(Jourdanton) – Farmers and ranchers in Atascosa County will need to register for a sales tax exemption number in order to receive tax savings on agricultural inputs after the first of the year.
“In lean times like the drought devastation this year, the state sales tax exemption can be the difference between farmers and ranchers staying in or going out of business,” said Lloyd House, president of Atascosa County Farm Bureau. “A registration number will prevent abuse of the system by those who are not qualified to receive the exemption.”
Registration can be completed online at www.getreadytexas.org or mailed to the Texas Comptroller’s Office. After completing the online application, a tax exemption number will be provided immediately, followed by a confirmation letter by mail.
For mailed applications, a registration form is available through the website and at select retailers across the state. Mailed applications will take three to four weeks to process.
“This new registration process doesn’t change what items Atascosa County farmers and ranchers can purchase tax-free. In about 10 minutes, you can receive a registration number online and continue to save money on materials used for your operation,” President House said.
The agriculture sales tax registration number is the result of HB 268, passed during the 82nd Texas Legislature, to ensure proper use of the tax savings program.