Paying tax is an obligation that individuals and corporations of a certain state must honor. It is through tax payment that a nation is able to raise funds to undertake government projects. Taxes are a major source of government spending. There are various types of taxes that must be paid by individuals. In Texas, there is a certain type of tax called the franchise tax. The following are some of the things you need to know concerning franchise tax.
Franchise tax is a type of tax in Texas which is charged on entities that are either doing business in Texas or they were formed in Texas. This kind of tax is imposed on such entities as a way of paying for the privilege of doing business in Texas. The payment of franchise tax gives you the right to conduct your business activities in the state of Texas. You also need to know that all businesses are supposed to file franchise tax reports. This is necessary when the business is paying franchise tax or not.
When operating in Texas, you are supposed to confirm your franchise account status so that you know if you have the right to do business in Texas. The status of your account could be active, forfeited, eligible for withdrawal or termination, not established, franchise tax ended, or franchise involuntary ended. Your status becomes eligible for withdrawal or termination if your business entity has satisfied all the Texas franchise tax obligations to be able to file for withdrawal or termination with the Texas Secretary of State. Your right to do business in Texas can also be forfeited by the Secretary of State. Your entity’s status can read not established if you have not done the franchise tax questionnaire. The status can read franchise tax ended if your business has stopped doing business in Texas or your business has stopped existing in Texas. You are supposed to request for a certificate of account status from the Secretary of State. You should also get a tax clearance letter.
It is also vital for you to know that not all entities are eligible for franchise tax payment because some are not subject to the payment. Some of the entities that have to pay franchise tax in Texas are limited liability companies, corporations, joint ventures, business associations, professional associations, partnerships, trusts, savings and loan associations, professional corporations, banks, among other legal entities. Entities that are not supposed to pay the franchise tax include unincorporated political committees, real estate mortgage investment conduits, particular grantor trust, certain unincorporated passive entities, sole proprietorships, general partnerships whose direct owner is made up of natural persons, entities exempt in Tax Code Chapter 171(subchapter B). You can go to the Secretary of State website to find out if your company or entity is subject to franchise tax.
It is also vital for you to make sure that you understand how the franchise tax amount is calculated. This will assist you know the exact amount you are supposed to pay to the state of Texas. You should be aware of the fact that franchise tax is calculated using your business margin.