Date & Time

Sep 15, 2020 10:00 am–11:00 am

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In 2006, Texas lawmakers faced a mandatory order from the courts to revamp our system of school finance coupled with growing concerns about the stability of the franchise tax as a source of state revenue. A number of alternatives to the franchise tax were considered and discarded, leaving then-Governor Perry to tap former state comptroller John Sharp to chair the Texas Tax Reform Commission to craft alternatives that could be used to reduce reliance on the school property tax. The linchpin of the commission’s recommendations was to restructure Texas’ earned surplus/capital-based franchise tax to one based on a new concept of taxable “margin.” The Commission was staffed by two former Comptroller staffers, James LeBas and Karey Barton, who crafted the concepts into statute. On Tuesday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m., TTARA’s Dale Craymer will host James and Karey in a one-hour webinar to review the debate at the time, and to discuss how the margin tax was formulated into Chapter 171 of the Tax Code. If you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of the margin tax, this is a can’t miss session. This webinar is open to the public.

TTARA will be able to offer 1 hour of continuing education credit for attorneys, accountants, and professionals in taxation with the State Bar of Texas, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.