If a taxpayer disagrees with the Comptroller's Decision and would like to file a motion for rehearing, the following responses to Frequently Asked Questions have been provided for guidance:
The deadline to file a motion for rehearing is 25 days after the decision is signed.
You may follow the procedures in the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and file a motion to extend the deadline to file a motion for rehearing if you seek additional time to file your motion for rehearing. Form 89-234, Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing (PDF) may also be used to file the motion.
An order granting your motion will extend the deadline to file a motion for rehearing to a specific date, meaning it extends the end date of your rehearing period.
If you did not timely receive the Comptroller’s decision, you may follow the procedures in the APA and file a sworn motion to establish a revised rehearing period. This motion revises the beginning date of the rehearing period.
As with other deadlines related to a Comptroller hearing, the day of the act on which the designated period of time begins to run is not included. This makes the following day the first day of the period that you are calculating.
For example, consider a Comptroller’s Decision that is signed on December 1. December 1 is the “day of the act.” December 1 is not considered the first day of your motion for rehearing period. To calculate your deadline, the period to file a motion for rehearing begins to run on the next calendar day, December 2. The last day of the period is included, unless it is a day on which the agency is closed, in which case the period of time ends on the next business day that the agency is open. Thus, to calculate the deadline to file a motion for rehearing, if a Comptroller’s decision is signed on December 1, then a 25-day period to file a motion for rehearing begins to run on December 2, and the deadline to file a motion or rehearing would then be December 26. If the agency is closed on December 26, the deadline to file becomes the next business day that the agency is open after December 26.
A motion for rehearing filed by fax or email before 11:59 p.m. CST is considered filed on that day. If it is filed by fax or email on or after 11:59 p.m. CST, the motion is considered filed on the next business day.
A motion for rehearing filed by mail is considered filed by the date-stamp affixed by the agency mailroom.
File your motion for rehearing with the Deputy Comptroller through the Office of Special Counsel for Tax Hearings.
By email: SpecialCounsel.Filings@cpa.texas.gov
By fax: 512-936-6190
Deputy Comptroller of Public Accounts
As with other motions related to a Comptroller hearing, you must send a copy of the motion to the Tax Hearings Attorney (THA) who represents the agency Staff. The THA is identified in the decision at the top of the first page.
The law states: “A motion for rehearing must identify with particularity findings of fact or conclusions of law that are the subject of the complaint and any evidentiary or legal ruling claimed to be erroneous. The motion must also state the legal and factual basis for the claimed error.”
Form 89-233, Motion for Rehearing (PDF) may be used for submitting the motion for rehearing.
Your liability is due and payable 20 days after the decision becomes final.
If a motion for rehearing is not filed at all or not timely filed, your liability is due and payable 45 days after the date the decision is signed.
If a motion for rehearing is timely filed and is denied, the decision is final on the date of the signed order denying the motion for rehearing.
If you do not pay the amount due within 20 days after the decision becomes final:
If you are unable to pay the amount due within 20 days after the decision becomes final, you may be able to enter into a payment agreement. For details on payment agreements, contact your local Enforcement Office.
If you have any questions, you may contact the Tax Hearings Attorney (THA) identified on the cover letter accompanying the Comptroller's Decision.