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Texas Franchise Tax FAQs
With Bloomberg reporting that large tech companies and hedge funds are moving operations to Texas for “lower taxes”, there must be a good reason, right? While it’s true that there is no Texas income tax, businesses do still have state tax obligations, namely the Texas Franchise Tax.
What is Texas franchise tax?
Texas is one of only six states that do not have a corporate income tax. Texas businesses are instead required to pay a franchise tax – companies pay what is basically an annual fee to Texas for the privilege of doing business in the state. It is a tax on revenue and is less than 1%.
Who pays Texas franchise tax?
All taxable entities formed, organized, or doing business in Texas, with revenue over $1.18M, are subject to the franchise tax. Exceptions include sole proprietorships not registered as an LLC, passive partnerships, and certain non-profits and trusts.
What are the Texas franchise tax rates?
For 2020 and 2021 the tax rates are as follows:
- Revenue < $1.18M – No franchise tax due
- Revenue > $1.18M – 0.375% for Retail or Wholesale; 0.75% for all other industries
How is the Texas franchise tax calculated?
The Texas franchise tax calculation is based on margin, which can be calculated using one of the following methods:
- Total revenue times 70%
- Total revenue minus cost of goods sold (COGS)
- Total revenue minus compensation
- Total revenue minus $1M
- EZ Computation* – Total revenue times apportionment factor, then apportioned total revenue times tax rate of 0.331%. Only businesses with an annualized total revenue of $20M or less qualify for EZ Computation
What businesses does the Texas franchise tax impact the most?
Service industries, especially those with a low employee count, are generally the most affected by the Texas franchise tax as they do not have a COGS deduction. Manufacturing and retail, on the other hand, do have the COGS deduction as well as the advantage of a reduced 0.375% tax rate, both of which help minimize their tax burden.
Do you have to pay Texas franchise tax if you’re not headquartered in Texas?
As of January 1st 2020, out-of-state taxable entities with annual gross receipts over $500,000 from business in Texas must file a Franchise Tax Report even if the entity has no physical presence in this state.
What is the biggest mistake businesses make when filing their Texas franchise tax?
As a general rule, businesses need to keep good records of two key components: sales by state and cost of goods sold (both direct and indirect). This will ensure that when it’s time to file, the most optimal method to calculate the franchise tax due can be used. This will also help avoid some of the other common mistakes we’ve seen, such as:
- Missing exclusions for Medicaid and Medicare income (for medical providers)
- Not structuring commission agreements so that the commission expense is an exclusion
- Double counting income that was already reported on a flow-through franchise return
- Not realizing some real estate providers may qualify for the COGS deduction
- Not applying the reduced 0.375 rate for retailers and wholesalers
Calculation methods, available credits, billing/contracting changes…it’s a lot to think about. Working with a Texas CPA, like Austin CPA David French, can set you on the right path to painlessly filing your 2022 Texas Franchise Tax Report.
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