HOUSE BILL 500 REDUCING THE FRANCHISE TAX PASSED BUT NOW THE SENATOR IN CHARGE OF DRAFTING THE COMPARABLE BILL HAS REMOVED THE TAX RELIEF PROVISIONS FOR OUR INDUSTRY. WE NEED TO GET THEM REINSTATED.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE, BUT IT'S THE 11TH HOUR. THERE ARE 7 DAYS LEFT IN THIS SESSION AND THE LEGISLATURE WILL PASS A BILL.
THE ONLY QUESTION IS WILL IT PROVIDE THE TAX EQUITY THAT WE DESERVE OR WILL IT CONTINUE TO GIVE THE DEALERSHIPS AND FRANCHISES AN UNFAIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.
IF YOU DO NOT CALL AND TAKE ACTION, DO NOT BE UPSET WHEN YOU GET YOUR TAX BILL FOR 1% AND YOUR TAX AUDIT FROM THE STATE COMPTROLLER. MAKE THE TIME. MAKE THE CALL.
Please forward this to everyone and let them know now is the time to get on the phone!
Thanks to Johnny Bang from Tomball for getting us these other phone numbers. PLEASE stand up for your industry! there is no Senate BILL number YET but if you tell them HB 500 they know what you are talking about.
Sen. Tommy Williams-Woodlands (Chair) 512-463-0104
Sen. Chuy Hinojosa-McAllen (Vice-Chair) 512-4630120
Sen. Bob Deuell-Greenville 512-463-0102
Sen. Bob Duncan-Lubbock 512-463-0128
Sen. Kevin Eltife-Tyler 512-463-0101
Sen. Craig Estes-Wichita Falls 512-463-0130
Sen. Glen Hegar-Katy 512-463-0118
Sen. Joan Huffman-Houston 512-463-0117
Sen. Eddie Lucio-Brownsville 512-463-0127
Sen. Jane Nelson-Flower Mound 512-463-0112
Sen. Dan Patrick-Houston 5123-463-0107
Sen. Kel Seliger-Amarillo 512-463-0131
Sen. Royce West-Dallas 512-463-0123
Sen. John Whitmire-Houston 512-463-0115
Sen. Judith Zaffirini-Laredo 512-463-0121
I have underlined those Senators who sit on the Finance Committee and that represent the Houston area. When you call them ask to speak with the staffer who handles Senate Finance issues for the Senator. If you get put through to the staffer say that you would like to voice your support for HB 500 that was heard in the Sub-cmte on Fiscal Matters on Thursday, May 16th and that you would like Section 1 from HB 500 (the service trade versus retail trade for body shops and independent repair shops) to be included in the Committee Subsitute for HB 500.
NOW IS THE TIME
In JOHN MILLER'S last newsletter article about the franchise tax he asked that everyone be willing to make calls to Austin when the time came.
Our bill passed the House and is now in the Senate where they are stripping out all of the things we have worked 4 years to get.
Even if you do not pay this tax stand up for your fellow shop owners and call Austin.
Call Senator Glenn Hagar's office
Chair of the Finance Committee
talk to Pete
Tell them how this bill is needed to make the independent's tax rate equal to the dealers, parts stores and tire stores that do auto repair.
Tell them how we have worked 4 years to get this bill passed to get fair taxation
Your association has stood up for you with the City and the State. Now is the time for you to do your part. We really need your help.
Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage