Website available for ag tax exemption registration
(Jourdanton) — Farmers and ranchers looking to utilize the Texas agricultural tax exemption for business purchases now are required to obtain a registration number through the Texas Comptroller’s office, effective Jan. 1, 2012. The Texas Comptroller’s office has created a website, www.getreadytexas.org, to apply for and receive the registration number online.
“The agricultural sales tax exemption saves Texas farmers and ranchers money on purchases to help them plant, grow and harvest the food that we all enjoy,” said Lloyd House, president of Atascosa County Farm Bureau. “However, we don’t want the system to be abused. This new registration number will ensure that the tax exemption is only used for its intended purpose.”
An online application may be completed at www.getreadytexas.org. After completing the online application, the applicant will receive an agricultural tax exemption number immediately. A confirmation letter and a copy of the application will be available to print, and a copy of the confirmation letter will be mailed to the applicant for his or her records.
“This website makes the registration process quick and easy. The Comptroller’s office really has simplified the process—all it takes is a computer, an Internet connection and a few minutes,” President House said.
The application form, AP-228 Application for Texas Agricultural and Timber Exemption Registration Number, also can be downloaded from the website, completed and submitted by U.S. mail. The paper application does not require a social security number. Mailed applications may take three to four weeks to process.