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February 26, 2019
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GUILLEN TO ALLOW RETAILERS TO PAY THE TAX
AUSTIN – State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a bill Monday to allow retailers to absorb the sales tax from buyers.
"Texas is one of the few states that do not allow retailers to absorb sales taxes from buyers," said Guillen. "That means retailers cannot hold promotions to compete with online retailers like Amazon, and Texans are left with the burden of the tax."
Currently, Texas laws ban retailers from advertising that they will pay the sales taxes, not the consumer. This prohibits many retailers from hosting promotional events or even voluntarily reducing taxes on necessary goods. Rep. Guillen's HB 2358 removes penalties for retailers for advertising that they will assume the burden of tax for sales made to consumers.
"Texas should allow businesses to make business decisions that benefit all of us," added Guillen. "In the end, it helps Texans save their hard-earned money."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen