2018 Texas Tax Amnesty Program

Thoughtware Alert Jan 01, 2018
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The Texas Tax Amnesty Program will run from May 1 through June 29, 2018, giving eligible taxpayers a chance to become compliant without paying penalties and interest on past tax liabilities. The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 in 2017, authorizing a statewide tax amnesty program that would cover most taxes administered by the Comptroller’s office, including sales and use taxes, franchise taxes, etc. The amnesty, however, won’t extend to International Fuel Tax Agreement taxes, Public Utility Commission gross receipts assessments or local motor vehicle tax and unclaimed property or be applicable for periods currently under audit.

The amnesty applies to periods prior to January 1, 2018, and is available to:

  • Taxpayers who don’t have a Texas sales and use tax permit or aren’t registered for a tax or fee administered by the Comptroller’s office
  • Taxpayers who have a permit but may have underreported or owe additional taxes

The Comptroller’s office hasn’t released many details on the program; however, taxpayers interested in participating are encouraged to evaluate prior tax liabilities and consider the program’s benefits.

To learn more about this amnesty program, contact Jana or your trusted BKD advisor.

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