|(a) This section applies to sales made prior to September
1, 2015. Effective September 1, 2015, the fireworks tax is repealed.
(b) Definitions. The following words and terms, when
used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) Consignment sale--An arrangement where a consignee
pays a distributor only for items that the consignee sells and returns
any unsold items.
(2) Fireworks--Any composition or device that is designed
to produce a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration,
or detonation that is classified as Division 1.4G explosives by the
United States Department of Transportation in 49 C.F.R. Part 173 as
of September 1, 1999. Examples of fireworks include items that are
commonly known as firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and
(3) Retail sale--Any sale of fireworks directly to
(4) Sales tax--The tax imposed by Tax Code, Chapter
(c) Imposition. A 2.0% tax is imposed on the retail
sale of fireworks in Texas. The fireworks tax imposed under Tax Code,
Chapter 161, is in addition to any state and local sales taxes that
are due on the retail sale of fireworks.
(d) Collection. Each seller must collect the fireworks
tax from the purchaser on the total price of each retail sale of fireworks
in Texas. The fireworks tax is collected in the same manner as sales
tax. See §3.286 of this title (relating to Seller's and Purchaser's
Responsibilities, including Nexus, Permits, Returns and Reporting
Periods, and Collection and Exemption Rules) for information on the
collection and remittance of sales tax.
(e) Consignment sales. For Texas tax purposes, distributors
who make consignment sales of fireworks are considered the sellers
of the fireworks and are responsible for reporting and remitting the
sales and fireworks taxes due on all retail sales made by consignees.
(f) Exclusions and exemptions.
(1) The following items are excluded from the fireworks
tax base, but retail sales of these items may be subject to sales
(A) a toy pistol, toy cane, toy gun, or other device
that uses a paper or plastic cap;
(B) a model rocket or model rocket motor that is designed,
sold, and used for the purpose of propelling a recoverable aero model;
(C) a propelling or expelling charge that consists
of a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate;
(D) a novelty or trick noisemaker;
(E) a pyrotechnic signaling device or distress signal
that is designed for marine, aviation, or highway use in an emergency
(F) a fusee or railway torpedo for use by a railroad;
(G) a blank cartridge that is sold for use in a radio,
television, film, or theater production, for signal or ceremonial
purposes in athletic events, or for industrial purposes; or
(H) a pyrotechnic device that is sold for use by a
(2) No fireworks tax is due on a sale that is exempt
from sales tax.
(3) A seller who accepts a valid and properly completed
resale or exemption certificate for sales tax is not required to collect
the fireworks tax. All sales that are unsupported by valid resale
or exemption certificates or by other exemption documentation acceptable
under the law are considered to be retail sales, and the seller will
be liable for the fireworks tax on those sales.
(g) Reports. A seller must report the fireworks tax
to the comptroller on forms that the comptroller prescribes. A seller
who fails to receive the correct form from the comptroller is not
relieved of the responsibility for filing a fireworks tax report and
for payment of the tax by the due date.
(h) Due dates for reports and payments. A seller must
report and remit fireworks tax on or before the applicable due date
for the sales period as specified in this section.
(1) The due dates are:
(A) August 20 for tax collected on sales that occur
(i) the period that begins May 1 and ends at midnight
on May 5 at a location that is not more than 100 miles from the Texas-Mexico
border in a county in which the commissioners court has approved the
sale of fireworks during that period; and
(ii) the period that begins on June 24 and ends at
midnight on July 4; and
(B) February 20 for tax collected on sales that occur
during the period that begins December 20 and ends at midnight on
(2) Reports and remittances that are due on Saturdays,
Sundays, or legal holidays may be submitted on the next business day.
(3) Reports submitted by mail must be postmarked on
or before the due date to be considered timely.
(4) Reports filed electronically must be completed
and submitted by 11:59 p.m., central time, on the due date to be considered
(i) Prepayment and timely filing discounts.
(1) The 1.75% sales tax prepayment discount does not
apply to fireworks tax.
(2) A seller who timely files the fireworks report
and pays the tax due on or before the applicable due date may retain
0.5% of the gross fireworks tax due.
(j) Late filing of reports and payment of tax due;
penalty and interest.
(1) If the tax is paid or postmarked one to 30 days
after the due date, a penalty of 5.0% of the tax due is imposed.
(2) If the tax is paid or postmarked more than 30 days
after the due date, a penalty of 10% of the tax due is imposed.
(3) If the tax is paid or postmarked more than 60 days
after the due date, interest is also due on the late payment. Interest
is applied at the applicable annual rate to the amount of the delinquent
tax due, exclusive of any late penalty. The comptroller publishes
the annual interest rate online at www.window.state.tx.us and by phone
(4) A late filing penalty of $50 is imposed for each
report that is not filed on or before the due date. The penalty is
due regardless of whether the person subsequently files the report
or whether no taxes are due for the reporting period. The $50 penalty
is due in addition to any other penalties assessed for the reporting
|Source Note: The provisions of this §3.1281 adopted to be effective March 19, 2002, 27 TexReg 2053; amended to be effective July 14, 2008, 33 TexReg 5536; amended to be effective December 31, 2013, 38 TexReg 9602; amended to be effective April 6, 2016, 41 TexReg 2493