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are services taxable in texas

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tree trimming? lawn services, salon services, medical, chiropractic services?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Ed Johnson replied 10 years ago.


I am providing you a comprehensive list of services that are considered taxable servies. Please note that if a service is not listed here, and is not specifically noted as exempt, it is considered taxable.

A Texas business that provides a taxable service for a fee is required to obtain a sales tax permit and collect the state and local sales tax. Listed below are some types of services that are taxable:

Amusement services
Admission to movie theaters, antique shows, sporting events (e.g. football and baseball games), health clubs, carnivals, country clubs, golf courses, amusement parks, and other similar events.

Cable television
Distribution of video programming, with or without the use of wires, to paying customers.

Credit reporting
Creation or delivery of a credit report or any part of a credit report for fees, dues, or other consideration.

Data processing
Using a computer for word processing, data entry, data production, or compilation, storage, and manipulation of information. Examples of data processing include check preparation, accounts payable or receivable preparation, and web site creation, storage and maintenance. Merely using a computer as a tool to help perform a professional service is not a data processing service.

Debt collection
Any activity performed for consideration to collect or adjust a delinquent debt, to collect or adjust a claim, or to repossess property subject to a claim, including activity performed in furtherance of the satisfaction or compromise of a debt or claim.

Information services
Furnishing general or specialized news or other current information or electronic data research or retrieval. News syndicates, financial reporters, and investment researchers must collect tax on their services. These services are not taxable, however, when provided to Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-licensed radio or television stations or newspapers published daily, weekly, or other short interval.

Insurance services
Appraisal, inspection, investigation, claims adjustment or processing, and insurance loss prevention.

Internet access
Giving customers access to the Internet for information, electronic mail and other online services.

Motor vehicle parking and storage
Parking and storage fees for a motor vehicle, including parking meters (either private or municipally owned), fees, decals, and parking permits, and impound fees.

Non-residential real property repair, restoration, or remodeling
All charges for labor and materials to rebuild, replace, alter, modify or upgrade existing non-residential realty. Non-residential real property repair, restoration and remodeling do not include the addition of new usable square footage or scheduled and periodic maintenance. Non-residential real property includes commercial establishments such as manufacturing facilities, restaurants, offices, and hospitals, but does not include property used as a family dwelling such as apartment complexes, nursing homes, and retirement homes.

Personal property maintenance
Services, such as shoe shining or repair, and dog grooming.

Personal property remodeling or repair
Services, such as appliance repair and furniture refurbishing or upholstering.

Personal services
Laundry, dry cleaning, carpet cleaning, massage services, Turkish baths, and escort services.

Real property services
Extermination and pest control, garbage and other waste collection or removal, janitorial and custodial services (including parking lot sweeping or cleaning), landscaping and lawn maintenance (including tree surgery and plant leasing), and surveying.

Security services
Private investigation, armored car service, armed courier service, burglar alarm system installation and/or monitoring, guard dog service, and some medical alert services.

Taxable labor
Services employed in manufacturing, assembling, fabricating, or processing products, even when the customer provides the raw materials, tools, or equipment. Examples of taxable labor include developing photographs, producing artwork, printing, calligraphy, custom sewing or tailoring, catering, and assembling products such as toys, furniture, or equipment.

The electronic or electrical transmission, conveyance, routing, or reception of sounds, signals, data, or information using wires, cable, radio waves, microwaves, satellites, fiber optics, or any other method now in existence or that may be devised. Examples of telecommunications services include long-distance and local telephone service, fax service, wireless phone service, pager services, and electronic mail (unless sold bundled with Internet Access.)

Telephone answering services
Receiving and relaying of telephone messages by a human operator.

Utility Transmission and Distribution
Sales of transmission or distribution of electricity to an end-use customer by a transmission and distribution utility, if the customer's consumption of electricity is subject to sales tax.