Comptroller’s office offers free help to pinpoint sales tax owed

Trying to negotiate the increasingly muddy waters of local sales and use tax collecting is no fun for business owners.

But the Texas Comptroller’s Office can help.

In a program that rolled out Wednesday, business owners and operators can download free sales tax rate locater files to determine tax responsibility at the time of sale.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the tax files were created by his agency due to the increasingly complex rules governing sales tax and use tax reporting.

The locater services will help sellers determine their exact tax responsibility at the time of sale.

“This update furthers our customer service-focused efforts to help remote sellers and others easily determine the proper local sales tax rate that should be applied to Texas purchases made online,” Hegar said.

The downloadable files can be incorporated into tax reporting and point-of-sale software. The files provide a comprehensive dataset of Texas addresses and associated state and local sales and use tax responsibilities, as well as a local jurisdiction tax rate file.

Hegar said his agency will update these files quarterly to account for new tax jurisdictions and rate changes within jurisdictions. The tax responsibility and rates will be valid for that quarter. The files are formatted based on Streamlined Sales Tax initiative guidelines.

For more information, email the Tax Allocation Section at [email protected] or visit the Sales Tax Rate Locator online at