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Texas Sales Tax Exceed Expectations


For the past 22 months, sales tax revenue in Texas has increased. Texas Comptroller, Susan Combs says, “Sales tax revenue continues to grow in almost all major economic categories….The recent monthly increase was led by the oil and natural gas-related sectors. Restaurants and services sectors also showed significant gains.”

The total “…sales tax collections topped $2 billion in January, crossing that threshold the second time in three months.” According to Statesman.com, “Before November, Texas’ take from sales tax had not exceeded $2 billion since right before the financial collapse in 2008.”

For Texas, sales tax is the main source of revenue to pay for basic services, schools and prisons. But Combs cautions the state to not get too comfortable, since this recent increase was related to oil and gas industries and the levels of purchasing are likely to drop.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”