Texas Franchise Bill Gets Hearing

ASA Testifies in Support of Franchise Tax Equity Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2013 – A hearing was held yesterday, March 18, for Texas Franchise legislation, Texas House Bill 71. Currently, automotive service and collision repair shops owned and operated by new or used car dealerships are taxed at half the rate used to tax independent automotive repair facilities doing identical work. The Texas state tax code classifies dealership sales as “retail” and allows their service and repair business to be included under that banner.

Texas House Bill 71, if passed, would allow automotive repair shops to be taxed the same rate that dealers, parts stores and tire stores are now taxed.

Automotive Service Association of Texas (ASA-Texas) members took part in the recent House Bill 71 hearing. Witnesses included:

•  Charles Parker, Kerrville, Texas, executive director of ASA-Texas

•  Johnny Bangs, Tomball, Texas, Bangs & Bumps Collision Shop

ASA requests that Texas members rally around House Bill 71 by sending a letter to their legislators urging them to support this bill. To contact Texas legislators, please visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

Written by autoshop-dev