8.25 Things Texans Should Know About Their Local Taxes


8.25 is the maximum sales and use tax you can be charged in Texas. Local taxing entities may impose sales and use tax of up to 2 percent. The state sales and use tax rate is 6.25 percent.


Local taxing entities include cities; counties; school districts; transit authorities; and special purpose districts (SPDs) that are created to generate revenue for a targeted purpose.


Since 1992, more than 500 SPDs were created in Texas, representing an increase of more than 45 percent.


State law requires that tax assessors/collectors send property owners their tax bills on or shortly after October 1st every year


Local property tax levies increased 188 percent between the years 1992 and 2010, more than four times the rate the Texas population grew during that period.


Sales tax collections from SPDs increased by more than 1,700 percent between 1993 and 2011 as the number of SPDs increased from 9 to 193.


In Fiscal Year 2011, local sales tax revenue generated nearly six billion in Texas.


This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If you want more in-depth information, including interactive maps and such, visit www.texastransparency.org/yourmoney/localtax/



"Your Money and the Taxing Facts" is one of a four-part series of reports the Comptrollers Office. That’s the .25 we talked about up there. Get it? To see the others, visit www.texasitsyourmoney.org

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