Current tax laws in the State of Texas have created a hostile environment for innovation thus impeding economic development. The Comptroller has applied exceedingly broad interpretations to the ill-conceived and outdated Data Processing and Information Services rules to discriminately tax virtually all web related professional services including custom programming, marketing and consulting. These unique laws are transforming Texas into the most technology unfriendly business environment in the United States.
If you provide these services and are in the majority of consultants that believe they are not taxable as professional services, you will likely be facing an audit and huge assessment for back taxes. If you have purchased a website, online marketing or custom application incorporating any web technology and did not pay sales tax, when audited you will be required to pay use tax.
In the near future, web related professionals will find themselves unable to compete with out-of-state and offshore alternatives. The resulting exodus of skilled professionals will decimate Texas' technology industry.
The good news is that there are many state officials who want Texas to be a global technology leader. While the state has been aware of the hazards of these laws for over a decade, the unprecedented growth of the Internet both in scope and application has made the impact of these hazards profound in today’s economy.
It is up to us to remind law makers that if you broadly and discriminately tax innovation, you destroy it. Texas and Texans cannot afford to lose their technological advantage.
Sign the petition letter to let the governor and policy makers know you support continued innovation in Texas.
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Repeal the Data Processing and Information Services tax rules.
I believe that it is essential that Texas has a free market for innovation in order for Texas companies to compete in the global market. As such, I believe that the State of Texas should not unfairly burden in-state organizations and consultants with a higher cost to acquire and provide modern modes of technology innovation.
I request that the state end all policies that:
- Creates a competitive disadvantage for Texas companies and entrepreneurs by making it more expensive than other states to acquire web related innovation;
- Creates an inequality between large and small businesses in the cost to acquire innovation;
- Creates discriminatory taxes against professional service providers such as marketers and programmers who use specific web technologies over those providing similar services using other mediums
In particular, I request that the recommendations of the Subcommittee on General Taxability of Internet Transactions to repeal the Data Processing and Information Services tax rules be enacted.
I further request that the State of Texas not enact any new policies that makes it more expensive for in-state organizations to acquire and provide web based innovation than other jurisdictions.