sales tax http://kut.org en Study: Amazon's Sales Tax Sends Shoppers Elsewhere http://kut.org/post/study-amazons-sales-tax-sends-shoppers-elsewhere <p>Requiring Amazon to charge state sales tax has sent many consumers looking for other tax-free options, according to <a href="http://papers.nber.org/tmp/51204-w20052.pdf">a new study</a>&nbsp;for the National Bureau of Economic Research.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2012, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs<a href="http://kut.org/post/amazon-start-paying-texas-sales-tax"> reached an agreement</a> with Amazon to collect sales tax on items sold to Texans. Because Amazon has a "physical presence" in Texas - its distribution center in Irving - Combs said Amazon should have been collecting state sales tax on online sales. She agreed to drop her demands for $269 million in taxes if Amazon promised to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;create 2,500 jobs and spend $200 million in capital investments. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But after Amazon started charging sales tax in Texas, its sales in this state dropped by 11 percent, according to researchers.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:21:01 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10316 at http://kut.org Study: Amazon's Sales Tax Sends Shoppers Elsewhere Sales Tax Holiday Set for Second Weekend in August http://kut.org/post/sales-tax-holiday-set-second-weekend-august <p>The state’s annual sales-tax-free weekend is a little earlier this year, but there’s still time to get ready.</p><p>Coming up on the weekend of August 9 to 11, Texas shoppers can save the sales tax on most clothing and back-to-school stuff priced under $100.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:20:00 +0000 Trey Shaar 8344 at http://kut.org Sales Tax Holiday Set for Second Weekend in August Sales Tax Holiday to Give You a Break on Efficient Appliances http://kut.org/post/sales-tax-holiday-give-you-break-efficient-appliances <p>If you’re thinking of buying an appliance anytime soon, you might want to circle Memorial Day weekend on your calendar. The state’s annual <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/news2013/130507-holiday.html">Energy Star sales tax holiday</a> runs May 25- 27.</p><p>Dub Taylor with the <a href="http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/">State Energy Conservation Office</a> says they want to encourage people with the idea that after you save on sales tax, you’ll also save on your electric bill.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 21:53:17 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7671 at http://kut.org Sales Tax Holiday to Give You a Break on Efficient Appliances Sales Tax Revenue Up 5 Percent in Austin http://kut.org/post/sales-tax-revenue-5-percent-austin <p>The growth of Austin means people are spending more money; today <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/news2013/130508-allocations.html">we got a measure of that</a>. Sales tax collections in the city grew almost 5 percent in April compared to the same month last year.</p><p>Some cities around Austin saw a major jump in sales tax collections.</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 21:07:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7670 at http://kut.org Sales Tax Revenue Up 5 Percent in Austin U.S. Senate Poised To Approve Online Sales Tax Bill http://kut.org/post/us-senate-poised-approve-online-sales-tax-bill <strong>Update at 7:00 p.m.:</strong><p>The Senate has passed the Marketplace Fairness Act by a vote of 69 to 27, The Associated Press reports.<p><strong>Here's our original post:</strong><p>The Senate is expected to approve a measure on Monday that would end tax-free shopping for online purchases, a move that concerns many e-retailers but has the support of the states that stand to collect billions in previously lost revenues.<p>As NPR's Dave Mattingly reports, the Marketplace Fairness Act would give states the power to require retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for the first t Mon, 06 May 2013 19:34:21 +0000 Scott Neuman 7634 at http://kut.org U.S. Senate Poised To Approve Online Sales Tax Bill Sales Tax Receipts Way Up in Austin http://kut.org/post/sales-tax-receipts-way-austin <p>Texas sales tax receipts are up 3.7 percent from a year ago. Here in Austin, sales taxes were up more than 13 percent from February 2012.</p><p>Economist <a href="http://www.angeloueconomics.com/">Angelos Angelou</a> says that points to the rapid growth of the Austin area, which he says is adding nearly 65,000 people a year.</p><p>“The economy is overperforming both the Texas and the national economies, so we’re doing well and we will continue, I think, to prosper,” Angelou said.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:49:18 +0000 Trey Shaar 6857 at http://kut.org Sales Tax Receipts Way Up in Austin Sales Tax Receipts Up in Austin http://kut.org/post/sales-tax-receipts-austin <p>A fresh reading of the Austin economy suggests people are spending more money than they were a year ago.&nbsp;</p><p>The state comptroller says <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html">sales tax receipts grew</a> by 6.5 percent in January from the same month a year earlier. That was slightly more than the statewide growth of 6.1 percent.</p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:38:42 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6493 at http://kut.org Sales Tax Receipts Up in Austin Perry Calls for Tax Cuts as Legislature Opens http://kut.org/post/perry-calls-tax-cuts-legislature-opens <p>Texas lawmakers may have $29 billion more to spend on the state budget this session than they did in 2011. Now, Gov. Rick Perry is floating the idea of tax cuts.</p><p>Perry says lawmakers will have more than $101 billion in revenue over the next two years because of the economic climate Republicans have created in Texas. Increased revenue, he says is a reason to push for keeping a tight budget and avoiding increases -- and, as he told lawmakers during the Legislature’s opening day Tuesday, to consider tax cuts.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 6132 at http://kut.org Perry Calls for Tax Cuts as Legislature Opens Tax Free Weekend Getting Underway http://kut.org/post/tax-free-weekend-getting-underway <p>It's that time of year again: As the summer ends for Texas students, the state's annual sales tax-free weekend gears up again.&nbsp;</p><p>Items receiving tax-free status this weekend include&nbsp;clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. &nbsp;You can find a complete list of items going untaxed this weekend&nbsp;<a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/taxholiday/d/">here</a>.</p><p>As <a href="http://kut.org/2012/08/its-sales-tax-holiday-time-again/">KUT News reports</a>, Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis, who sponsored the measure originally in 1999, is cognizant of the impact on the state of foregoing those tax dollars, estimated at $65 million this year.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:10:36 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4905 at http://kut.org AM Update: Lackland Air Base Sexual Assault Case, Austin Movie Security, Summer Sales Tax Holiday http://kut.org/post/am-update-lackland-air-base-sexual-assault-case-austin-movie-security-summer-sales-tax-holiday <p><strong>Lackland Assault Case Nears Conclusion</strong></p><p>The case against Staff Sergeant Luis Walker, the trainer <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/air-force-base-texas-allegations-sexual-assault">accused of sexual assault</a> at<a href="http://www.jbsa.af.mil/">&nbsp;Lackland&nbsp;Air Force Base&nbsp;</a>in San Antonio, is wrapping up. Closing arguments got underway this &nbsp;morning.</p><p>Staff&nbsp;Sgt. Walker is accused of 28 counts that include rape and sexual assault.</p><p>In three days of testimony, the prosecution presented 14 witnesses, including alleged victims. The defense brought only one witness, a technical sergeant familiar with the video surveillance capabilities throughout the base.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:50:28 +0000 Kelly Connelly, Olivia Gordon & Wells Dunbar 4729 at http://kut.org AM Update: Lackland Air Base Sexual Assault Case, Austin Movie Security, Summer Sales Tax Holiday AM Update: UT Law School's New Dean, Sales Tax Revenues Rise, Fat Lady Sings for San Antonio Opera? http://kut.org/post/am-update-ut-law-schools-new-dean-sales-tax-revenues-rise-fat-lady-sings-san-antonio-opera <p><strong>UT Announces New Dean of Law School</strong></p><p>Ward Farnsworth, an associate dean at Boston University&rsquo;s Law School, will replace Interim Dean Stefanie&nbsp;Lindquist&nbsp;as leader of the law school on June&nbsp;1.</p><p>Before joining Boston University, Farnsworth clerked for Richard Posner on the 7th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Anthony Kennedy on the U. S. Supreme Court.</p><p>Farnsworth say his first order of business is &quot;learning from the faculty, the alumni and the rest of the community down there about their views and abilities, and how we can use them to advance the mission of the school,&quot; <a href="http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2012/05/introducing-ward-farnsworth-the-latest-ut-law-dean/">reports the&nbsp;<em>Alcade</em></a>.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 13:21:10 +0000 Sam J. Ellison, Divya Darsi & Laura Rice 4202 at http://kut.org AM Update: UT Law School's New Dean, Sales Tax Revenues Rise, Fat Lady Sings for San Antonio Opera? Austin Sales Tax Numbers Indicate Continued Recovery http://kut.org/post/austin-sales-tax-numbers-indicate-continued-recovery <p>The monthly sales tax figures are out for November, and they indicate that Austinites spent 6 percent more last month than November 2010. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs&rsquo; <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/cities.html">report</a> says Austin collected $11.2 million in sales tax last month, compared with $10.5 million during the same period last year.</p><p>The positive numbers jibe with the improving employment picture in Austin. The latest jobs report showed the local economy added <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/11100-more-people-employed-austin-over-past-year">more than 13,000</a> positions over the last year. But the unemployment rate still rose to 7.1 percent because more people were out looking for work.</p><p>Statewide, the sales tax increase was even more dramatic, with revenue climbing by 12 percent last month compared to November 2010. Combs&rsquo; office <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/news2011/111207-salestax.html">says</a> the state collected $2 billion in sales tax across Texas last month, largely due to growth in the growing oil and natural gas sector.</p><p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 21:54:58 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3168 at http://kut.org Austin Sales Tax Numbers Indicate Continued Recovery Austinites and Texans Spending More, Sales Tax Numbers Show http://kut.org/post/austinites-and-texans-spending-more-sales-tax-numbers-show <p>The amount of sales tax collected by the government is often viewed as an indicator of how well the economy is doing. If that&rsquo;s true, Austin&rsquo;s economy is doing a lot better this year than it was in 2010. &nbsp;</p><p>Sales tax receipts in the Capitol City were up 4 percent last month, compared to October of last year, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/cities.html">latest figures</a>&nbsp;released by the State Comptroller&rsquo;s office.&nbsp;Austinites&nbsp;paid $13 million in sales tax last month. In October 2010, the number was about $12.5 million.</p><p>Statewide, sales tax figures were up 16 percent in October 2011 compared to last year.</p><h1 style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:7.5pt;margin-bottom:22.5pt;margin-left: 0in"> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:47:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2955 at http://kut.org Austinites and Texans Spending More, Sales Tax Numbers Show State Considers Taxing Jet Fuel and Bottled Water http://kut.org/post/state-considers-taxing-jet-fuel-and-bottled-water <p>Texas raked in 9.4 percent more in sales tax this year than it did last year, but state officials don&#39;t expect that growth to continue in 2012. So they&#39;re looking at other ways to find more money.</p><p>One way is to tax things that are currently exempt from taxation. At a <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/schedules/html/C4902011092810001.htm">public hearing</a> at the Capitol today, two items attracted the most attention: bottled water and jet fuel.</p><p>Under the current Texas law, <a href="http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&amp;app=9&amp;p_dir=&amp;p_rloc=&amp;p_tloc=&amp;p_ploc=&amp;pg=1&amp;p_tac=&amp;ti=34&amp;pt=1&amp;ch=3&amp;rl=293">bottled water</a> is exempt from sales tax. A <a href="http://www.chron.com/news/article/Texas-on-track-for-nation-s-highest-sales-tax-1524566.php">bill proposed by the House Committee</a> last May had an amendment to change that, but the legislation was never adopted. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 21:15:33 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2615 at http://kut.org State Considers Taxing Jet Fuel and Bottled Water Online Purchases Might Get Taxed, After All http://kut.org/post/online-purchases-might-get-taxed-after-all <p>Texans may soon have to pay sales tax on many of the products they buy online, despite an attempt by Governor Perry to stop that from happening. Last week, Governor Perry <a href="http://kut.org/2011/05/perry-vetoes-bill-that-would-have-boosted-online-tax-collection/">vetoed a bill</a> that would have required internet retailers with a physical presence in Texas to charge sales tax.</p><p>But now that same provision has found its way into <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=821&amp;Bill=HB1">House Bill 1</a>, a sweeping fiscal matters bill being considered during the special legislative session. Perry would not have line-item veto power on House Bill 1, so he would have to veto the entire spending bill to block the internet tax provision he already vetoed when it was <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&amp;Bill=HB2403">House Bill 2403. Fri, 03 Jun 2011 17:31:05 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1627 at http://kut.org Online Purchases Might Get Taxed, After All People In Central Texas Are Spending More Money http://kut.org/post/people-central-texas-are-spending-more-money <script type="text/javascript" src="http://public.tableausoftware.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js"></script><div id="tableau_hide_this" style="width:429px; height:719px;"><p>Even though Central Texas avoided the most severe blows of the national recession, we still experienced our own economic downturn. New data from the state shows we are continuing to bounce back.</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 17:40:29 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1451 at http://kut.org People In Central Texas Are Spending More Money Austin Sales Tax Receipts Up 4 Percent Over Last Year http://kut.org/post/austin-sales-tax-receipts-4-percent-over-last-year <p>People bought more stuff in Austin this year than they did in the first three months of 2010, according to sales tax figures released today by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.&nbsp; The comptroller <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/news2011/110406-allocations.html">reports</a> that Austin is receiving 4.35 percent more in sales tax revenue compared to January-March 2010. However, if you compare March 2010 with March 2011, the increase was a nominal 0.05 percent.</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:39:27 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1062 at http://kut.org Austin Sales Tax Receipts Up 4 Percent Over Last Year Austin Sales Tax Revenue Up http://kut.org/post/austin-sales-tax-revenue <p>The state comptroller's office reports that Austin will see a <a href="http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/top20.html">13% increase</a> in sales tax revenue for January.</p><p>Texas took in over $1.81 billion for December, a 9% jump over December 2009.&nbsp; In a news release, Comptroller Susan Combs noted that this is the ninth straight month of year-to-year gains.&nbsp; In her budget estimate released earlier this week, Combs predicted sales tax revenue to continue rising this year and through the next biennium.</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:39:45 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 621 at http://kut.org Austin Sales Tax Revenue Up People Buying More In Austin Than Last Year But Less Than 2008 http://kut.org/post/people-buying-more-austin-last-year-less-2008 <p>The latest sales tax collection numbers show the state collected $10.56 million in Austin last month. That's an increase of about 0.11 percent from the $10.54 collected in the same month last year. But it's substantially less than the $11.56 million in sales tax collected in Austin in November 2008.</p><p>The numbers suggest the Austin economy is more active than it was 12 months ago, but still has yet to recover from the pain inflicted by the national recession.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 23:06:24 +0000 Nathan Bernier 429 at http://kut.org People Buying More In Austin Than Last Year But Less Than 2008