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Recent Texas Tax Appellate Court Opinions

The Texas Third Court of Appeals recently issued several Texas tax opinions, regarding both Texas franchise tax and Texas sales tax.  This blog post summarizes those Texas tax opinions. Texas Sales and Use Tax Cantu Enterprises, LLC v. Hegar, et al.  The Third Court of Appeals held that a taxpayer was not entitled to the […]


Business Buyer Owes Tax Not Assessed Until After Purchase, Appeals Court Says

The Texas Third Court of Appeals held today in Agri-Plex Heating and Cooling, LLC v. Hegar that the purchaser of a business may be liable for Texas sales and use tax assessed against the business for the time before the purchase, even if the Texas Comptroller did not audit the business and assess the tax […]


Southwest Royalties: No New Manufacturing Exemption for Oil & Gas, Texas Supreme Court Says

Today, the Texas Supreme Court released its long-awaited opinion in Southwest Royalties, Inc. v. Hegar.  It held that oil and gas above-ground and downhole production equipment doesn’t qualify for the manufacturing exemption from Texas sales and use tax, affirming the ruling of both the Third Court of Appeals and the trial court.  This case has […]


No Resale Exemption for Health Club Equipment, Appeals Court Finds

The Texas Third Court of Appeals issued its opinion today in Fitness International, LLC v. Hegar.  It held that certain equipment, such as cardio machines and weight racks, that a health club purchased for its customers’ use, was not exempt from Texas sales and use tax under the sale for resale exemption.  The court based […]


Appeals Court Finds Bill Pay Service Not Taxable

The Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals issued its opinion Tuesday in Hegar v. CheckFree Services Corporation.  It held that an online bill pay service was not a taxable data processing service under the Texas sales tax.  The court based its ruling on the fairly extensive role of individuals with specialized, professional knowledge in providing the […]


Texas Legislative Recap for State and Local Taxes 2015

While the 2015 Texas Legislature gave taxpayers a significant franchise tax (margin tax) rate cut and repealed some smaller taxes (some of which had not been collected in years), it otherwise left much of the Texas tax code otherwise unchanged.  In this Texas legislative recap, we’ll tell you about the changes the Texas Legislature made […]


Third Court of Appeals Defers to Comptroller on Manufacturing Exemption for Oil & Gas

As we reported earlier, the Third Court of Appeals ruled in Southwest Royalties, Inc. v. Combs that oil and gas above-ground and downhole production equipment doesn’t qualify for the Texas sales tax manufacturing exemption.  This case has drawn a fair amount of attention due to the large potential financial impact on the State of Texas […]


Court of Appeals Denies Texas Sales Tax Exemption for Oil and Gas Equipment

The Texas Third Court of Appeals just issued its opinion in Southwest Royalties, Inc. v. Combs, No. 03-12-00511-CV.  The opinion affirms a district court opinion denying oil and gas operators the Texas sales tax manufacturing exemption on their purchases of certain above-ground and downhole production equipment.  The opinion also provides some useful discussion of the circumstances […]


Supreme Court to review three state tax cases

The United States Supreme Court has already announced that it will review three state tax cases in its upcoming term — Comptroller v. Wynne, Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, and Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc.  This is unusual as the Supreme Court rarely reviews state tax cases.  While none of these cases involve […]


Third Court of Appeals Expands Aircraft Sales Tax Exemption

The Third Court of Appeals’ opinion in Cirrus Exploration Company v. Combs expands the number of businesses who may purchase aircraft without paying Texas sales and use tax.  In doing so, the Third Court of Appeals once again rejected a long-standing Texas Comptroller policy that imposed additional requirements not found in the Texas Tax Code […]


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