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Thanks for your question. Can you please elaborate a little more on what your question is exactly? I will do my best to assist you if you can provide some more information and be a little more precise with your question on your Texas C corp.
will I have to pay a tax or can I just close the corporation and start my business as sole proprietor
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The corporation has most likely been closed by the State for non filing and/or non payment of franchise taxes. You are free to open a sole proprietorship but I would not use exactly the same name. The exact same name usage might trigger an action by the state to secure payment of all those years of franchise taxes which would, with interest and penalties added, be astronomical.