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Four years ago, the Texas Legislature replaced the franchise tax with a new business tax commonly known as the "margin tax." The Texas comptroller has published very little administrative guidance interpreting the new tax laws. This lack of guidance provides planning opportunities for taxpayers.
Margin Tax – Overview
The margin tax revised and expanded the franchise tax by changing the tax base, lowering the rate and extending coverage to all active businesses receiving state law liability protection. Under the margin tax, limited partnerships became subject to business tax for the first time.
The margin tax levies a tax of up to 1 percent on a taxable entity's "taxable margin," which is an amount equal to either (a.) the taxable entity's total revenue minus cost of goods sold (COGS) or (b.) the taxable entity's total revenue minus aggregate wages and compensation. Taxable margin is capped at 70 percent of total revenue.
The margin tax includes several exemptions and limitations. For example, taxable entities with total revenue of less than $1 million are exempt from tax through fiscal year 2011. Thereafter, taxable entities with total revenue of less than $300,000 will remain exempt and those taxable entities with total revenue of $300,000-$1 million will benefit from a graduated system of deductions.
The margin tax introduced "combined reporting" to Texas. Entities that share more than 50 percent common ownership and are engaged in a "unitary business" must calculate their margin tax liability on a combined basis as if they were a single taxpayer.
The lack of administrative guidance provides the opportunity for taxpayers to take aggressive, but not unreasonable, positions because they will not be constrained by unfavorable interpretive precedent. Potential opportunities include the following:
If you have questions related the Texas Margin Tax or other tax issues, please contact Allen B. Craig III (firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.276.5570) or any other member of the Gardere Tax Team.
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