State law requires agricultural and timber producers to get new sales tax exemption certificates

The 82nd Texas Legislature passed a new law that requires a person claiming a sales tax exemption on products, including electricity, used in the production of agricultural and timber products to obtain an exemption registration number from the Texas Comptroller. Bluebonnet’s members who are agricultural and timber producers must provide their new exemption certificates with the registration number to the cooperative by Jan. 1, 2012. If we don’t have a new certificate and registration number on file by Jan. 1, 2012, we will be required to collect sales tax on the electricity our agriculture- and timber-producing members use.

The Texas Agricultural Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification form can be found on the Texas Comptroller’s website: www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxforms/01-924.pdf.

The Texas Timber Operations Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification form can be found on the Texas Comptroller’s website: www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxforms/01-925.pdf.

Bluebonnet sent a letter in October to its members affected by this new law. Click here to see the letter.

If you have any questions regarding this new law, call the Texas Comptroller’s office at 800-252-5555, or call us at 800-842-7708, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can also visit any of our member service centers in Lockhart, Bastrop, Manor, Giddings or Brenham Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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About Will Holford

Have you ever wondered about the future of electric use? Perhaps you’re curious about how some global or national events might impact your power, the environment or your bill? Maybe you’re just interested in what’s going on at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. We want to share what we know, and that’s what the Bluebonnet Blog is about. Will Holford, Bluebonnet’s Manager of Public Affairs, is going to write most often for the blog. He’s been with the co-op since 2007, and has worked in communications for more than 14 years. Will enjoys learning about energy – and writing about it. He and other Bluebonnet employees (and occasional guest contributors) will get the conversation going -- about everything from where your power is generated to where it’s used, advances in technology, changes that will affect you, and interesting peeks behind the scenes at the co-op. We welcome your comments, questions and ideas. Email Will at will.holford@bluebonnet.coop.
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