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Summary: HB 2145 would change how broadcasters apportion their franchise tax rate to include receipts for broadcasting services to customers that are legally domiciled in Texas in its apportionment calculation. HB 2145 is in response to a recent Texas Supreme Court dealing with the definition of “license,” and the change in apportionment made for broadcasters would cost the state approximately $12 million over 2018, according the Legislative Budget Board.
HB 2145 updates law to comply with a Texas Supreme Court ruling, and it establishes a way of apportionment that will decrease the amount of revenue Texas can take from broadcasters, making the franchise tax’s burden marginally lighter for this industry. We support HB 2145.