Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

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Information for Franchise Tax Software Developers and Transmitters

Franchise Tax Web Service

Franchise Tax Web Service is a new technology enabling vendors and qualified entities to develop software using XML schemas for securely transmitting Franchise Tax reports and payments. Using the service eliminates paper reports and expedites status notification. Learn more about Franchise Tax Web Service development and how to participate.

Franchise Tax Preparation Software and Substitute Form Development

Computerized tax processors, commercial printers, software producers, payroll companies and other companies or individuals developing substitute Texas Franchise Tax forms can email SubstituteForms@cpa.state.tx.us for additional information.

Substitute tax forms and schedules that are generated using unapproved software cannot be processed through our automated processing equipment. A taxpayer using unapproved software risks incurring liability as a result of having their form rejected or not being timely filed. Taxpayers using unapproved software may also be required to resubmit on approved forms.

Currently Approved Franchise Tax Preparation Software Providers

View a list of currently approved Texas franchise tax preparation software and substitute form providers. This list is updated annually for the current filing period.

Important Note About Tax Preparation Software

The Comptroller’s office does not endorse any software developer or transmitter, its products or services. Software vendors are not affiliated with the State of Texas.

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.