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Texas Fresh Start Tax Amnesty Program 2012

  • Mar 16, 2012 | Susan McLain

Texas taxpayers are getting a break. If your business did not file a tax report, underreported tax on a previously filed report, or didn’t have a permit to report and remit Texas taxes and should have, well you might qualify for amnesty.

What is Texas Fresh Start Amnesty Program 2012?

Tax amnesty programs are state provided time periods that allow businesses to bring themselves into full compliance regarding state and local taxes. Usually, amnesty means that at least a portion of penalties and fees will be waived.

The Texas Taxpayer Amnesty Program 2012 runs from June 12 through August 17, 2012 and applies to any tax reports “…originally due before April 1, 2012.” According to the Fresh Start Project website, “The amnesty is available for all state and local taxes and fees administered by the Comptroller’s office, with the exception of Public Utility Commission gross receipts assessments.”

Benefits of the Program

As a result of voluntarily coming forward, “…the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts will waive penalties and interest for businesses that file delinquent tax reports and pay all taxes due, or amend reports that underreported taxes and pay the taxes due.”


“The amnesty does not apply to filing periods under audit or identified for an audit.”

The Fresh Start website provides quick and easy information about how to get amnesty and where to get help.

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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.”