Court Issues Favorable Sales Tax Decision for Government Contractor

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On June 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Texas issued its ruling in Combs v. Health Care Services Corporation, which upheld a government contactor‘s refund claim for sales taxes paid on purchases of tangible personal property used by the contractor in performing nontaxable services for the government. The decision should cause similarly situated contractors to consider if they have potential refund claims for open tax periods. However, the decision’s impact is limited by the Texas legislature’s enactment of legislation in 2011 narrowing the types of service contracts for which a government contractor can make tax-free purchases. …read more

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