BeBoldReportCoverThis report lays out the case for elimination of the franchise tax. Part II of this report (which is forthcoming) advocates for a transition away from property taxes to consumption taxes to fund the maintenance and operations of public schools. That report will also make the case for a lower property tax appraisal cap or property tax revenue cap to provide homeowners and business owners with relief from inexorable appraisal growth. Taken together, these reforms would represent a substantial transformation of the state’s tax structure, and thus, the state economy.

The fundamental point is that Texas has an opportunity to make a bold fiscal move by eliminating a tax or by substantially reducing a tax. Precisely how this is to be achieved can be determined by policy makers; this report simply lays out a path forward and illustrates the economic benefit of starting down that path.

To that end, the state’s franchise tax and school district maintenance and operations (M&O) property tax must be the focus of tax relief efforts. By cutting taxes now, Texas can create substantial dynamic economic benefits that will pay dividends in the future, bringing increased economic activity:

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