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Who Must File and Pay Electronically

The 80th Legislature passed Senate Bill 377 lowering the mandatory payment threshold for certain taxes, including sales tax, from $100,000 to $10,000. This bill requires taxpayers to transmit their payments electronically to the Comptroller's office after May 1, 2008. WebFile offers taxpayers the ability to transmit their sales tax payments via WebEFT (electronic check) or credit card. Using a credit card incurs a non-refundable Credit Card Portal Processing Fee.

Taxpayers have the option of using our TEXNET Payment System to make electronic payments via the Internet or telephone. Taxpayers must be enrolled in the TEXNET Payment System and comply with the guidelines and payment deadlines in the Electronic Funds Transfer Payment Instruction Booklet (PDF, 1.4MB). Tax returns must be filed separately.

Senate Bill 377 also lowered the mandatory electronic reporting threshold to $50,000 from $100,000. Taxpayers who paid $50,000 or more during the previous fiscal year will be required to file certain tax reports, including sales tax, electronically. This change goes into effect January 1, 2009.

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Due Dates

Returns must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT on or before the 20th day of the month following the end of each report period. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the next business day will be the due date.

Report Period identifies the time frame the report data represents. Report Period is also used to identify the Filing Period.

Filing period identifies the time frame the report data represents. Filing period ending date is also used to identify the report period.

EXAMPLES:
Month Ending 10-31-2008
Quarter Ending 09-30-2008
Year Ending 12-31-2008

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TEXNET - State of Texas Financial Network

Taxpayers or licensees who paid a total of $100,000 or more in a payment category during the preceding state fiscal year (September 1 through August 31) are required to submit electronic payments using the TEXNET System. (Taxpayers or licensees who paid more than $10,000 but less than $100,000 can also submit payments electronically through WebEFT or credit card as part of the WebFile report or extension filing. More information on TEXNET.

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Electronic Fund Transfer - WebEFT

WebEFT is a payment option offered as part of the WebFile application when you electronically file your tax report or extension request. Bank information is required for the electronic transfer of funds (ACH Debit) from your financial institution to the State Treasury. The payment effective date can be the current date or 30 days in the future. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday, the next bank business day will be the due date. The date and amount should be recorded in your checkbook or savings book.

WebEFT is part of WebFile and can be accessed as part of your online report filing. If you only need to make an electronic payment (and are not filing a report or extension), you will need to use the TEXNET system.

The payment effective date is defined as the postmark/receipt date assigned to this payment. WebEFT payments may take several days to clear your bank account.

WebEFT is free. There is no pre-registration or credit card portal processing fee.

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Credit Cards

Payment by Credit Card is offered for your convenience as part of the WebFile application that allows you to electronically file your tax report or extension request. The non-refundable Credit Card Portal Processing Fee will be included in the credit card transaction. We accept American Express, MasterCard and Discover Credit Cards. If you pay by credit card, your payment effective date is the current date.

Information needed to complete the transaction for any of the above cards is:

  • Customer Name
  • Billing Address
  • Billing City
  • State
  • ZIP/Postal Code
  • Country
  • Phone Number
  • Credit Card Type
  • Credit Card Number
  • Credit Card Expiration Date
  • Name on Credit Card
  • Verification Code

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Credit Card Portal Processing Fee (Non-Refundable)

AMOUNT PAID FEE
up to $100.00 $1
$100.01 or more 2.25% of the amount paid plus a $0.25 processing fee

The Credit Card Portal Processing Fee is separate from the state taxes. It offsets the cost of the credit card transaction and is non-refundable.

Credit card payments can be made through WebFile as part of your online report filing. If you only need to make an electronic payment (and are not filing a report or extension), you will need to use the TEXNET system.

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Higher Education Contribution

The purpose of this program is to provide grants of money to enable eligible students to attend public and private institutions of higher education in this state.

All or part of the timely filing discount on your sales tax return can be contributed to the TEXAS Grant and Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance programs. To contribute, mail the contribution form with your donation.

For additional information please visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Web site.

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