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TITLE 34PUBLIC FINANCE
PART 1COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
CHAPTER 3TAX ADMINISTRATION
SUBCHAPTER HHMIXED BEVERAGE TAXES
RULE §3.1002Mixed Beverage Sales Tax

(a) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Alcoholic beverage--This term has the same meaning as assigned by §3.1001 of this title (relating to Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax).

  (2) Complimentary alcoholic beverage--This term has the same meaning as assigned by §3.1001 of this title.

  (3) Governmental entity--An organization that is exempted from sales and use tax otherwise imposed on their purchases under Tax Code, Chapter 151 (Limited Sales, Excise, and Use Taxes), by operation of Tax Code, §151.309 (Governmental Entities).

  (4) Nonprofit organization--An organization that is exempted from the sales and use tax imposed under Tax Code, Chapter 151, by operation of Tax Code, §151.310(a) (Religious, Educational, and Public Service Organizations).

  (5) Permittee--This term has the same meaning as assigned by §3.1001 of this title.

(b) Mixed beverage sales tax. A tax at a rate of 8.25% is imposed on each alcoholic beverage sold, prepared, or served by a permittee, and on ice and each nonalcoholic beverage sold, prepared, or served by a permittee to be mixed with alcohol and consumed on the permittee's premises. The sales price of each item on which mixed beverage sales tax is imposed includes, but is not limited to, those items identified in §3.1001(c) of this title. Those items identified in §3.1001(f)(1) - (7) of this title are excluded from the sales price of items on which mixed beverage sales tax is imposed. Mixed beverage sales tax is imposed in addition to the mixed beverage gross receipts tax imposed under Tax Code, Chapter 183, Subchapter B.

(c) Administration, collection, and enforcement of mixed beverage sales tax.

  (1) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, mixed beverage sales tax is administered, collected, and enforced in the same manner as sales and use tax is administered, collected, and enforced in Tax Code, Chapter 151, except:

    (A) a permittee may not deduct or withhold any amount of taxes collected as reimbursement for the cost of collecting the tax, pursuant to Tax Code, §151.423 (Reimbursement to Taxpayer for Tax Collection); and

    (B) a permittee may not receive a discount for prepaying the tax, pursuant to Tax Code, §151.424 (Discount for Prepayments).

  (2) Tax due is debt of the purchaser. Mixed beverage sales tax is a debt of the purchaser to the permittee until collected.

  (3) Tax-included sales price. The total amount shown on a customer's sales invoice, billing, service check, ticket, or other receipt for sales that are subject to mixed beverage sales tax is presumed to be the sales price, without tax included. Contracts, bills, invoices, or other receipts that merely state that "all taxes" are included are not sufficient to relieve either the customer or the permittee of their tax responsibilities on the transaction. The permittee may overcome the presumption by using the permittee's records to show that tax was included in the sales price.

  (4) Record-keeping requirements. Permittees are responsible for creating and maintaining records of purchases and sales as required by §3.1001(j) - (m) and (o) of this title.

  (5) Bad debts. The exclusion of bad debts from the mixed beverage gross receipts tax base, as established in §3.1001(n) of this title, does not apply to mixed beverage sales tax. Bad debt deductions from mixed beverage sales tax are treated in the same manner as bad debt deductions from sales tax. For more information on bad debt deductions from sales tax, refer to §3.302 of this title (relating to Accounting Methods, Credit Sales, Bad Debt Refunds, Repossession Refunds, Interest on Sales Tax, and Trade-Ins).

(d) Separate tax disclosure statement.

  (1) A permittee may include on a customer's sales invoice, billing, service check, ticket, or other receipt that includes an item subject to mixed beverage sales tax:

    (A) a statement that mixed beverage sales tax is included in the sales price;

    (B) a separate statement of the amount of mixed beverage gross receipts tax to be paid by the permittee on that sale;

    (C) a separate statement of the amount of mixed beverage sales tax imposed on that item;

    (D) a statement of the combined amount of mixed beverage gross receipts tax and mixed beverage sales tax to be paid on that item; or

    (E) a statement of the combined amount of mixed beverage sales tax and sales and use tax imposed under Tax Code, Chapter 151, to be paid on all items listed on that sales invoice, billing, service check, ticket, or other receipt.

  (2) Mixed beverage gross receipts tax cannot be charged to or paid by the customer. A receipt with a statement of the combined amount of mixed beverage gross receipts tax and mixed beverage sales tax provided in paragraph (1)(D) of this subsection must clearly show that the customer is not being charged mixed beverage gross receipts tax.

  (3) For each receipt with a statement of the combined amount of mixed beverage sales tax and sales and use tax, as provided in paragraph (1)(E) of this subsection, the permittee's books and records must clearly show the amount of mixed beverage sales tax and sales and use tax on each sale of alcohol.

  (4) Examples of disclosure of tax statements.

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(e) Complimentary beverages. A permittee owes sales and use tax, as imposed by Tax Code, Chapter 151, on the purchase of alcoholic beverages, ice, and nonalcoholic beverages that are ingredients of a complimentary alcoholic beverage or that are served or provided by the permittee, without any consideration from the customer, to be mixed with a complimentary alcoholic beverage and consumed on the permittee's premises. The permittee also owes sales and use tax on taxable items that are furnished with a complimentary alcoholic beverage, such as napkins and straws.

(f) Exemptions; governmental entities; nonprofit organizations; university and student organizations; volunteer fire departments; temporary permit.

  (1) Governmental entity exempt on purchase of alcohol. A governmental entity can claim an exemption from mixed beverage sales tax on the purchase of alcohol in the same manner as a governmental entity can claim exemption from the payment of sales and use tax on the purchase of alcohol under Tax Code, §151.309.

  (2) Purchase of alcohol by nonprofit organization not exempt. A nonprofit organization cannot claim an exemption from the mixed beverage sales tax on the purchase of alcohol. In addition, except as provided in this subsection, a nonprofit organization is responsible for collecting mixed beverage sales tax on the sale, preparation, or service of alcoholic beverages to the same extent that the organization is responsible for paying mixed beverage gross receipts tax on such beverages. For more information, refer to §3.1001(e) of this title.

  (3) Nonprofit organizations; fundraising events.

    (A) The sale, preparation, or service of alcohol is exempt from mixed beverage sales tax when sold by a nonprofit organization that qualifies for exemption from sales and use tax under Tax Code, §151.310(a)(1) or (2) during a qualifying fundraising sale or auction authorized by Tax Code, §151.310(c).

    (B) Except as provided in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, the sale, preparation, or service of alcohol by a nonprofit organization that qualifies for exemption from sales and use tax under Tax Code, §151.310(a)(1) or (2) is computed in the same manner as mixed beverage gross receipts tax is computed in §3.1001(e) of this title.

  (4) University and college student organizations. The sale, preparation, or service of alcohol is exempt from mixed beverage sales tax when sold by a university or college student organization that is certified as an affiliated organization by a university or college as defined in Education Code, §61.003 (Definitions) during a sale authorized by Tax Code, §151.321 (University and College Student Organizations).

  (5) Volunteer fire departments; fundraising events. The sale, preparation, or service of alcohol is exempt from mixed beverage sales tax when sold by a volunteer fire department that qualifies for exemption from sales and use tax under Tax Code, §151.310(a)(4) during a qualifying fundraising sale or auction authorized by Tax Code, §151.310(c-1). This exemption is effective May 28, 2015. A previous exemption from mixed beverage sales tax on the sale, preparation, or service of alcohol when sold by volunteer fire departments at fundraising events expired on September 1, 2014.

  (6) Temporary mixed beverage permit required. Nonprofit organizations, university or college student organizations, and volunteer fire departments must hold a daily temporary mixed beverage permit or daily temporary private club permit, issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, in order to sell alcoholic beverages and claim an exemption from mixed beverage sales tax on those sales pursuant to paragraphs (3) - (5) of this subsection.

  (7) Governmental entities and nonprofit organizations owe mixed beverage gross receipts tax. A governmental entity or nonprofit organization is not exempt from the payment of mixed beverage gross receipts tax on receipts from the sale, service, or preparation of alcoholic beverages. This includes sales of alcohol during any fundraising sale or auction. For more information, refer to §3.1001(e) of this title.

(g) Lump-sum charges that include alcoholic beverages and additional items together for a single price.

  (1) Permittees shall compute mixed beverage sales tax on alcoholic beverages that are served together with meals for a single charge in the same manner as mixed beverage gross receipts tax is computed in §3.1001(c)(1)(D) of this title.

  (2) Permittees shall compute mixed beverage sales tax on alcoholic beverages that are served at private clubs, special events, or functions in the same manner as mixed beverage gross receipts tax is computed in §3.1001(d) of this title.

(h) Inventory used in cooking. Alcoholic beverages used in cooking are exempt from both mixed beverage sales tax under Tax Code, Chapter 183, and sales and use tax under Tax Code, Chapter 151, provided that the permittee follows the record-keeping requirements set out in §3.1001(h) and (l) of this title.

(i) Mixed beverage sales tax reports.

  (1) Due dates. Reports and remittances are due on or before the 20th day of the month following the reporting period end date. Reports and remittances due on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday may be submitted on the next business day.

  (2) Reporting periods.

    (A) Monthly filers. Permittees who have $1,500 or more in mixed beverage sales tax per quarter to report must file monthly reports.

    (B) Quarterly filers. Permittees who have less than $1,500 in mixed beverage sales tax per quarter to report may file returns quarterly. The quarterly reporting periods end on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.

  (3) Each permittee must file a mixed beverage sales tax report even if no sales or services of alcoholic beverages were made during the report period. The Texas Mixed Beverage Sales Tax report is due in addition to the Texas Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax report to be filed under Tax Code, Chapter 183, Subchapter B, and the Texas Sales and Use Tax report required to be filed under Tax Code, Chapter 151.


Source Note: The provisions of this §3.1002 adopted to be effective April 27, 2015, 40 TexReg 2278; amended to be effective May 8, 2016, 41 TexReg 3146

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