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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

Contact: Allen Spelce
R.J. DeSilva
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For Immediate Release
April 3, 2008

Comptroller Susan Combs Nominates Panelists
to Review Effects of Revised Franchise Tax

(AUSTIN) — As Texas businesses prepare to file franchise tax reports using the new margin calculation and other revisions to the tax, a panel of tax experts, legislators and business representatives has formed to analyze the revised franchise tax’s effect on the business community and the Texas economy. The Business Tax Advisory Committee will issue a report to the Legislature by January 2009.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs chairs the committee.  Today Combs announced she has nominated 16 committee members, including two tax experts, and 14 taxpayer members who represent the Texas economy in terms of firm size and industry mix.

“These members represent a broad cross section of the business community,” Combs said. “The committee will have access to a wide array of franchise tax information that will be gathered at the Comptroller’s office, which will help members give a comprehensive report to the legislature.”

Combs’ nominees to the Business Tax Advisory Committee are business tax experts Donna Rutter, CPA, and Dale Craymer of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association. Taxpayer nominees, along with their industry, include David Gilliland and Mike Luther, services; Dan Hagan, transportation; Lynn Chilton, finance; Judy Lindquist, retail; Judy Kilgore, construction; A.J. Brune III, oil and gas; Gary Trudgeon and Emily Parrino, manufacturing; David White, communications; Sharon Aston, utilities; Joe Mack Hilliard, services; Eric Donaldson, services (trucking); and Andy Ellard, manufacturing.

Senator Steve Ogden, Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Warren Chisum and Representative Myra Crownover will represent the Legislature on the committee.

The committee will study the relative share of tax paid by industries and businesses of various sizes; how the incidence of the tax compares with the economic makeup of the business community; how the tax structure and amounts paid compare to business taxes in other states; and the effect of the tax on the economic climate of the state, including the effect on capital investment and job creation.

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