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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
June 3, 2009

Shoppers Can Easily Find Sales Tax Rates

(AUSTIN) — A new Web tool shows the correct sales tax rate for most any business address in Texas — making the increasingly complex system of taxing jurisdictions more transparent to shoppers and business owners.

"Two businesses located across the street from one another may charge different tax rates, leaving customers to wonder why," Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. "By entering the business addresses in the Sales Tax Rate Locator, customers may discover that the neighboring businesses are located in different taxing jurisdictions, and they both collect the correct tax."

In addition to the state sales tax, more than 1,400 cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts impose sales tax on goods and services, creating an ever-changing patchwork of overlapping taxing jurisdictions whose boundaries are unfamiliar to the average shopper.

Businesses with multiple locations can use the Sales Tax Rate Locator to learn the correct tax rate at each location.

The Sales Tax Rate Locator provides only the sales tax rate in effect at a given location. Sales tax laws determine how the tax rate applies to each sale.

The Sales Tax Rate Locator is at http://ecpa.cpa.state.tx.us/atj/addresslookup.jsp

Please refer to Guidelines for Collecting Local Sales and Use Tax at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx94_105.pdf for more information regarding your tax responsibility under local sales and use tax laws.

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