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ALERT: Texas Tax Amnesty – Get a Fresh Start

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March 7, 2018

Have you been doing business in Texas but have been concerned with registering with the state? Do you have underreported Texas tax liabilities? If you answered yes to either of these questions, there is no need to explain because you now have an opportunity to participate in Texas’ tax amnesty program.

Through the amnesty program, the Texas Comptroller is authorized to waive penalty and/or interest on most taxes and fees administered by the Comptroller, including sales and use taxes, franchise tax, severance taxes and most fuel taxes. It will not include taxes due on the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), unclaimed property or property taxes.

The state’s tax amnesty program will run May 1 to June 29, 2018, and is available to both registered and non-registered taxpayers. It is not available to taxpayers who are currently under audit. In addition, it does not apply to established tax liabilities.

You should note that, in general, if you fail to take advantage of a state’s amnesty program, you will be ineligible for the state’s voluntary disclosure program and may be subject to increased failure-to-participate penalties if audited by the state.


For more information on what this could mean for your organization, contact your AGH tax professional or Jerry Capps using the information below.

Gerald Capps, JD

Senior Vice President,
State & Local Services
Jerry Capps and his State and Local Tax (SALT) team provide sophisticated state and local tax planning, strategic advice and advocacy to numerous mid-market, Fortune 100 and industry-leading companies. The team has returned many millions of dollars in one-time and recurring tax savings to companies.

In addition to planning and compliance, the SALT practice includes legislation and policy, litigation, and controversy matters involving income, franchise, sales and use and property taxes. His work involves critical questions on nexus, apportionment, the Multistate Tax Compact, and the equal protection, due process, and commerce clauses of the United States Constitution. Capps is also a respected advocate on issues of tax policy. He represents clients in all phases of state and local tax controversy, including audit assistance and administrative hearings, and he provides counsel on state and local income and transactional costs for mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganizations. He has been engaged as a keynote speaker for organizations including the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, state and local CPA societies, university and professional accounting conferences, and chambers of commerce.

Capps is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association.
Gerald Capps, JD
Gerald Capps, JD
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NOTE: Any advice contained in this material is not intended or written to be tax advice, and cannot be relied upon as such, nor can it be used for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed by the IRS or states, or promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein.