Business Owners and Industry Groups
The Comptroller of Public Accounts is committed to providing a level playing field for business. When a business intentionally violates the state's tax laws, it gains an unfair business advantage that harms its law-abiding and taxpaying competitors. The Comptroller's office seeks to hold such offenders accountable -- and to remove them from the playing field if they cannot abide by the rules.
The Criminal Investigation Division regularly receives referrals from business and industry about conduct that indicates an intent to violate the state's tax laws. Such referrals may come from:
- corporate security departments investigating suspicious behavior within their organizations;
- corporate research divisions, particularly when research shows a suspicious drop in product sales in a particular area;
- business employees who observe duplicate sets of books, or the use of tax-free products for an unauthorized purpose; and
- industry and trade organizations, when their members note odd trends or illegal conduct.
The Texas Retailer's Association, the Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association and the Energy Security Council are just some of our industry partners that are helping us maintain a level playing field for Texas business.
For more information about our cooperative efforts with industry, please call CID Deputy Chief James Harris at (512) 463-3901.