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Even General Partnerships Subject to Franchise Tax in Texas

Wait a minute! I thought general partnerships were not subject to the new franchise tax? 

I guess in Texas, you're presumed taxable until proven nontaxable. Even though general partnerships made up of only natural persons as general partners are not subject to the revised Texas franchise tax, to preserve that non-taxable status, the comptroller requires the partnership to report certain information. Last June the comptroller published a form for such partnerships to file to preserve their non-taxable status, stating: “If the form is not returned, the partnership will be presumed to be subject to the revised franchise tax and will have an annual report due on May 15, 2008.”

Again I ask this question: Why are Texas legislators trying to turn Texas into California?

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