Texas Sales Tax Guide

A step-by-step guide to understanding Texas sales tax rules.


They say everything is bigger in Texas. But, when it comes to sales and use tax management, things are pretty similar to the rest of the country. If you're unfamiliar with how to manage your Texas sales tax, our guide can help you. We'll cover how to get registered, how to collect sales and use tax and how to file ongoing returns.

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Table of Contents

An Overview of Texas Sales Tax

Understanding where, when, and how to collect Texas sales tax is no easy task. Whether you're collecting tax dollars at the point-of-sale or collecting Texas internet sales tax, our guide will break down the sales tax compliance process into focused, easy to understand chapters.

Texas Sales Tax Nexus

Understanding whether you need to collect, file, and remit Texas sales tax depends on a concept known as nexus. In this chapter, we'll take a look at situations that may trigger in Texas such as storing inventory in the state, hiring state residents, and click-through nexus.

Registering to Collect Texas Sales Tax

You'll want to get started establishing Texas sales tax compliance by understanding how to get your business registered for the necessary sales tax permit. We'll walk you through the process and help you understand when is the best time to get your business registered in Texas.

Collecting Sales Tax in Texas

After you've registered your business with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, you're ready to begin collecting sales tax. We'll review topics such as Texas sales tax exemptions, sales tax holidays, and determining state and local sales tax rates.

Filing Texas Sales Tax Returns

Now that you're business is registered with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and collecting sales tax, you'll need to file tax returns in an ongoing basis. We'll help you gain a deep understand of the process of filing sales tax returns. Topic covered include filing frequencies, filing on behalf of a client, and what happens if you file late.

Texas Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Every business that registers to collect Texas sales tax will be assigned a filing frequency. In this chapter, we'll take a look at the filing frequencies and associated due dates supported by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Late Filing Penalties, Fines & Interest

We know, mistakes happen and, from time to time, sales tax filing deadlines are missed. In this chapter, we'll take a look at what penalties you may be required to pay should you miss your assigned Texas sales tax filing date. We'll also consider interest charges for late sales tax payments.

Sales Tax on Texas Shipping & Handling

The rise of the internet economy has made it possible for buyers around the world to order your products. Did you know shipping and handling may be taxable? In this chapter we'll cover sales tax on shipping and handling in Texas. You'll want to pay attention here because there are some important details pertaining to invoicing you'll want to understand.