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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
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Austin, Texas 78711
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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2017
Contact: Melissa Duncan
512-463-0112
SB 17 KEEPS TEXAS ON PATH TO ELIMINATING FRANCHISE TAX

AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 17, which establishes a formula with the goal of phasing out the franchise tax over the next 10 years.

"SB 17 keeps Texas on the path to responsibly eliminating the franchise tax while maintaining the ability to meet our needs. If we are to remain the friendliest state for businesses, we need to remove this obstacle to job creation and economic growth,” Senator Nelson said. “Under SB 17, as the economy grows, so does tax relief.”

Specifically, SB 17:

  • Reduces the franchise tax every biennium if the Comptroller certifies that the state will experience at least 5-percent revenue growth;
  • Stipulates that 50 percent of the additional revenue is dedicated to franchise tax relief; and
  • Based on current revenue estimates, the franchise tax would be phased out within approximately 10 years.
Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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