Franchise Tax Exemption & Deduction For Business Relocation | Fort Bend Economic Development Council

Effective Jan 1, 2014 House Bill 500 provides authorization for a company to deduct moving expenses from their apportioned margin while calculating their franchise liability

Companies must relocate their principle place of business from out of State into Texas to obtain the deduction. A taxable entity may deduct relocation costs incurred in relocating the taxable entity’s main office or other principal place of business to this state from another state if the business meets the criteria in Texas Tax Code Section 171.109(b). The taxable entity must take the deduction on the entity’s first annual report described by Rule 3.584(c) (1)(C)(i). The deduction may not reduce apportioned margin below zero, and no carry- over of unused deduction is allowed.

The bill also makes permanent an exemption for businesses that gross less than $1 million in revenue while providing a $1 million deduction for businesses once they pass the gross receipts revenue threshold. The bill also amends the margin calculation accordingly for equity.