The Lone Star State Tax Amnesty Program

Texas is a notoriously business friendly state. And friends forgive. Thus, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced a temporary tax amnesty program. It gives certain delinquent taxpayers a chance to get sales tax accounts in good standing without incurring penalties and interest.

Hegar states, “Our tax amnesty program is the perfect opportunity for taxpayers to get in compliance. Maybe you forgot to get a sales tax permit or you inadvertently underreported taxes owed. If you qualify, there are no excuses necessary. You can participate in the coming tax amnesty program and make things right with the state of Texas and with your fellow taxpayers.”

The Texas Tax Amnesty Program runs from May 1 to June 29, 2018, applying to periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018.  Only liabilities that have not been previously reported to the Comptroller apply as well.

Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 in 2017, and it requires that the Public Accounts Comptroller establish a tax amnesty program to encourage voluntary reporting by the following:

  • Delinquent taxpayers who don’t own a Texas Sales and Use Tax Permit, or are not registered for a tax or fee administered by the Comptroller’s office
  • Taxpayers who do indeed have a permit, but may have underreported or owe additional taxes or fees

The caveat? The Texas Tax Amnesty Program does not apply to periods currently under audit review:

  • IFTA taxes
  • PUC Gross Receipts assessments
  • Local Motor Vehicle Tax
  • Unclaimed Property payments


Give us a call today at 800.952.8996 for your free courtesy consultation, to see if your company is a candidate for the Texas Amnesty Program.  visit

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