifying data center.
A capital investment is the amount paid to acquire capital or fixed assets that are purchased for use in the operation of a qualifying data center, and that, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, qualify as Section 179, Section 1245 or Section 1250 property, as those terms are defined in Internal Revenue Code, §§ 179(d)(1), 1245(a)(3) and 1250(c), respectively.
Examples of capital investment include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, furniture, machinery and equipment used for the processing, storage and distribution of data and labor used specifically to construct or refurbish property actually used in a qualifying data center to house servers and related equipment.
The term does not include:
A qualifying job is a full-time, permanent job that:
All 20 jobs must be created and filled during the first five years of the data center's certification, but do not have to be created at the same time. For example, five jobs could be created and filled during the first year of certification, an additional 10 jobs created during the third year of certification and the final five jobs created during the fifth year of certification. As long as each of the jobs lasts at least five years, the jobs requirement for the data center would be met. Once all 20 jobs have been created, the parties must submit a Form 01-160, Qualifying Data Center or Qualifying Large Data Center Project Job Creation Report (PDF). The Comptroller will verify the job information annually until the five-year requirement for each job has been met.
If a vacancy occurs after the position is initially filled and during the five-year period the job must be retained, regardless of the reason for the abandonment of the position, the employer has 120 days from the date of the vacancy to fill the abandoned position.
If a certified data center does not fulfill any of its obligations under the statute, the Comptroller will terminate the certification and revoke the data center's sales tax exemption.
The qualifying owner, operator or occupant can claim the sales tax exemption on the purchase of electricity that is necessary and essential to the operation of the qualified data center. Unless the data center is metered separately, a predominant use study is required if the data center is:
If the data center is a stand-alone facility and the sole inhabitant of that facility, then no predominant use study is required.
Electricity used to power computers and other equipment located within a data center qualifies for exemption. Electricity for heating and cooling in areas housing data center equipment also qualifies for exemption.
Electricity used for areas such as administrative offices, storage areas, break rooms and restrooms is not considered necessary and essential for the operation of the center and, therefore, does not qualify for exemption; neither does electricity used for heating and cooling these areas.
The exempt use must be greater than 50 percent of the total use for the exemption to apply.
See Rule 3.295, Natural Gas and Electricity, for information on the predominant use study.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.