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A Report to the Citizens of Texas, September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2008

A Report for all Texans

Taking Care of the Business of Texas

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is the chief tax collector, accountant, revenue estimator, treasurer and purchaser for the state of Texas. In plain talk, that means the Comptroller's office writes the checks and keeps the books for the multi-billion dollar business of state government.

As steward of the state's finances, the Comptroller's office serves every citizen in the state with a focus on strict accountability in the collection and expenditure of taxpayer dollars. But our job doesn't stop there. The Comptroller's office provides a wide variety of assistance for business owners, local officials and individuals.


To serve the people of Texas by applying the tax and fiscal laws fairly and consistently. Our office strives to continually improve our services through innovative management and technology, carrying out all our duties with integrity, openness and at the least cost to the taxpayer.


  • Improve voluntary compliance with the tax laws.
  • Efficiently manage the state's fiscal affairs.
  • Expeditiously manage the receipt and disbursement of state tax revenue.
  • Develop and maintain a skilled work force, committed to quality performance.
  • Maximize customer satisfaction by improving services while minimizing administrative burdens on those we serve.
  • Establish and implement policies governing purchasing and all contracting that foster meaningful and substantive inclusion of historically underutilized businesses (HUBs).

Texas by the Numbers

Population (2008) 23,840,276
Per-capita income (2007 dollars) $38,724
Earnings per job (2006 dollars) $49,823
Unemployment rate (2008 average) 4.8 percent
2008 Exports $192 billion
Public School Enrollment (2006-2007) 4,594,942


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