Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

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Franchise Tax Notices

Our office sends notices of specific franchise tax reporting errors as soon as the report is processed. For reports that are filed timely, you should receive a courtesy notice before you receive a Texas Notice of Intent to Forfeit Right to Transact Business, so you will have time to resolve the error.

Regardless of whatever notice you receive, the information below should assist you in resolving the problems with the account. If you’re not sure why your entity is subject to the franchise tax, please visit our Taxable Entities Frequently Asked Questions.

Section 171.256 of the Texas Tax Code requires the Comptroller to mail notice to taxpayers who failed to meet franchise tax filing and/or payment requirements before taking other statutory collection steps. A taxable entity is delinquent if a franchise tax report was not filed, or if it was filed without the necessary information, schedules or payment, on or before the due date. Failure to satisfy franchise tax requirements will result in forfeiture of the registration with the Texas Secretary of State. (See Tax Code Sections 171.257, 171.301 and 171.3015.)

The statutory notices have a section called "Problems with the account" or “Reason for Forfeiture.” An account can have more than one problem. You will find an explanation for each reason, and further information about the courtesy notices, below.

Courtesy Notices

Notice of Intent to Forfeit or Forfeiture Reasons

Information about checking the entity's account status, applying for exemption, and what to do if the entity is out of business is available online.

Required Plug-ins

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari.