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Comptroller’s Databases

There are a number of database tools covering a wide variety of subject matter that are available to taxpayers through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website. Browse the listings below for tools that can help you research taxable entities and tax policy, access purchasing information, view Texas demographic information, recover unclaimed property, review local election information and more.

50-State Scorecard

This map uses data to demonstrate how the State of Texas compares to other states on issues such as taxes, debt and business environment.

Bond Election Roundup

This resource provides our best accounting of upcoming bond elections and allows users to explore local bond election results by date, county, entity, dollar amount, purpose, proposition number and approved or denied status, making it easy to review bond elections in specific regions or across the entire state.

Centralized Master Bidders List/HUB Directory Search

The Centralized Master Bidders List is a master database used by State of Texas purchasing entities to develop a mailing list for vendors to receive bids based on the products or services they can provide to the State of Texas. Manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors wishing to furnish materials, equipment, supplies and services to the state, must register for the CMBL to receive bidding opportunities. Use this database to search for CMBL vendors.

The statewide Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Program facilitates the use of HUBs in state procurement and provides information on the state's procurement process to minority and woman-owned businesses. Search the state database for businesses certified as Texas HUBs.

Certificates of Account Status

Use the Certificate of Account Status search to determine whether a taxable entity doing business in Texas is in good standing with its franchise tax reports and payments. A Certificate of Account Status may be required in order to conduct real estate or financial transactions. You will be able to print a certificate from this site.

Chapter 313 School Value Limitation Agreement Documents

An appraised value limitation is an agreement in which a taxpayer agrees to build or install property and create jobs in exchange for a 10-year limitation on the taxable property value for school district maintenance and operations tax (M&O) purposes. The Comptroller’s office posts a list of active agreements, inactive agreements, and tax credits paid, as well as, agreement documents and Ch. 313 value-limitation applications.

Comptroller’s Online Eminent Domain Database (COEDD)

State law requires all entities possessing eminent domain authority to report information about their authority to the Comptroller. As required by Government Code, Chapter 2206, Subchapter D, the Comptroller's office has posted an online database containing that eminent domain information. This database is perpetually updated and provides the latest information reported by required entities.

Crude Oil and Natural Gas Inquiry System

The Crude Oil and Natural Gas Web Inquiry system displays public information about drilling permit numbers, lease names and numbers, approved legislative exemptions, taxpayer names, numbers and addresses and other useful links. Additionally, the taxpayer may utilize this system to access their own account to see their detailed data, report totals, report errors, data changes, outstanding liability and credit balances, payments received, money transferred and credit interest earned and refunds issued.

First time users can contact Comptroller's office for registration assistance at 1-800-531-5441, ext. 3-4455. We may ask you to submit information via email for identification verification prior to registration.

Debt at a Glance Profiles

Using data obtained from the Bond Review Board, this tool compiles debt data reported by state agencies and local governments.

Direct Pay Taxpayer Search

Find out if an entity currently holds an active direct payment permit for paying Texas sales and use taxes.

Electronic State Business Daily

Search for state and local government bids and award notices for commodities over $25,000 and services over $100,000 posted by state agencies and local government CO-OP members.

Fuels License Search

This online license query provides internal and external customers the capability to search for a specific taxpayer to determine whether he or she is licensed to conduct motor fuel tax activity. The license search details the taxpayer's name, mailing address, license number, fuel type, license type, license status and license beginning and ending date.

Key Economic Indicators

Macroeconomic economic data is visualized to convey the overall current or future health of the state’s economy.

Local Entity Debt Lookup

This tool provides self-reported debt information for each political subdivision complying with Local Government Code §140.008 available by searching a political subdivision's name, entity type, city, and/or zip code.

Maquiladora Search

Find out if a maquiladora enterprise currently holds an active maquiladora export permit.

Monthly State Revenue Watch

Revenue Watch promotes better understanding of the state’s finances by presenting revenue on a cash basis by month of collection in two ways: All Funds (Excluding Trusts) and General Revenue-Related Funds.

Payments to Payee

This application allows you to drill down to an individual payment to Payees. It also shows the Agency Name and the Expenditure Category from which it was paid.

Public Pension Search Tool

This tool includes details on state and local pension plans in Texas as reported to the Pension Review Board and submitted by each plan in response to a public information request from the Comptroller’s office.

State Tax Automated Research (STAR) System

Access an online collection of more than 25,000 documents covering Texas tax policy.

Sales Taxpayer Search

Taxpayers may search by taxpayer number, employer identification number (EIN), legal name, business name, city and zip code to verify the status (active or inactive) of a sales and use tax permit. This search allows vendors to determine permit status of purchasers before accepting a resale certificate. Search results are limited to a maximum of 200 taxpayers. The search is not designed to provide global lists of permit-holders within certain ZIP codes or cities.

Sales Tax Rate Locator

The Comptroller’s sales tax rate locator allows Texas businesses and consumers to see which taxing entities levy sales tax and at what rate, by entering their address.

Search State Payments Issued

For your payments issued, the Search State Payments Issued application provides detailed payment information. For detailed instructions, see How to Search Payments Online. Users must be registered to use eSystems.

Sheriffs' & Constables' Fees

Pursuant to Texas Local Government Code §118.131, the Comptroller’s office has compiled a list of the latest fees, as reported by county officials.

State Sales and Use Tax Analysis Quarterly Report

State Sales and Use Tax, by industry and area of the state (represented by metropolitan statistical area, or (MSA)), are available using this tool.

Tax Allocation Comparison Summaries

Sales tax allocation comparison summary reports present data on monthly local sales and use tax payments to local jurisdictions. Mixed beverage tax allocation comparison summary reports present data about mixed beverage tax allocation payments to cities and counties where businesses remit taxes on the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Texas Net Expenditures by Function

Provides the state’s expenditure totals and percentages by function dating back to fiscal year 1978.

Texas Net Expenditures by Object Category

Provides the state’s expenditure totals and percentages by category dating back to fiscal year 1978.

Texas Revenue by Source

Provides the state’s revenue totals and percentages by category dating back to fiscal year 1978.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Master Index of All Term Contracts

Contracts are listed by default by National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP) commodity codes [link to http://comptroller.texas.gov/procurement/tools/comm-book/] used by the state of Texas but may be sorted by contract description, contract type or expiration date. View the details page for each state of Texas term contract to access related contract terms and conditions, longer item descriptions, pricing and awarded contractor details.

Texas Tax-exempt Entity Search

Identify and obtain online verification of an organization's exemption from Texas franchise tax, sales and use tax or hotel occupancy taxes.

Texas Unclaimed Property Database

One in four Texans has unclaimed property from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks, security deposits and utility refunds. Check the Texas Unclaimed Property database to find out if you're one of them.

Transparency Stars

Local entities that have achieved excellence in the indicated areas of transparency. Use this tool to search by entity name and learn more about awardees' efforts to increase fiscal accountability at the local level.