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Frullo Announces New Sales Tax Exemption Registration For Agriculture Producers  print page

by: Rep. Frullo, John
11/09/2011

LUBBOCK - State Representative John Frullo (Lubbock) announces the new sales tax exemption registration process. Beginning Jan.1, 2012, farm, ranch and timber operators who produce agricultural and timber products for sale will need a special registration number to claim a sales tax exemption on taxable products used in those businesses. Producers can get a registration number online or through a mail-in application process. Registration is required by House Bill 268 which passed in the recent legislative session and was supported by retailers and agriculture groups.

"The new registration process takes the burden off retailers to verify whether a purchaser is eligible for exemption. It also ensures that the purchaser gets the qualifying exemption," Frullo said. "In today's economy, this exemption is very important to our community; I want to make sure everyone knows about it because after January 1, 2012, producers won't get the exemption without the registration number."

The exemption applies to buying items such as machinery and equipment; fertilizers; insecticides; irrigation equipment; and off-road motor vehicles used for farming and timber production. Those entitled to make tax-free purchases of taxable qualifying products include groups such as: farmers and ranchers who raise agricultural products to sell to others, fish farmers and bee keepers who sell the products they raise, custom harvesters, crop dusters, commercial nurseries engaged in fostering growth of plants for sale, and timber producers, including contract lumberjacks.

Products such as feed for livestock and wildlife, seeds and annual plants are always tax-exempt and would not require a registration number. The primary owner or operator of a farm, ranch or timber operation may obtain one registration number that can be used by anyone authorized by the registrant – including family members or employees – to make tax exempt purchases of qualifying products for the business.

The application for a registration number should take less than 10 minutes to complete. To register online go to www.GetReadyTexas.org. Online applicants will receive a registration number immediately. If you prefer, you may download a paper application form from the website or call 1-800-252-5555 to receive a form by mail.



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