New Internet sales tax rules take effect in Texas

On Oct. 1, two new sets of rules regarding sales tax collection in Texas took effect as a result of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision, South Dakota vs. Wayfair. They require businesses selling items or services to purchasers in other states to collect taxes for those states, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The decision set the stage for buyers to now pay local sales tax for purchases from major online marketplaces regardless of where those business are located. These collections will benefit local entities which collect sales tax such as local municipalities.


A pair of new Texas laws codified the requirements this year. The 86th Texas Legislature this year adopted House Bill 1525, which creates the new tax responsibilities for marketplace providers and marketplace sellers, and HB 2153, which provides a single local tax rate for remote sellers who now must charge Texas sales tax to buyers in this state.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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