For the past 30 years, the Freeport Exemption has provided a tax break to certain Texas business owners. Specifically, if you have inventory in the state of Texas for 175 days or less, and that inventory will be transported outside the state, you may qualify for a business property tax deduction. Savings are calculated based on a percentage of tangible property goods – known as Freeport goods – that were transported out of Texas during the prior year. Depending on the circumstances, savings can be substantial.
Applications Due by April 30 for Property Tax Savings
In 1989, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment that exempts Freeport goods from property taxes. The tax break was part of a larger effort to attract companies to Texas by offering the tax exemption. Local taxing jurisdictions had the option to adopt the exemption.
Every city, county and school district in Texas represents a separate tax entity; not all jurisdictions approved the Freeport Exemption. Refer to this list of Texas taxing entities granting the Freeport Exemption for 2020.
Still, some business owners are lucky to receive favorable tax treatment when they qualify in all three tax jurisdictions.
- Freeport inventory includes: raw materials, finished goods, supplies and work in progress for the purpose of assembling, repair, maintenance, storage, processing or fabricating
- Freeport property includes goods, merchandise, ores and certain aircraft and aircraft parts
- Oil, liquid, natural gas or gaseous materials that are immediate derivatives of oil refining or natural gas are excluded from the Freeport Exemption
- Goods must be transported out of Texas within 175 days of the date they are acquired, manufactured or brought into Texas
- Goods – known as goods-in-transit – may be sold in-state instead of being shipped out of state. However, the property still must meet all of the Freeport property requirements, and be transported out of Texas within 175 days after it was first acquired in or imported into the state
- There is an annual application
- Applications must be filed with the county appraisal district
- Strict documentation includes sales reports, inventory reports and financial statements
The application and supporting documentation must be submitted to the appraisal district no later than April 30 of the tax year for which you request the exemption. Any late applications must be filed no later than June 15, and penalties will apply.
Are you leaving any opportunities for tax breaks on the table? The Tax Services Group at Goldin Peiser & Peiser works with companies to ensure they are not overlooking the Freeport Exemption or any other tax credits and incentives for which they qualify.
Our tax experts can work with your business to manage the application and documentation process. For more information, please contact Kevin Harris at 214-365-2473.
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