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01-06-2011, 12:16 PM
Do any of you guys in Texas charge sales tax? My accountant is after me about it, but I really dont want the hassle.:hammerhead:

01-06-2011, 08:35 PM
State Comprtoller contacted me months ago, wanted to know why I wasn't charging tax. I told them I don't sale anything, he said labor is taxable:mad:

01-06-2011, 09:00 PM
You have to. I never thought I had to but got a call from the state comptroller criminal investigative division because someone reported that I wasn't charging sales tax. Apparently I owe for two years back. If I do not pay it is a felony. So either charge it or do everything in cash.
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01-06-2011, 09:19 PM
You guys have to charge individuals sales tax? Here we only have to charge businesses, not individual customers. So sales tax is only collected from commercial accounts.

Turf Dawg
01-06-2011, 09:25 PM
Have for years. What is funny is the things you are supposed to charge tax for and what is not taxable. Like if you cut limbs off a tree that is not taxable but if you haul them off then that is taxable. If yo build a retaining wall for water erosion than that is not taxable but if you build a retaining wall for looks than that is taxable, ect.....

Another thing you may not know is if get your Texas Sales and use Permit and buy plants wholesale, or even retail, and deliver and plant them you are supposed to have a Texas Nursery and Floral Permit.

01-06-2011, 11:52 PM
Taxable Services
May 2003

If you operate a service business in Texas, you may be required to collect sales tax.

Real property services
Extermination and pest control, garbage and other waste collection or removal, janitorial and custodial services (including parking lot sweeping or cleaning), landscaping and lawn maintenance (including tree surgery and plant leasing), and surveying.

01-07-2011, 12:50 AM
Yup been collecting for the past 8 years.

01-07-2011, 01:00 AM
yes, since day one.

01-07-2011, 01:20 AM
Yes, for almost 20 years.

Hassle??? Just wait until the comptroller finds out your not paying it!!!!

You need to listen to your cpa.

01-07-2011, 01:23 AM
Do any of you guys in Texas charge sales tax? My accountant is after me about it, but I really dont want the hassle.:hammerhead:

It's ok, don't worry about the hassle, the Texas State Comptroller will do the work of figuring up your amounts owed, fines and late penalties while you are sitting there trying to find somebody to buy your equipment to pay them. I mean, you DO know the state of Texas has been policing this board for a while now and using it to find people that are stupid enough to openly admit to not collecting and remitting their sales tax, AND put their business name in their signature information.

01-07-2011, 12:20 PM
I am new to the biz and this is one area i was lost on when starting out i did alot of research online and found that it is required. I am not an accountant so don't take my word for it. When i started i filed for a Texas sales and use tax permit. Heres a link to some info that u might find helpful http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx94_112.html it is my understanding that you must have one your first day in business and have to file your earning quartly but dont have to pay untill you exceed 5,000 in 4 quarters. But like i said im not an accountant so i dont wanna stear u in the wrong direction this is just my understanding of it.

Zak's Pro. Lawn Care
01-07-2011, 04:21 PM
Do any of you guys in Texas charge sales tax? My accountant is after me about it, but I really dont want the hassle.:hammerhead:

my question is how are you going to start charging tax to your customers since you haven't been doing it in the past...if you need to in your state. this may raise an issue for some of your customers because it means more money they must pay each month. you may want to ask your accountant what he thinks you should do about that issue if you end up needing to charge tax.

01-07-2011, 05:38 PM
The way i decided to go about things is once i set a price i kept the price once i passed my 5k threshold it became that much less i am making on each property. I knew the day would come where i would pass this threshold so i priced acordingly.

01-07-2011, 06:16 PM
I would be VERY carefull what some of you put in writting.

if your NOT collecting sales tax, then that means that your NOT paying redemption tax.

nor are you paying self employment tax.

you had better get this right. I bet you will be unert the microscope now for the next 7 to 10 yrs.

remember you can lie to the state and local's, But dont lie to the feds.
remember Martha Stewart.

I would get this cleared up NOW. the state had to turn it in to the Government.
then you have problems.

01-07-2011, 07:25 PM
Why is this even questioned? If it is your states law to collect sales tax on labor then you better abide by it. There is not even a discussion here. They WILL, not maybe, WILL penalize you and MAKE you pay it in the longrun.