The Comptroller's office publishes this online newsletter to keep you informed about Texas taxes and what is happening in the Tax Policy Division. Tax Policy News provides general information and is not a substitute for legal or other professional advice.
The Sept. 30 Franchise Tax roundtable discussion on qualified courier and logistic companies has been rescheduled for Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
Registration closes Oct 2.
The Comptroller received written comments from the public on proposed changes to Rule 3.334, Local Sales and Use Taxes, when it was published in the May 30, 2014, Texas Register.
In order to address the comments, the Comptroller will hold a hearing to take public comments on the proposed rule on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., in Room 1.111 of the William B. Travis Building in Austin.
Interested persons may sign up to testify beginning at 8:30 a.m., and testimony will be heard on a first-come, first-served basis.
A Notice of Hearing was published in the Sept. 26, 2014, issue of the Texas Register.
With the many sporting and entertainment events around the state happening this fall, many homeowners and leasing companies rent their homes and properties to people attending these events.
Remember, Hotel Tax is due on these temporary rentals.
The August 2014 issue of this newsletter explained that providers and their subsidiaries could claim a refund by Sept. 2, 2014, for state sales and use taxes paid on qualifying purchases from Sept. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013.
The Comptroller did not receive eligible requests totaling $50 million, so late-filed refund requests are being accepted and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. See Sales Tax Refund for Providers of Cable Television, Internet Access or Telecommunications Services for more information.
Members of the Tax Policy Division often receive requests to discuss taxability issues with various interested organizations.
Recent events include the following:
The Comptroller updated the Texas Crude Oil Lease Exemption Application (Form AP-216) to add a section for the exemption for enhanced oil recovery projects using anthropogenic carbon dioxide.
The Comptroller revised the Motor Vehicle Sales, Use and Rental Tax (Pub. 96-116) to clarify information on legislative changes to due dates, gift tax procedures and agricultural and timber exemptions.
The Comptroller created a new publication explaining when Texas use tax is due on all-terrain and off-road vehicles purchased outside Texas for use here.
The Comptroller revised the Insurance Taxes Frequently Asked Questions Web page to provide new and updated information relating to a variety of insurance topics.
The Comptroller updated the Sales Tax Refund for Providers of Cable Television, Internet Access or Telecommunications Services Web page to clarify information related to the refund request date and late-filed claims.
The Comptroller proposed amendments to the following rule for public comment on Sept. 5, 2014. The comment period ends Oct. 5, 2014.
Rule 3.335 – Property Used in a Qualifying Data Center; Temporary State Sales Tax Exemption
Information about proposed rules is available from the Texas Secretary of State.
Effective Sept. 2, 2014
Rule 3.68 - United States and Foreign Military Personnel Stationed in Texas
Effective Sept. 1, 2014
Rule 3.345 - Annual Refund Program for Providers of Cable Television, Internet Access, or Telecommunications Services
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.