Texas Expands Tax on SaaS

Texas – Most businesses have websites or apps that can be used on your phone, which usually has options to purchase online, to contact the company to ask questions, or just to send messages.

For the message to get to the service provider, it is uploaded to a cloud-based software. Effective May 30, 2017, these cloud-based texts or messages are now considered taxable data processing services.

Once you submit the information, it is sent thru a web-based application that translates the message, creates reports for taxpayers, and stores the message. These services are considered taxable data processing services and are excluded from general telecommunication services.  In the state of Texas, data-processing is taxed at a tax rate of 80% allowing a 20% exemption.  (ex. 8.25% > 6.6%)

The software used for processing data and any request is called SaaS (Software as a Service).  There will also be sales and use tax charged to businesses for renting specialized printers to print out customer’s messages and for the rental of tangible personal property.

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