Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

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Draftsmen and Designers
May 2003

Tax is due when a draftsman or designer uses a customer's specifications to create delineations, blueprints, designs for printed circuit boards, or other types of drawings. Tax applies whether the drawings are prepared manually or with a computer.

Collecting Tax

Tax is due on the total charge for drawings, blueprints, delineations, and circuit designs and on charges for paper and electronic copies of these items.

No tax is due when the items are delivered to locations outside Texas, but the draftsman should keep copies of bills of lading to document any out-of-state deliveries.

Tax-Free Purchases

Since they create taxable drawings for their customers, draftsmen can take advantage of manufacturers' sales tax exemptions. For more information on the exemptions available for manufacturers, see Rule 3.300.


A drafting company should keep exemption certificates, resale certificates, and other documentation to show tax-exempt sales or purchases.

Engineering Services

No tax is due when an engineer uses a customer's rough sketches or specifications to develop comprehensive specifications. Instead, the engineer must pay tax on goods and taxable services used to provide the service.


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.