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TOPICS COVERED IN THIS BOOKLET:
Amended Reports Annual Reports Annualized Revenue Change in Accounting Period Combined Reporting Credits Discounts Disregarded Entities E-Z Computation Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Entities Subject to Tax Exempt Entities Estimated Tax Extension of Time to File Final Reports Forfeiture General Information Initial Reports Margin Minimum Franchise Tax Passive Entities Penalties and Interest Tax Rates Tiered Partnerships Where to File 8 3 3 5 6 8 3 2 3 5 1 2 3 5 4 6 1 4 2 3 2 6 2 8 8

WHAT'S NEW / TAX LAW CHANGES / IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Significant changes were made to the Texas franchise tax by the 79th and 80th Legislatures. These changes generally apply to reports originally due on or after January 1, 2008, and include imposition of the tax on most legal entities including partnerships, a revised tax base called "margin" and a different tax rate. In addition, there are tax discounts available for taxable entities with less than $900,000 in total revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) and an E-Z filing option for those with $10 million or less in total revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based).

GENERAL INFORMATION
The instructions provided in this booklet are a summary of the Texas franchise tax law and rules. They are only intended to aid taxpayers in preparing their Texas franchise tax reports. We include information that is most useful to the greatest number of taxpayers in the limited space available. It is not possible to include all requirements of the Texas Tax Code (Chapter 171). Taxpayers should not consider this tax booklet as authoritative law.

ENTITIES SUBJECT TO TAX
The franchise tax continues to be imposed on corporations, limited liability companies (LLC), banks, state limited banking associations, savings and loan associations, corporations that elect S corporation status for federal income tax purposes, and professional corporations that are formed in Texas or that do business in Texas. For reports originally due on or after January 1, 2008, the tax is also imposed on partnerships (general, limited and limited liability), business trusts, professional associations, business associations, joint ventures and other legal entities that are: incorporated or formed in Texas; doing business in Texas, whether or not incorporated, organized, formed, qualified or registered under Texas law. These newly taxable entities will be required to file an annual report due on May 15, 2008. Rule 3.595 (c)(5). The tax is not imposed on: sole proprietorships (except for single member LLCs); general partnerships where direct ownership is composed entirely of natural persons (except for limited liability partnerships); entities exempt under Subchapter B of Chapter 171; certain unincorporated passive entities; 1

INDEX OF FORMS:
Form # 05-102 05-158-A 05-158-B 05-160 05-163 05-164 05-165 05-166 05-167 05-169 05-170 05-175 Title Public Information Report Franchise Tax Report, page 1 Franchise Tax Report, page 2 Credits Summary Schedule No Tax Due Information Report Extension Request Extension Affiliate List Affiliate Schedule Ownership Information Report E-Z Computation Franchise Tax Payment Form Tiered Partnership Report 10 10 15 17 19 20 20 21 22 22 23 24

certain grantor trusts, estates of natural persons and escrows; real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs) and certain real estate investment trusts (REITs).

DISREGARDED ENTITIES
An entity's treatment for federal income tax purposes does not determine its responsibility for Texas franchise tax. Therefore, partnerships, LLCs and other entities that are disregarded for federal income tax purposes, are considered separate legal entities for franchise tax reporting purposes. The separate entity is responsible for filing its own franchise tax report unless it is a member of a combined group. If the entity is a member of a combined group, the reporting entity for the group may elect to treat the entity as disregarded; however, both entities will be presumed to have nexus in Texas.

EXEMPT ENTITIES
Some entities may be exempt from the franchise tax. The exemptions vary depending upon the type of organization. Exemptions are not automatically granted to an entity. For more information on franchise tax exemptions go to www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1045.html. Note: An entity that qualifies as a passive entity is not considered an exempt entity.

MARGIN
Unless a taxable entity qualifies and elects to file using the E-Z Computation, the revised tax base is the taxable entity's margin and is computed in one of the following ways: Total Revenue times 70% Total Revenue minus Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) Total Revenue minus Compensation A taxable entity must make an annual election to deduct COGS or compensation by the due date of the franchise tax report, the extended due date, or the date the report is filed, whichever is latest. The election to use COGS or compensation is made by filing the franchise tax report using one method or the other. This is an annual election and is effective for the entire period upon which the tax is based and may not be changed by filing an amended report after the due date. If an election is not made, the taxable entity's margin will be calculated using 70% of total revenue.

PASSIVE ENTITIES
Partnerships (general, limited, and limited liability) and trusts (other than business trusts) may qualify as a passive entity and not owe any franchise tax for a reporting period if at least 90 percent of the entity's federal gross income, for the period upon which the tax is based, is from the following sources: dividends, interest, foreign currency exchange gain, periodic and nonperiodic payments with respect to notional principal contracts, option premiums, cash settlements or termination payments with respect to a financial instrument, and income from a limited liability company; distributive shares of partnership income to the extent that those distributive shares of income are greater than zero; net capital gains from the sale of real property, net gains from the sale of commodities traded on a commodities exchange, and net gains from the sale of securities; and royalties from mineral properties, bonuses from mineral properties, delay rental income from mineral properties and income from other nonoperating mineral interests including nonoperating working interests. Passive income does not include 1) rent or 2) income received by a nonoperator from mineral properties under a joint operating agreement, if the nonoperator is a member of an affiliated group and another member of that group is the operator under the same joint operating agreement. If an entity that qualifies as passive is registered with the Comptroller's office or the Texas Secretary of State's office, it will be required to file a no tax due information report for the period upon which the tax is based Form 05-163. If a partnership or trust qualifies as a passive entity for the period upon which the franchise tax report is based and is not registered with the Comptroller's office or the Texas Secretary of State's office, it will not be required to register or file a franchise tax report with the Comptroller's office. If the partnership or trust subsequently loses its status as a passive entity, it must file a Form AP-114 or AP-224 to register with the Comptroller's office and must begin filing franchise tax reports. 2

TAX RATES
The franchise tax rates are: 1.0% (.01) for most entities 0.5% (.005) for qualifying wholesalers and retailers 0.575% for those entities with $10 million or less in Total Revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) electing the E-Z Computation Qualifying retailers and wholesalers are those entities that fall under Divisions F and G of the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification manual (www.osha.gov/pls/imis/ sicsearch.html) who are primarily engaged in retail or wholesale trade. An entity is primarily engaged in retail and/or wholesale trade if: 1) the total revenue from its activities in retail or wholesale trade is greater than the total revenue from its activities in trades other than the retail and wholesale trades; 2) except for eating and drinking places as described in Major Group 58 of Division G, less than 50 percent of the total revenue from activities in retail or wholesale trade comes from the sale of products it produces or products produced by an entity that is part of an affiliated group to which the taxable entity also belongs; and 3) the taxable entity does not provide retail or wholesale utilities, including telecommunications services, electricity or gas.

ANNUALIZED REVENUE
To determine an entity's eligibility for the $300,000 no tax due threshold, discounts and qualification for the E-Z Computation, an entity must annualize its total revenue if the period upon which the report is based is not equal to 12 months (365 days). Note: The amount of total revenue used in the tax calculations will NOT change as a result of annualizing revenue. Total revenue will equal the prescribed amounts for the period upon which the tax is based. To annualize total revenue, an entity will divide total revenue by the number of days in the period upon which the report is based, then multiply the result by 365. Examples: 1) A taxable entity's 2008 franchise tax report is based on the period 09-15-2007 through 12-31-2007 (108 days), and its total revenue for the period is $150,000. The taxable entity's annualized revenue is $506,944 ($150,000 divided by 108 days multiplied by 365 days). Based on its annualized revenue, the taxable entity would not qualify for the $300,00 no tax due threshold, is eligible to file using the E-Z computation and would qualify for a discount of 40% of the tax due. 2) A taxable entity's 2008 franchise tax report is based on the period 01-01-2006 through 12-31-2007 (730 days), and its total revenue for the period is $1,500,000. The taxable entity's annualized revenue is $750,000 ($1,500,000 divided by 730 days multiplied by 365 days). Based on its annualized revenue, the taxable entity would not qualify for the $300,00 no tax due threshold, is eligible to file using the E-Z computation and would qualifiy for a discount of 20% of the tax due.

E-Z COMPUTATION
Entities with $10 million or less in total revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) may elect to file using the E-Z computation. The E-Z form number is 05-169. Combined groups are eligible for the E-Z computation. Upper tier entities, when a tiered partnership election has been made, will qualify for the E-Z computation only if the lower tier entity would have qualified for the E-Z computation before attribution of revenue to the upper tier. Entities electing to use the E-Z computation are eligible for a tax discount if their total revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) is less than $900,000 but they forego any other credits including the temporary credit for business loss carryforwards and economic development credits.

DISCOUNTS
A taxable entity, after computing the tax due on its taxable margin, is entitled to a discount of the tax imposed if its total revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) is less than $900,000. Upper tier entities, when a tiered partnership election has been made, will qualify for a discount only if the lower tier entity would have qualified for that discount before the attribution of revenue to the upper tier. If the period upon which the tax is based is not equal to 12 months, total revenue must be annualized. The annualized total revenue must be used to determine the discount percentage. The discount is based on the total revenue of the entity before apportionment as follows: if total revenue is greater than $300,000 and less than $400,000, the discount is 80 percent of tax due. if total revenue is greater than or equal to $400,000 and less than $500,000, the discount is 60 percent of tax due. if total revenue is greater than or equal to $500,000 and less than $700,000, the discount is 40 percent of tax due. if total revenue is greater than or equal to $700,000 and less than $900,000, the discount is 20 percent of tax due. A taxable entity that elects to use the E-Z computation is eligible for this discount.

MINIMUM FRANCHISE TAX
There is no minimum tax requirement under the franchise tax provisions. However, any entity that calculates an amount of tax due that is less than $1,000 or that has total revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) less than or equal to $300,000 is not required to pay any tax. The entity, however, must submit all required reports to satisfy their filing requirements. If an entity, other than a combined group, meets the $300,000 no tax due threshold in the previous paragraph, it should file a No Tax Due Information Report, Form 05-163. Note: An upper tier entity reporting revenue from a lower tier entity is not eligible for the no tax due, discounts and E-Z Computation provisions unless, before the attribution of any total revenue by a lower tier entity to an upper tier entity, the lower tier entity meets the criteria of these provisions.

ESTIMATED TAX
Texas law does not require the filing of estimated tax reports or payments.

ANNUAL REPORTS
Report Year The year in which the franchise tax report is due. Due Date May 15 of each report year.

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Privilege Period January 1 through December 31. Accounting Period Accounting Year Begin Date:
Enter the day after the ending date on the previous franchise
tax report. For example, if the 2007 annual franchise tax
report had an ending date of 12-31-06, then the beginning
date on the 2008 annual report should be 01-01-07.
Newly taxable entities (i.e. partnerships, professional
associations, etc.) filing 2008 annual reports: Enter the latest
of (a) June 1, 2006, (b) the date the entity was organized in
Texas or the date a non-Texas entity began doing business
in Texas, or (c) the day after the last accounting period
ending in 2006.
Accounting Year End Date:
Enter the last accounting period ending date for federal
income tax purposes in the year before the year the report
is originally due.


07-01-08. Sixty days before the original due date would be 05-02-08. The entity's normal accounting period ending date of 12-31-07 occurs at least 60 days before 07-01-08. Therefore, the entity must use 12-31-07 as its ending date. Example 2: The entity's normal accounting period ending date is 06-30. The entity's beginning date in Texas is 04-03-07. The original due date of the initial report is 07-01-08. Sixty days before the original due date is 05-02-08. The entity's normal accounting period ending date of 06-30-08 does not occur at least sixty days prior to the original due date of 07-01-08. Therefore, the entity must use 06-30-07 as the ending date. Combined Groups Except as provided below, if an entity is part of an affiliated group that is required to file a combined report, it will not report its data on a separate initial report, but will include its data with the combined group's report for the corresponding accounting period. The entity is required to file an initial report to tell the Comptroller the name of the reporting entity. If the entity (before it was a member of a combined group) has an accounting year begin date that is before the accounting year begin date that will be used by the combined group, then it will be required to file a separate initial report for the data from its accounting year begin date through the day before the accounting year begin date that will be used by the combined group.

INITIAL REPORTS
Report Year The year in which the franchise tax report is due. Due Date Initial reports are due one year and 90 days after the entity is organized in Texas or the date a non-Texas entity begins doing business in Texas Privilege Period For an initial report, the privilege period will cover an initial period which begins on the date that the entity is organized in Texas or, if a foreign entity, the date it begins doing business in Texas. The initial period ends on the day before the first anniversary of the beginning date. An initial report will also cover a second period which begins on the first anniversary of the beginning date and ends on the subsequent December 31. In addition, if an entity has a beginning date between October 3 and January 1, then the initial report will include the first annual privilege period. This could make the cumulative privilege period up to 27 months on an initial report. Accounting Period Accounting Year Begin Date:
Enter the date a Texas entity was formed or the date a non-
Texas entity began doing business in Texas.
Accounting Year End Date:
Enter the last accounting period ending date for federal
income tax purposes that is at least 60 days before the
original due date of the initial report.
Example 1: The entity's last normal accounting period
ending date is 12-31-07. The entity's beginning date in Texas
is 04-03-07. The original due date of the initial report is


FINAL REPORTS
An entity that ceases doing business in Texas for any reason (i.e. dissolution, withdrawal, merger, etc.) is required to file a final franchise tax report (Forms 05-158-A and 05-158-B, 05-163 or Form 05-169) and pay an additional tax. Due Date A final report is due 60 days after the entity ceases doing business in Texas. Accounting period Accounting Year Begin Date:
The day after the ending date on a previous franchise tax
report.
Accounting Year End Date:
The date the taxable entity ceases doing business in Texas.
For a Texas entity, the ending date is the effective date of
dissolution, merger or conversion into a non-taxable entity.
For a non-Texas entity, the ending date is the date the entity
ceases doing business in Texas.
Example: A Texas corporation filed a 2008 annual franchise tax report using 12-31-07 accounting year ending date. The corporation wants to dissolve on 08-03-08. To get a certificate of account status for dissolution, the corporation must file a final report and pay tax for the accounting period from 01-01-08 through 08-03-08. If the corporation is not

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dissolved until 08-16-08, the corporation must file an amended final report. The amended final report is due the 60th day after 08-16-08, the date the corporation dissolves. Texas corporations and LLCs must satisfy all tax liabilities before filing Articles of Dissolution. All other taxable entities must satisfy all franchise tax requirements, or state in the appropriate articles which entity will be responsible for satisfying all franchise tax requirements, before they may terminate legal existence in Texas. All documents required by the Texas Secretary of State to terminate legal existence in Texas must be received in that office before 5:00 p.m. on December 31 to avoid liability for the next annual franchise tax report. If December 31 falls on a weekend , the documents must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the last working day of the year. Postmark dates will not be accepted. You may refer to w w w. w i n d o w. s t a t e . t x . u s / t a x i n f o / f r a n c h i s e / close_reinstate.html for more information on filing requirements. This section does not apply to financial institutions. Non-Texas entities that have not obtained a certificate of authority or have not registered with the Texas Secretary of State's office, but have been doing business in Texas, must satisfy all franchise tax requirements to end their responsibility for franchise tax. The entity must notify the Comptroller's office in writing and include the date the entity ceased doing business in Texas. Combined Groups Except as provided below, if the entity that ceases doing business in Texas is part of an affiliated group that is required to file a combined report, the data that should be reported on the final report will be included in the combined group's report for the corresponding accounting period. The entity is required to file a final report to tell the Comptroller the name of the reporting entity. If the entity (before it was a member of a combined group) that ceases doing business has an accounting year begin date that is before the accounting year begin date that will be used by the combined group, then it will be required to file a final report for the data from its accounting year begin date through the day before the accounting year begin date that will be used by the combined group.

Example 1: A fiscal year entity changes its accounting year end from 09-30-07 to a calendar year end of 12-31-07. Because of the change in the federal accounting period, the entity is required to file a short period federal return covering the period 10-01-07 through 12-31-07. For franchise tax reporting purposes, the entity would file its 2008 report based on the period beginning 10-01-06 through 12-31-07, combining the relevant information from the two federal income tax reports. Example 2: A calendar year entity lost its S election under the Internal Revenue Code on June 27, 2007. As a result, the entity was required to file a short period federal S return for the period 01-01-07 through 06-27-07. The entity did not change its accounting year end and filed a second short period federal return for the period 06-28-07 through 12-31-07. For franchise tax reporting purposes, the entity would include the period 01-01-07 through 12-31-07 on its 2008 annual report and would combine the relevant information from the two federal reports.

EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE
Please see extension requirements for combined reports and EFT filers in the respective sections of these instructions. If an entity cannot file its annual report by the original due date, it may request an extension of time to file the report. If granted, the extension will be through November 15. The extension payment must be at least 90 percent of the tax that will be due with the report or 100 percent of the tax reported as due on the prior franchise tax report (provided the prior report was filed on or before May 14 of the current year). For newly taxable entities, the 100% option is not available. The extension request must be made on Form 05-164 and must be postmarked on or before May 15. If the extension request is not made timely and does not meet the payment requirements, then penalty and interest will apply to any part of the 90 percent not paid by May 15 and to any part of the 10 percent not paid by November 15.

ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER (EFT)
An EFT filer may extend the filing due date from May 15 to August 15 by timely requesting an extension on Form 05164 and by remitting at least 90 percent of the tax that will be due with the report or 100 percent of the tax reported as due on the prior franchise tax report. In order for the 100 percent option to apply the prior year's report must have been filed on or before May 14 of the current year. An EFT filer may request an additional extension to November 15 to file the report by requesting an extension on or before August 15 and paying the balance of the amount of tax that will be reported as due on November 15. The conditions for requiring an entity to pay via EFT are outlined in Rule 3.9 concerning electronic filing and electronic fund transfers.

CHANGE IN ACCOUNTING PERIOD
Texas law does not provide for the filing of short period franchise tax reports. A change in a federal accounting period or the loss of a federal filing election does not change the beginning and ending date of an accounting period for franchise tax reporting purposes. The keys to the period upon which the tax is based are the beginning and ending dates. The beginning date will be the day after the ending date on the prior franchise tax report, and the ending date will be the last federal tax accounting period end date in the year prior to the year in which the report is originally due.

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PENALTIES AND INTEREST
A penalty of five percent of the tax due shall be imposed on an entity that fails to pay the tax or file a report when due. If the entity fails to file the report or pay the tax within 30 days after the due date, an additional five percent penalty shall be imposed. Delinquent taxes accrue interest beginning 60 days after the date the tax is due. The interest rate to be charged is the prime rate plus one percent, as published in The Wall Street Journal on the first day of each calendar year that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

A unitary business is defined as a single economic enterprise that is made up of separate parts of a single entity or of a commonly controlled group of entities that are sufficiently interdependent, integrated, and interrelated through their activities so as to provide a synergy and mutual benefit that produces a sharing or exchange of value among them and a significant flow of value to the separate parts. All affiliated entities are presumed to be engaged in a unitary business. See franchise tax rule 3.590 for more detailed information on combined reporting. Reporting Entity The combined group's choice of an entity that is: 1) the parent entity, if it is a part of the unitary business, or 2) the entity that is included within the combined group, is subject to Texas' taxing jurisdiction, and has the greatest Texas business activity during the first period upon which the first combined group report is based, as measured by the Texas receipts after eliminations for that period. The reporting entity shall file a combined report on behalf of the group together with all reports and schedules required by the Comptroller. Combined Report A combined group shall include all taxable entities without regard to the $300,000 limitation on revenue. For example, even if an entity in a combined group on its own has less than or equal to $300,000 in total revenue, that entity must still be included in the report for the combined group. Unless a combined group qualifies and elects to file using the E-Z computation, the combined group's margin is computed in one of the following ways: Total Revenue times 70% Total Revenue minus Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) Total Revenue minus Compensation A combined group must make an annual election to deduct COGS or compensation by the due date of the franchise tax report, the extended due date or the date the report is filed, whichever is latest. The election to use COGS or compensation is made by filing the franchise tax report using one method or the other. This is an annual election that applies to all members of the group, is effective for the entire period upon which the tax is based and may not be changed by filing an amended report after the due date. If an election is not made, the combined group's margin will be calculated using 70% of total revenue. A combined group may qualify to use the E-Z computation if its combined total revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) is $10 million or less. A combined group shall look at the total revenue of the group to determine the applicable tax rate. If the revenue from retail and/or wholesale activities is greater than the revenue from

FORFEITURE
If an entity does not file its franchise tax report and required information reports and/or does not pay tax, penalty or interest due within 45 days of the due date, its powers, rights, and its right to transact business may be forfeited. Entities that fail to file or pay within 120 days of the forfeiture of the right to transact business are subject to having their registration (charter, certificate of authority, etc.) forfeited. Upon the forfeiture of the right to transact business, the officers and directors of the entity become personally liable for each debt of the entity that is created or incurred in this state after the due date of the report and/or tax and before the privileges are restored. Texas Tax Code Section 171.255.

COMBINED REPORTING
Taxable entities that are part of an affiliated group engaged in a unitary business shall file a combined group report in lieu of individual reports. The combined group is a single taxable entity for purposes of calculating franchise tax due and completing the required tax reports. An affiliated group is a group of one or more entities (with or without nexus in Texas) in which a controlling interest (more than 50%) is owned by a common owner, either corporate or noncorporate, or by one or more of the member entities. An affiliated group can include: pass-through entities, including partnerships; limited liability companies taxed as partnerships under federal law; S corporations; and disregarded entities under federal law. A combined group cannot include: taxable entities that conduct business outside the United States if 80 percent or more of the taxable entity's property and payroll are assigned to locations outside the United States; insurance companies that pay the gross premium tax; an entity exempt under Chapter 171, Subchapter B; or passive entities; however, the pro rata share of net income from a passive entity shall be included in the total revenue to the extent it was not included in the margin of another taxable entity. (See the section on Passive Entities for additional information.) 6

all other activities, then the group may qualify as a retailer and/or wholesaler and may use the lower tax rate as long as it meets all the criteria specified for the lower rate. Accounting Period of the Combined Group The combined group's accounting period is generally determined as follows: if two or more members of a group file a federal consolidated return, the group's accounting period is the federal tax period of the federal consolidated group; in all other cases, the accounting period is the federal tax period of the reporting entity. See the accounting period beginning and ending date requirements in the annual, initial and/or final report sections. If the federal tax period of a member differs from the federal tax period of the group, the reporting entity will determine the portion of that member's revenue, cost of goods sold, compensation, etc. to be included by preparing a separate income statement prepared based on federal income tax reporting methods for the months included in the group's accounting period. Note: On an annual franchise tax report, the combined group should exclude periods that were previously reported by a member on a separate franchise tax report. For example, a member of the group filed its 2007 annual report covering its calendar year January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006. The combined group's accounting period for the 2008 annual report is a fiscal year, October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007. The group should only include January 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007 for the member. Newly Formed or Acquired Entities When a combined group acquires or forms another taxable entity during the period upon which the combined group's report is based, it will be presumed that the newly acquired or formed entity is unitary and will be included in the combined filing. An acquired entity is required to file a franchise tax report, on its own or as part of another combined group for the period prior to the acquisition date. Combined Total Revenue A combined group shall determine its total revenue by: 1. calculating the total revenue of each of its members as if the member were an individual taxable entity without regard to the $300,000 limitation; 2. adding together the total revenues of the members determined under (1); and 3. subtracting, to the extent included in (2), items of total revenue received from a member of the combined group. Combined Cost of Goods Sold A combined group that elects to subtract cost of goods sold shall determine that amount by:

1. calculating the cost of goods sold for each of its members as if the member were an individual taxable entity; 2. adding together the amounts of cost of goods sold determined under (1); and 3. subtracting from the amount determined under (2) any cost of goods sold amounts paid from one member of the combined group to another member of the combined group, but only to the extent the corresponding item of total revenue was subtracted. Combined Compensation A combined group that elects to subtract compensation shall determine that amount by: 1. calculating the compensation for each of its members as if each member were an individual taxable entity; 2. adding together the amounts of compensation determined under (1); and 3. subtracting from the amount determined under (2) any compensation amounts paid from one member of the combined group to another member of the combined group, but only to the extent the corresponding item of total revenue was subtracted. If any employee, officer, director, etc. is paid by more than one member of the combined group, that individuals' compensation is capped at $300,000 per 12 month period upon which the report is based when computing the compensation factor for the group. Combined Apportionment Texas Gross Receipts of a combined group include only receipts for entities within the group that have nexus in Texas. Receipts from transactions between members that are excluded from revenue may not be included in Texas Gross Receipts. However, Texas Gross Receipts will include certain sales of tangible personal property made to third party purchasers if the tangible personal property is ultimately delivered to a purchaser in Texas without substantial modification. For example, drop shipments made by a member of a combined group from a Texas location to a Texas purchaser would be included in Texas receipts based on the amount billed to the third party purchaser if the seller is also a member of the combined group and the seller does not have nexus. Gross Receipts Everywhere for a combined group should include receipts for all entities within the group, regardless of whether the entities have nexus in Texas. Receipts from transactions between members that are excluded from revenue may not be included in Gross Receipts Everywhere. Combined Extensions A combined group can only use the 100% option for requesting an extension if all members of the combined group filed a franchise tax report in the previous year. If the group includes newly taxable entities or includes no-nexus members, then it must use the 90% option when requesting the 2008 extension.

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A combined group must timely submit Forms 05-164 and 05-165 along with the required payment to request an extension of time to file its report. Please see the Extensions and EFT sections of this booklet for additional information.

be taken. The election is made by actually taking the credit on a completed report form filed on or before May 15 or, if an extension is requested, on the extension request filed on or before May 15. A taxable entity that is a combined group is allowed to take a credit for eligible members of the combined group (i.e., the member was subject to the franchise tax on May 1, 2006, and preserved the right to take the credit). Economic Development Credits A taxable entity that established a research and development or job creation credit on a franchise tax report originally due prior to January 1, 2008, may claim any unused credit carried forward to offset the tax on margin. A taxable entity that established a capital investment credit on a franchise tax report originally due prior to January 1, 2008, may claim any unused installments and credit carried forward to offset the tax on margin.

TIERED PARTNERSHIPS
A "tiered partnership arrangement" means an ownership structure in which any of the interests in one taxable entity treated as a partnership or an S corporation for federal income tax purposes (a "lower tier entity") are owned by one or more other taxable entities (an "upper tier entity"). A tiered partnership arrangement may have two or more tiers. Unless a lower tier entity is part of a combined group, the lower tier entity may elect to exclude, from total revenue, the revenue reported to an upper tier entity. The lower tier entity must submit a report to the Comptroller showing the amount of total revenue that each upper tier entity should include with the upper tier entity's own taxable margin calculation, according to the ownership interest of the upper tier entity. If the upper tier entity is not subject to the franchise tax, then the election is void and the lower tier entity may not report revenue to the upper tier entity. If the election is made, the no tax due, discounts and E-Z Computation provisions do not apply to an upper tier entity if, before the attribution of any total revenue by a lower tier entity to an upper tier entity, the lower tier entity does not meet the criteria of these provisions.

AMENDED REPORTS
If an entity needs to amend a report, it must file all pages of the report (as originally filed) along with a cover letter explaining the reason for the amendment. The entity must write "AMENDED" on the top of each page of the report and submit supporting documentation. See Rule 3.584(f) for additional information.

WHERE TO FILE CREDITS
Temporary Credit for Business Loss Carryforwards A taxable entity is eligible for the credit if the entity was, on May 1, 2006, subject to the franchise tax. The credit is based on business loss carryforwards that were created on the 2003 and subsequent franchise tax reports that were not exhausted or expired on a report due before January 1, 2008. Business loss carryforwards must have been used to offset any positive amount of earned surplus, even in years when no tax was due or the tax due was based on taxable capital. Each eligible taxable entity must preserve its right to take the credit on or before the due date of the 2008 franchise tax report on the form prescribed by the Comptroller (Form 05-172). Members of a combined group must make the preservation on a separate entity basis. The taxable entity (including combined groups) must notify the Comptroller of its election to take the credit on or before the original due date of the report on which the credit will If tax is due, and the taxable entity is not required to use EFT or does not submit payment online, make the check or money order payable to the Comptroller of Public Accounts. Write the Texas taxpayer identification number and the report year on the check or money order. Complete the franchise tax payment Form 05-170. Mail the payment form and the check or money order to: COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS P.O. Box 149348
Austin, TX 78714-9348
Private Delivery Services Texas law conforms to federal law regarding the use of certain designated private delivery services to meet the "timely mailing as timely filing/paying" rule for tax reports and payments. If a private delivery service is used, address the return to: COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Franchise Tax Processing Austin, TX 78711

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING TAXPAYER INFORMATION
INCLUDED ON TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX FORMS

Taxpayer number: Enter the taxpayer identification number that has been assigned to your entity by the Comptroller's office. If you do not have an assigned number, enter your federal employer identification (FEI) number. Due date: For annual filers, enter May 15, 2008. If you are filing an initial or final report, enter the due date that was provided in the letter you received. Privilege period: See the privilege period information in the annual, initial and/or final report sections.

Taxpayer name: The legal name of the entity filing the report.

Mailing address: The mailing address of the entity filing the report. If there is a change of address for this entity, please blacken the circle as indicated.

Combined Report: If this report is being filed on behalf of an affiliated group of entities engaged in a unitary business, please blacken the circle accordingly.

Accounting year begin date: See the accounting period beginning and ending date requirements in the annual, initial and/or final report sections.

Tiered Partnership: If you are an upper tier entity including revenue passed to it by a lower tier entity, or if you are a lower tier entity excluding revenue passed to an upper tier entity, blacken this circle and complete Form 05-175.

Accounting year end date: See the accounting period beginning and ending date requirements in the annual, initial and/or final report sections.

Secretary of State file number or Comptroller file number: The number assigned to the entity by the SOS or Comptroller. NAICS code: Enter the code that is appropriate for the taxable entity or the code that reflects the overall business activity of a combined group. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes can be found at www.census.gov/epcd/www/ naics.html.

SIC code: Enter the code that is appropriate for the taxable entity or the code that reflects the overall business activity of a combined group. The 1987 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes can be found at www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sicsearch.html.

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SPECIFIC LINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR
EACH REPORT INCLUDED IN THIS BOOKLET

FORM 05-102
TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX PUBLIC
INFORMATION REPORT

Filing Requirements: Each corporation and LLC that has a franchise tax responsibility must file a public information report (PIR) to satisfy their filing obligation. The PIR is due on the date the franchise tax report is due. The report must be completed and signed by an officer, director or other authorized person of the corporation or LLC. A separate PIR is to be filed by each corporation and each LLC that files a separate franchise tax report or that is part of a combined group (unless the corporation or LLC does not have nexus in Texas). Even if the franchise tax report is filed and all taxes paid, the right to transact business may be forfeited for failure to file the completed and signed PIR. The effects of forfeiture include the denial of the corporation's or LLC's right to sue or defend in a Texas court, and each officer and director become personally liable for certain debts of the corporation or LLC. (Tex. Tax Code Secs. 171.251, 171.252 and 171.255) Changes to the registered agent or registered office must be filed directly with the Secretary of State, and cannot be made on this form. The changes can be made online or on forms downloaded from their Web site at www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_option.shtml. If there are no changes to the information in Section A of this report, then blacken the circle as indicated and complete Sections B and C. Section A: Report the name, title, and mailing address of each officer and director of the corporation or LLC as of the date the report is filed. If ALL the preprinted information in Section A is correct, blacken the circle on the front of the form. Otherwise, mark through any incorrect information and type or print the correct information next to the incorrect item or, if Section A is blank, complete Section A. Domestic profit corporations and domestic professional corporations must list all officers, which must include the president and secretary, and all directors. One person may hold all offices. Domestic non-profit corporations must list all officers. Different persons must hold the offices of president and secretary. There is a minimum of three directors. Domestic limited liability companies must list all managers and, if the company is member-managed, list all members. All officers, if any, must be listed. Out-of-state entities must list all officers and directors that are required by the laws of the state or country of incorporation or organization. 10 Sections B and C: Complete both sections as applicable. Processing, Accessing, and Correcting Information Reported on the PIR: Reports filed by Texas corporations or LLCs and corporations or LLCs with a Certificate of Authority are sent to the Secretary of State, as required by law. After processing, officer and director information from the report is made available on the Certificate of Account Status Web site, http://ecpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/Index.html. If the information is not available online, request a copy of the most recent PIR by contacting us at [email protected], or write to: COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Open Records Division P. O. Box 13528
Austin, Texas 78711-3528
Changes to officer and director information that occur after the report is filed, should be reported to the Comptroller on the next PIR the corporation or LLC is required to file. The Comptroller will not accept changes during the year, except as noted below. An individual whose name was included on the report, but who was not an officer or director on the date the report was filed, may file a sworn statement to that effect with the Comptroller. A corporation or LLC that made an error on its PIR may file an amended PIR with a cover letter explaining the error.

FORM 05-158-A
TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX REPORT PAGE 1

Filing Requirements: Any entity (including a combined group) that does not elect to file using the E-Z Computation or does not qualify to file a no tax due information report should file this report. A taxable entity must make an annual election to deduct COGS or compensation by the due date of the franchise tax report, the extended due date or the date the report is filed, whichever is latest. The election to use COGS or Compensation is made by filing the franchise tax report using one method or the other. This is an annual election and is effective for the entire period upon which the tax is based and may not be changed by filing an amended report after the due date. If an election is not made, the taxable entity's margin will be calculated using 70% of total revenue. Item 1. Gross receipts or sales For a taxable entity filing as a corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 1c, Form 1120.

For a taxable entity filing as an S corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 1c, Form 1120S. For a taxable entity filing as a partnership for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 1c, Form 1065. For a taxable entity filing as a trust for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 3, Schedule C, Form 1041. For a taxable entity that is a single member LLC filing as a sole proprietorship for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 3, Schedule C, Form 1040. For a taxable entity filing a federal tax from other than those mentioned above, enter an amount that is substantially equivalent to the amounts discussed in this section. Item 2. Dividends For a taxable entity filing as a corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 4, Form 1120. For a taxable entity filing as an S corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 5a, Schedule K, Form 1120S. For a taxable entity filing as a partnership for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 6a, Schedule K, Form 1065. For a taxable entity filing as a trust for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 2a, Form 1041. To the extent dividends earned by the LLC are included for a taxable entity registered as a single member LLC and filing as a sole proprietorship for federal tax purposes, enter the amount associated with dividends from line 6, Schedule C, Form 1040. For a taxable entity filing a federal tax from other than those mentioned above, enter an amount that is substantially equivalent to the amounts discussed in this section. Item 3. Interest For a taxable entity filing as a corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 5, Form 1120. For a taxable entity filing as an S corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 4, Schedule K, Form 1120S. For a taxable entity filing as a partnership for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 5, Schedule K, Form 1065. For a taxable entity filing as a trust for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 1, Form 1041. To the extent interest earned by the LLC is included for a taxable entity registered as a single member LLC and filing as a sole proprietorship for federal tax purposes, enter the amount associated with interest from line 6, Schedule C, Form 1040. For a taxable entity filing a federal tax from other than those mentioned above, enter an amount that is substantially equivalent to the amounts discussed in this section. Item 4. Rents For a taxable entity filing as a corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 6, Form 1120.

For a taxable entity filing as an S corporation for federal tax purposes: enter the amount from line 3a, Schedule K, Form 1120S and the amount from line 17, Form 8825. For a taxable entity filing as a partnership for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 3a, Schedule K, Form 1065 and the amount from line 17, Form 8825. For a taxable entity filing as a trust for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 3, Form 1040, Schedule E. For a taxable entity that is a single member LLC filing as a sole proprietorship for federal tax purposes, enter: the amount from line 3, Form 1040, Schedule E, to the extent that it relates to the LLC. For a taxable entity filing a federal tax from other than those mentioned above, enter an amount that is substantially equivalent to the amounts discussed in this section. Item 5. Royalties For a taxable entity filing as a corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 7, Form 1120. For a taxable entity filing as an S corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 6, Schedule K, Form 1120S. For a taxable entity filing as a partnership for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 7, Schedule K, Form 1065. For a taxable entity filing as a trust for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 4, Form 1040, Schedule E. For a taxable entity that is a single member LLC filing as a sole proprietorship for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 4, Form 1040, Schedule E, to the extent that it relates to the LLC. For a taxable entity filing a federal tax from other than those mentioned above, enter an amount that is substantially equivalent to the amounts discussed in this section. Item 6. Gains/losses For a taxable entity filing as a corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from lines 8 and 9, Form 1120. For a taxable entity filing as an S corporation for federal tax purposes, enter: the amount from line 4, Form 1120S and lines 7, 8a, and 9, Schedule K, Form 1120S. For a taxable entity filing as a partnership for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 6, Form 1065 and lines 8, 9a, and 10, Schedule K, Form 1065. For a taxable entity filing as a trust for federal tax purposes, enter the amount associated with gains/losses from lines 4 and 7, Form 1041. For a taxable entity that is a single member LLC filing as a sole proprietorship for federal tax purposes, enter: the amount from line 16, Form 1040, Schedule D, to the extent that it relates to the LLC; and the amount from line 17, Form 4797, to the extent that it relates to the LLC. For a taxable entity filing a federal tax from other than those mentioned above, enter an amount that is substantially equivalent to the amounts discussed in this section. 11

Item 7. Other income For a taxable entity filing as a corporation for federal tax purposes: enter the amount from line 10, Form 1120 to the extent not already included; and any total revenue reported from a lower tier entity under the tiered partnership election. For a taxable entity filing as an S corporation for federal tax purposes: enter the amount from line 5, Form 1120S; line 10, Schedule K, Form 1120S to the extent not already included; and any total revenue reported from a lower tier entity under the tiered partnership election. For a taxable entity filing as a partnership for federal tax purposes, enter: the amount from line 4 and line 7, Form 1065; the amount from line 11, Schedule K, Form 1065 to the extent not already included; the amount from line 11, plus line 2 or line 45, Form 1040, Schedule F; and any total revenue reported from a lower tier entity under the tiered partnership election. For a taxable entity filing as a trust for federal tax purposes, enter: the amount from line 3 and line 8, Form 1041 to the extent not already included; the amount from line 32 and line 37, Form 1040 Schedule E; the amount from line 11, plus line 2 or line 45, Form 1040, Schedule F; and any total revenue reported from a lower tier entity under the tiered partnership election. For a taxable entity that is a single member LLC filing as a sole proprietorship for federal tax purposes, enter the ordinary income or loss from partnerships, S corporations, estates and trusts from Form 1040 Schedule E, to the extent that it relates to the LLC; enter the amount from line 11, plus line 2 or line 45, Form 1040, Schedule F, to the extent that it relates to the LLC; enter the amount on line 6, Form 1040, Schedule C, that has not already been included; and any total revenue reported from a lower tier entity under the tiered partnership election. For a taxable entity filing a federal tax from other than those mentioned above, enter an amount that is substantially equivalent to the amounts discussed in this section. Item 8. Total gross revenue Total the amounts entered on items 1 through 7. Item 9. Deductions from gross revenue Deductions from gross revenue include the following: Bad Debt Expense For a taxable entity filing as a corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 15, Form 1120. For a taxable entity filing as an S corporation for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 10, Form 1120S. For a taxable entity filing as a partnership for federal tax purposes, enter the amount from line 12, Form 1065. For a taxable entity registered as a single member LLC and filing as a sole proprietorship for federal tax purposes, enter the amount associated with bad debt expense from line 27, Schedule C, Form 1040. For a taxable entity filing as a trust for federal tax purposes, enter the amount associated with bad debt expense from line 15a, Form 1041. 12

Foreign Dividends and Foreign Royalties Enter the amount of foreign royalties and foreign dividends, including amounts reported under Section 78 or Sections 951-964, Internal Revenue Code, to the extent included in gross revenue. Net Distributive Income A taxable entity's pro rata share of net distributive income from a taxable entity treated as a partnership or as an S corporation for federal income tax purposes. Net distributive income for the calculation of total revenue is the net amount of income, gain, deduction, or loss of the pass-through entity that is included in the federal taxable income of the taxable entity. A taxable entity that owns an interest in a passive entity shall not enter an amount on this item to deduct the taxable entity's share of the net income of the passive entity unless the income was included in the computation of the taxable margin of another taxable entity. Schedule C Dividends Received For a taxable entity reporting a Schedule C dividends received deduction, enter the amount reported on line 29b, Form 1120. Revenue from Disregarded Entities A taxable entity's share of income directly attributable to an entity that is disregarded for federal income tax purposes to the extent included in gross revenue (Items 2-8 above). Flow-through Funds To the extent included in gross revenue: A taxable entity may include an amount for flow-through funds mandated by: (1) law, (2) fiduciary duty (e.g., motor fuels excise taxes), or (3) contract (limited to sales commissions to non-employees, the tax basis of securities underwritten, and a taxable entity's flow-through payments to subcontractors for the design, construction, repair or improvement of real property or the location of boundaries to real property); A taxable entity that provides legal services may include an amount equal to the following flow-through funds: - damages due the claimant; - funds subject to a lien or other contractual obligation arising out of the representation, other than fees owed to the attorney; - fees paid to another attorney not within the same taxable entity; - reimbursement of case expenses; or - $500 per case for providing pro bono legal services. Dividends & Interest from Federal Obligations Enter the amount of dividends and interest from federal obligations. See Rule 3.587(b). Other Deductions To the extent included in gross revenue: A taxable entity that qualifies as a lending institution may enter an amount equal to the principal repayment of loans.

A taxable entity that is a staff leasing services company may enter an amount equal to payments received from a client company for wages, payroll taxes, employee benefits and workers' compensation benefits for the assigned employees. A taxable entity that is a health care provider may enter 100% of revenues (including copayments, deductibles and coinsurance) from Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, workers' compensation claims and TRICARE, and actual costs for uncompensated care (healthcare institutions may enter only 50% of such revenues). See Tax Code Section 171.1011(p)(2). A taxable entity that is a management company may enter an amount equal to reimbursements of specified costs incurred in its conduct of the active trade or business of a managed entity. A taxable entity may enter amounts received that are directly derived from the operation of a facility that is located on property owned or leased by the federal government and managed or operated primarily to house members of the armed forces of the United States. Intercompany eliminations combined reports To the extent included in total revenue, subtract items of total revenue received from members of the combined group. Item 10. Total Revenue Item 8 minus Item 9. If less than zero, enter zero. If the annualized amount of total revenue is less than or equal to $300,000, and the entity is not a combined group, stop here and file Form 05-163, No Tax Due Information Report. If the annualized amount of total revenue is $10,000,000 or less, the entity may elect to file using the E-Z Computation (Form 05-169). Note: An upper tier entity reporting revenue from a lower tier entity is not eligible for the no tax due, discounts or E-Z computation provisions unless before the attribution of any total revenue by a lower tier entity to an upper tier entity, the lower tier entity meets the criteria of these provisions. Item 11. Cost of goods sold "Goods" are defined as real or tangible personal property sold in the ordinary course of business. Tangible personal property includes computer programs as well as films, sound recordings, videotapes, live and prerecorded television and radio programs, books, and other similar property. Tangible personal property does not include items that are rented in the ordinary course of business, intangible property, or services. A taxable entity may make a subtraction under this section in relation to the cost of goods sold only if that entity owns the goods. A taxable entity that is a member of a combined group may subtract allowable costs as cost of goods sold if the goods for which the costs are incurred are owned by another member of the combined group.

A taxable entity that is subject to Internal Revenue Code, 263A, 460 or 471 may choose to expense or capitalize allowable costs associated with the goods purchased or produced. All other taxable entities will expense allowable costs associated with the goods purchased or produced. Expensing COGS An entity that elects to expense allowable costs will have no beginning or ending inventory. The entity should include all allowable costs as described below for the accounting period on which the report is based. Capitalized COGS If the entity elects to capitalize COGS, the calculation will include those allowable costs that were in inventory at the beginning of the period upon which the tax is based plus allowable costs capitalized during the period minus allowable costs in ending inventory at the end of the period. Note: In no instances will COGS for franchise tax reporting purposes equal the amount used for federal income tax reporting purposes or for financial accounting purposes. This amount can not be found on a federal income tax report or on an income statement. It is a calculated amount specific to franchise tax. Cost of goods sold includes all direct costs of acquiring or producing the goods, including: labor costs including W-2 wages, IRS Form 1099 wages, temporary labor, payroll taxes and benefits; cost of materials that are an integral part of specific property produced; cost of materials that are consumed in the course of performing production activities; handling costs, including costs attributable to processing, assembling, repackaging, and inbound transportation; storage costs, including the costs of carrying, storing, or warehousing property; depreciation, depletion, and amortization, reported on the federal income tax return on which the report under this chapter is based, to the extent associated with and necessary for the production of goods, including recovery described by Internal Revenue Code, 197, and property described in Internal Revenue Code, 179; the cost of renting or leasing equipment, facilities, or real property used for the production of the goods, including pollution control equipment and intangible drilling and dry hole costs; the cost of repairing and maintaining equipment, facilities, or real property directly used for the production of the goods, including pollution control devices; costs attributable to research, experimental, engineering, and design activities directly related to the production of the goods, including all research or experimental expenditures described by Internal Revenue Code, 174; geological and geophysical costs incurred to identify and locate property that has the potential to produce minerals; taxes paid in relation to acquiring or producing any material, or taxes paid in relation to services that are a direct cost of production; the cost of producing or acquiring electricity sold; and 13

a contribution to a partnership in which the taxable entity owns an interest that is used to fund activities, the costs of which would otherwise be treated as cost of goods sold of the partnership, but only to the extent that those costs are related to goods distributed to the contributing taxable entity as goods-in-kind in the ordinary course of production activities rather than being sold by the partnership. In addition to the items listed above, cost of goods sold includes the following costs in relation to the taxable entity's goods: deterioration of the goods; obsolescence of the goods; spoilage and abandonment, including the costs of rework, reclamation, and scrap; if the property is held for future production, preproduction direct costs allocable to the property, including storage and handling costs, unless specifically excluded below; postproduction direct costs allocable to the property, including storage and handling costs, unless specifically excluded below; the cost of insurance on a plant or a facility, machinery, equipment, or materials directly used in the production of the goods; the cost of insurance on the produced goods; the cost of utilities, including electricity, gas, and water, directly used in the production of the goods; the costs of quality control, including replacement of defective components pursuant to standard warranty policies, inspection directly allocable to the production of the goods, and repairs and maintenance of goods; and licensing or franchise costs, including fees incurred in securing the contractual right to use a trademark, corporate plan, manufacturing procedure, special recipe, or other similar right directly associated with the goods produced. Cost of goods sold does not include: any amounts excluded from revenue; officers' compensation; the cost of renting or leasing equipment, facilities, or real property that is not used for the production of the goods; selling costs, including employee expenses related to sales; distribution costs, including outbound transportation costs; advertising costs; idle facility expense; rehandling costs; bidding costs, which are the costs incurred in the solicitation of contracts ultimately awarded to the taxable entity; unsuccessful bidding costs, which are the costs incurred in the solicitation of contracts not awarded to the taxable entity; interest, including interest on debt incurred or continued during the production period to finance the production of the goods; income taxes, including local, state, federal, and foreign income taxes, and franchise taxes that are assessed on the taxable entity based on income; 14

strike expenses, including costs associated with hiring employees to replace striking personnel; however, costs of goods sold does include the wages of the replacement personnel, costs of security, and legal fees associated with settling strikes; and costs of operating a facility that is located on property owned or leased by the federal government and managed or operated primarily to house members of the armed forces of the United States. Note: A taxable entity renting motor vehicles, heavy construction equipment or railcar rolling stock may use cost of goods sold for costs related to the property rented. Lending institutions that make loans to the public may deduct interest expense as a cost of goods sold. A client company that contracts with a staff leasing services company may include in cost of goods sold payments to the staff leasing services company to the extent the payments relate to assigned employees that provide labor or services described as cost of goods sold in Tax Code Sec. 171.1012. Item 12. Indirect or administrative overhead costs A taxable entity may subtract, as part of cost of goods sold, indirect/administrative overhead costs, including all mixed service costs, such as security services, legal services, data processing services, accounting services, personnel operations, and general financial planning and financial management costs, that it can demonstrate are allocable to the acquisition or production of goods. This amount is limited to 4% of total indirect/administrative overhead costs. Any costs specifically excluded from the computation of cost of goods sold may not be included in this amount. Item 13. Other The only allowable amounts to be entered on this line are related to undocumented worker compensation and compensation of active duty personnel. These amounts will offset one another. The result can be either a negative (undocumented worker compensation) or a positive number (active duty personnel compensation). Undocumented Worker Compensation A taxable entity must exclude from cost of goods sold any wages and cash compensation paid to undocumented workers for the period upon which the tax is based. Undocumented worker means a person who is not lawfully entitled to be present and employed in the United States. Compensation of Active Duty Personnel A taxable entity may include, as an additional cost, the wages and cash compensation paid during the period upon which the report is based to an individual for the period the individual is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States if the individual is a resident of this state at the time the individual is ordered to active duty, plus the cost of training a replacement for the individual.

Item 15. Wages and cash compensation Wages and cash compensation means the following amounts paid to officers, directors, owners, partners and employees for the accounting period, limited to $300,000 per person, prorated for the period upon which the tax is based: Medicare wages and tips on Form W2; net distributive income reported to a natural person from a limited liability company treated as a sole proprietor for federal income tax purposes; net distributive income reported to natural persons from partnerships, trusts and limited liability companies treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes; net distributive income reported to natural persons from limited liability companies and corporations treated as S corporations for federal income tax purposes. stock awards and stock options deducted for federal income tax purposes. If an employee, officer, director, etc. is paid by more than one member of the combined group, that individual's compensation is capped at $300,000, per 12 month period upon which the tax is based. Net distributive income for the calculation of compensation is the amount of income, gain, deduction, and loss relating to a pass-through entity or disregarded entity reportable to the owner for the tax year of the entity regardless of whether an actual distribution was made. To compute Net Distributive Income from a partnership: From IRS Form 1065 K-1, add boxes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6a, 7, 8, 9a, 10 and 11. Subtract from that result the sum of boxes 12, 13 and 16, Code L (Foreign taxes). To compute Net Distributive Income from an S corporation: From IRS Form 1120S K-1, add boxes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 6, 7, 8a, 9 and 10. Subtract from that result the sum of boxes 11, 12 and 14, Code L (Foreign taxes). Wages and cash compensation DOES NOT include: payments to independent contractors on Form 1099s; amounts excluded from gross revenue; an employer's share of employment taxes; amounts paid to an employee whose primary employment is directly associated with the operation of a facility that is located on property owned or leased by the federal government and managed or operated primarily to house members of the armed forces of the United States. Note: A staff leasing services company may only include wages and cash compensation paid to the entity's own employees, and may not include wages, benefits, workers' compensation benefits or payroll taxes of assigned employees. A taxable entity that is a client company that contracts with a staff leasing services company may include amounts paid to the staff leasing services company relating to the assigned employees for wages as defined by Item

15 (Wages & Cash Compensation) and Item 17 (Other Compensation of Active Duty Personnel), and may include amounts paid for employee benefits including workers' compensation benefits, as defined by Item 16 (Employee Benefits). The client company may not include any administrative fee, payroll taxes or other amounts related to the assigned employees. Note: A management company may not include as wages or cash compensation any amounts reimbursed by a managed entity. A managed entity includes as compensation reimbursements made to the management company for wages and compensation as if the reimbursed amounts had been paid to employees of the managed entity. Item 16. Employee benefits Enter the cost of benefits provided to officers, directors, owners, partners and employees, including workers' compensation, health care and retirement benefits. The deduction for employee benefits is not limited to $300,000 per person but is only deductible to the extent deductible for federal income tax purposes. Item 17. Other The only allowable amounts to be entered on this line are related to undocumented worker compensation and compensation of active duty personnel. These amounts will offset one another. The result can be either a negative (undocumented worker compensation) or a positive number (active duty personnel compensation). Undocumented Worker Compensation A taxable entity must exclude from cost of goods sold any wages and cash compensation paid to undocumented workers for the period upon which the tax is based. Undocumented worker means a person who is not lawfully entitled to be present and employed in the United States. Compensation of Active Duty Personnel A taxable entity may include, as an additional cost, the wages and cash compensation paid during the period upon which the report is based to an individual for the period the individual is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States if the individual is a resident of this state at the time the individual is ordered to active duty, plus the cost of training a replacement for the individual.

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Item 19. Revenue Multiply item 10 times 70% Item 20. Revenue Item 10 minus Item 14 COGS Item 21. Revenue Item 10 minus Item 18 Compensation 15

Item 22. Margin Enter the lowest amount from Items 19, 20, or 21. Item 23. Gross receipts in Texas Texas gross receipts and gross receipts everywhere should be reported for the same accounting period used in the calculation of total revenue. Gross receipts means all revenues reportable by a taxable entity on its federal tax return, without deduction for the cost of goods sold, or other costs incurred, unless otherwise provided for by law. Gross receipts in Texas means: sales of tangible personal property when the property is delivered or shipped to a purchaser within Texas; sales of real property located in Texas, including royalties from oil, gas, or other mineral interests; services performed within Texas; rentals of property situated in Texas; royalties from use of patents or copyrights within Texas; revenues from the use of trademarks, franchises, or licenses within Texas. These revenues do not include receipts from the sale or license of computer software or programs, which are apportioned to the legal domicile of the payor; the net gain from the sales of investments or capital assets. If both Texas and out-of-state sales have occurred, then a separate calculation of net gains and losses on Texas sales must be made. If the combination of net gains and losses results in a net loss, the taxable entity should net the loss against other receipts, but not below zero. In no instance shall the apportionment factor be greater than 1. Net gain on sales of intangibles held as capital assets or investments is apportioned to the location of the payor. Examples of intangibles include, but are not limited to, stocks, bonds, commodities, futures contracts, patents, copyrights, licenses, trademarks, franchises, goodwill, and general receivable rights. membership or enrollment fees paid for access to benefits are considered gross receipts from the sale of an intangible asset and will be a Texas gross receipt if the payor is legally domiciled in Texas; receipts from the servicing of loans secured by real property are Texas gross receipts if the real property is located in Texas; and the pro rata share of net income from a passive entity if the passive entity's principal place of business is in Texas. Any item of revenue that is excluded from total revenue under Texas law or United States law is not included in Texas gross receipts or gross receipts everywhere. For example, a taxable entity should not include in Texas gross receipts: income excluded because of IRC Sections 78 or 951964; dividends and/or interest received from federal obligations; or dividends for which a deduction is allowed on Schedule C, Form 1120. In addition, a taxable entity that is a combined group should not include in Texas gross receipts any revenues generated 16

by a member of the group without nexus in Texas. However, Texas gross receipts will include certain sales of tangible personal property made to third party purchasers if the tangible personal property is ultimately delivered to a purchaser in Texas without substantial modification. For example, drop shipments made by a member of a combined group from a Texas location to a Texas purchaser would be included in Texas receipts based on the amount billed to the third party purchaser if the seller is also a member of the combined group and the seller does not have nexus. BANKING CORPORATIONS & SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATIONS - Dividends and interest received by a banking corporation or savings and loan association are Texas receipts if they are paid by a corporation incorporated in Texas or if they are paid by an entity or person legally domiciled in Texas. A banking corporation should exclude from its Texas receipts interest earned on federal funds and interest earned on securities sold under an agreement to repurchase that are held in a correspondent bank domiciled in Texas. Item 24. Gross receipts everywhere This amount should equal the amount reported in Item 10 unless the taxable entity is a health care provider, health care institution, law firm or security broker dealer. Any amounts excluded from total revenue in Item 10, must be excluded in computing gross receipts everywhere. Gross receipts everywhere include: all sales of tangible personal property; all rentals; all services; all royalties; all other business receipts; all dividends and interest; and the net gain from the sales of investments or capital assets. A capital asset is any asset, other than an investment, which is held for use in the production of income, and is subject to depreciation, depletion or amortization. An investment is any non-cash asset not a capital asset and not held as inventory or proceeds from the sale of inventory. Item 25. Apportionment factor If Texas gross receipts in item 23 are zero, enter zero. If Item 23 and Item 24 are the same and greater than zero, enter 1.0000. Otherwise, divide Item 23 by Item 24 and round to 4 places past the decimal. Item 26. Apportioned margin Multiply item 22 by Item 25. Item 27. Allowable deductions Each of the following deductions may be subtracted from apportioned margin: A taxable entity may deduct 10 percent of the amortized cost of a solar energy device if the device meets the

criteria in Sec. 171.107(b). The deduction may not reduce apportioned margin below zero, and no carryover of unused deductions is allowed. A taxable entity may deduct 10 percent of the amortized cost of equipment used in a clean coal project if the equipment meets the criteria in Sec. 171.108(b). The deduction may not reduce apportioned margin below zero, and no carryover of unused deductions is allowed. Item 28. Taxable margin Item 26 minus item 27. Item 29. Tax rate Enter the appropriate tax rate: .01 (1.0%) for most entities .005 (0.5%) for qualifying wholesalers and retailers (see Tax Rates, page 2) Note: If the SIC code on Form 05-158-A does not fall into Division F or G of the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, a 0.5% tax rate will be denied when the report is processed. Item 30. Tax due Item 28 multiplied by Item 29. Item 31. Tax credits Carry the amount of allowable tax credits forward from franchise tax Form 05-160. Item 32. Tax due before discount Item 30 minus Item 31. Item 33. Discount If the period upon which the tax is based is not equal to 12 months, the total revenue reported on Item 10 must be annualized. The annualized total revenue must be used to determine the discount percentage. If total revenue reported in item 10 is greater than $300,000 but less than $400,000, multiply item 32 times 0.80 (80%) and enter the result in item 33. If total revenue in item 10 is greater than or equal to $400,000 but less than $500,000, multiply item 32 times 0.60 (60%) and enter the result in item 33. If total revenue in item 10 is greater than or equal to $500,000 but less than $700,000, multiply item 32 times 0.40 (40%) and enter the result in item 33. If total revenue in item 10 is greater than or equal to $700,000 but less than $900,000, multiply item 32 times 0.20 (20%) and enter the result in item 33. Note: An upper tier entity reporting revenue from a lower tier entity is not eligible for a discount unless, before the attribution of any total revenue by a lower tier entity to the upper tier, the lower tier entity was eligible for that discount.

Item 34. Total tax due Item 32 minus item 33. If this amount is less than $1,000, or the annualized total revenue is $300,000 or less, you owe no tax, but you must submit this report along with the appropriate information report(s) (Form 05-102 and/or Form 05-167). If this amount is $1,000 or more, and the annualized total revenue is more than $300,000, please complete the franchise tax payment Form 05-170. Make the check payable to the Comptroller of Public Accounts. Submit both pages of this report (Forms 05-158-A and 05-158-B), the appropriate information report(s) (Form 05-102 and/or Form 05-167), the franchise tax payment form (Form 05-170) and your payment. Note: An upper tier entity reporting revenue from a lower tier entity is not eligible for the no tax due provision unless, before the attribution of any total revenue by a lower tier entity to an upper tier entity, the lower tier entity meets the criteria of this provision.

FORM 05-160 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX CREDITS SUMMARY SCHEDULE
A taxable entity that has carryforwards or installments from economic development credits must complete this form to take any of those carryforwards or installments. A taxable entity must also complete this form if it is taking either the temporary credit for business loss carryforwards or the 1992 temporary credit. PART A INVESTMENT CREDIT Item 1. Investment credit installment from prior years Total of amounts reported on Schedule J, Item 5 from the 2004 through 2007 franchise tax reports. If, in one of the five years in which the installment of an investment credit would be claimed, the capital investments are taken out of service, removed from Texas, or otherwise disposed of or the credit expires, the corporation may not take any remaining installment of the credit. Item 2. Investment credit carried forward from prior years Investment credit carried forward to this year from prior years. Enter the sum of the amounts from the 2007 franchise tax report as follows: Schedule J, Item 12 plus Schedule D, Item 12a minus Schedule D, Item 12b Item 3. Subtotal Add item 1 plus item 2 Item 4. Tax due before credits Enter the amount of tax due before credits as reported on Form 05-158-B, Item 30. 17

Item 5. Investment Credit Limit Item 4 multiplied by 0.50 (50%). Item 6. Investment Credit Available Enter the lower of Item 3 or Item 5. PART B JOBS CREATION CREDIT Item 7. Jobs creation credit carried forward from prior years Job creation credit carried forward to this year from prior years. Enter the sum of the amounts from the 2007 franchise tax report as follows: Schedule H, Item 13 plus Schedule D, Item 11a minus Schedule D, Item 11b Item 8. Tax due before credits Enter the amount of tax due before credits as reported on Form 05-158-B, item 30. Item 9. Jobs creation credit limit Item 8 multiplied by 0.50 (50%). Item 10. Jobs creation credit available Enter the lower of item 7 or item 9. PART C RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CREDIT Item 11. Research credit carried forward from prior years Research credit carried forward to this year from prior years. Enter the sum of the amounts from the 2007 franchise tax report as follows: Schedule F, Item 20 or Schedule G, Item 27 plus Schedule D, Item 10a minus Schedule D, Item 10b Item 12. Tax due before credits Enter the amount of tax due before credits as reported on Form 05-158-B, item 30. Item 13. Research credit limit Item 12 multiplied by 0.50 (50%). Item 14. Research credit available Enter the lower of Item 11 or Item 13. PART D TEMPORARY CREDITS Item 15. Temporary credit for business loss carryforwards Each qualifying taxable entity should have preserved their right to take this credit by filing Form 05-172, Texas Franchise Tax Preservation of Temporary Credit. Enter the result of the following calculation in item 15: preserved amount of business loss carryforwards (item 2 of Form 05-172 filed in 2008) multiplied by 0.0225 (2.25%) 18

multiplied by 0.045 (4.5%) If the taxable entity is a combined group, each qualifying member of the group should have made a separate preservation of the business loss carryforwards. Use the cumulative amount of the preserved business loss carryforwards in the calculation of the credit. Item 16. 1992 Temporary credit This credit is only available to corporations that preserved their right in writing to take the credit by March 2, 1992. If the credit has been taken on any previous reports or will be taken on this report, the corporation must pay the additional tax in item 17. This credit expires for all eligible entities in 2012. The credit is computed as follows: determine the amount, as of the end of the corporation's accounting year ending in 1991, that is the excess of the basis used for financial accounting purposes over the basis used for federal income tax purposes of qualifying assets and liabilities that at some future date will reverse (use this amount every year the credit is taken); multiply this amount by the apportionment factor entered in Item 18 of the corporation's 1992 franchise tax report (use this apportionment factor every year the credit is taken); multiply this amount by 5.0% (0.05) per privilege period; multiply this amount by 4.5% (0.045) Item 17. 1992 Additional tax due If the corporation has elected to take the 1992 temporary credit on this or previous reports, then an additional tax due must be calculated by multiplying the taxable entity's taxable capital by 0.002 (0.2%) or this credit will be revoked for the current and future reports. The taxable entity's taxable capital is computed by adding together the entity's stated capital and surplus as those terms are defined in franchise tax rules 3.550 (Taxable Capital: Stated Capital) and 3.551 (Taxable Capital: Surplus). If taxable capital is zero or less, then no additional tax is due and the temporary credit may still be taken to reduce tax due on net taxable margin. Item 18. Total temporary credits Add items 15 and 16, then subtract 17. PART E CREDITS CLAIMED The total credits claimed cannot reduce the total tax due below zero; therefore, you may need to allocate the credits claimed in Items 19 through 21 so that the tax due will equal zero. Item 19. Investment credit claimed Cannot be greater than the amount entered on item 6. Item 20. Jobs creation credit claimed Cannot be greater than the amount entered on item 10. Item 21. Research credit claimed Cannot be greater than the amount entered on item 14.

Item 22. Other Credit amounts reported by banks for tax erroneously paid on reports originally due prior to January 1, 1992. Note: Credits for extension payments or prior payments should not be entered in this item. Enter extension payments on franchise tax Form 05-170, Item 2. Item 23. Total credits claimed Add items 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22. Enter this amount on item 31 of the franchise tax report Form 05-158-B.

FORM 05-163 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX NO TAX DUE INFORMATION REPORT
Filing Requirements: A taxable entity, other than a combined group, that meets at least one of the criteria set out in Items 1 through 3 qualifies to file a no tax due information report. Note: Blackening the circle in Item 4 does not entitle you to file Form 05-163. Upper tier entities, when a tiered partnership election has been made, will not qualify to file a no tax due information report if the lower tier entity would not have qualified to file a no tax due information report before the attribution of revenue to the upper tier. Election A taxable entity is required to elect a method to compute its margin for each reporting period. Blacken the box that indicates how this taxable entity computed its margin. Cost of Goods Sold total revenue minus allowable costs that make up an amount called cost of goods sold. Compensation total revenue minus the allowable compensation deduction. 70% of Revenue total revenue multiplied by 0.70 (70%) The election to deduct COGS or compensation must be made by the due date of the franchise tax report, the extended due date or the date the report is filed, whichever is latest. The election to use COGS or compensation is made by blackening the appropriate circle. This is an annual election and is effective for the entire period upon which the tax is based and may not be changed by filing an amended report after the due date. If an election is not made, the taxable entity's margin will be calculated using 70% of total revenue. Criteria to determine eligibility for this report Blacken all circles that apply. Item 1. Is this a passive entity as defined in chapter 171 of the Texas Tax Code? Partnerships (general, limited, and limited liability) and trusts (other than business trusts) may qualify as a passive entity and not owe any franchise tax for a reporting period if at least 90 percent of the entity's federal gross income, for the

period upon which the tax is based, is from the following sources: dividends, interest, foreign currency exchange gain, periodic and nonperiodic payments with respect to notional principal contracts, option premiums, cash settlements or termination payments with respect to a financial instrument, and income from a limited liability company; distributive shares of partnership income to the extent that those distributive shares of income are greater than zero; net capital gains from the sale of real property, net gains from the sale of commodities traded on a commodities exchange, and net gains from the sale of securities; and royalties from mineral properties, bonuses from mineral properties, delay rental income from mineral properties and income from other nonoperating mineral interests including nonoperating working interests. Passive income does not include rent or income received by a nonoperator from mineral properties under a joint operating agreement, if the nonoperator is a member of an affiliated group and another member of that group is the operator under the same joint operating agreement. An entity is considered to be conducting an active trade or business if the activities of the taxable entity include one or more active operations that form a part of the process of earning income or profit and the entity performs active management and operational functions. An entity conducts an active trade or business if assets (patents, trademarks, or other intangible assets) held by the entity are used in the active trade or business of a related entity. Item 2. Does this entity have $300,000 or less in Total Revenue? If total revenue (annualized per 12 month period upon which the report is based) is less than or equal to $300,000, the entity qualifies to file the No Tax Due Information Report. For information on computing total revenue see instructions for Items 1 10 of Form 05-158-A. (page 10) Item 3. Does this entity have zero Texas gross receipts? The apportionment factor of an entity with zero Texas gross receipts would be zero, which results in no tax being due. For more information on the computation of Texas gross receipts, see the instructions for Item 23 of Form 05-158-B. (page 15) Item 4. Did you use the 2008 Temporary Credit for Business Loss Carryforwards? In order to claim the 2008 temporary credit for business loss carryforwards, please complete Forms 05-158-A and 05-158-B, instead of Form 05-163. Item 5a. Accounting year begin date See the accounting period beginning and ending date requirements in the annual, initial and/or final report sections. 19

Item 5b. Accounting year end date See the accounting period ending date requirements in the annual, initial and/or final report sections. Item 6. Total Revenue Enter the amount of total revenue using the instructions for items 1-10 of Form 05-158-A. (page 10)

Item 1. Blacken this circle if you will be using your 2008 Temporary Credit for Business Loss Carryforward for the report year for which you are requesting this extension. Texas Tax Code Section 171.111(a) (text of section effective on January 1, 2008) requires that a taxable entity elect to claim this credit on or before the original due date of any report due after January 1, 2008. Item 2. Blacken this circle if you will begin using your 1992 Temporary Credit for the report year for which you are requesting this extension. Texas Tax Code Section 171.111(a) (text of section effective until January 1, 2008) requires that a taxable entity elect to claim this credit on or before the original due date of any report due after January 1, 1992. Item 3. Extension Payment Enter the amount submitted with this request. Combined Report Extensions If the extension request is being made on behalf of a combined group, the reporting entity must also submit Form 05-165, Texas Franchise Tax Extension Affiliate List. If the taxable entity is a combined group, the 100 percent payment option is only available to the entity if all members of the group filed Texas franchise tax reports in the previous year. See franchise tax rule 3.595 (Margin: Transition).

FORM 05-164 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX EXTENSION REQUEST
Filing Requirements: Any entity (including a combined group) that cannot file its annual, initial or final report by the original due date may request an extension of time to file on or before the due date. An extension for an annual, non-EFT filer will be through November 15, 2008. When submitting the extension request, the taxable entity must remit at least 90 percent of the tax that will be due with this year's report or 100 percent of the tax reported as due for the previous calendar year (provided that the report due in the previous calendar year was filed on or before May 14, 2008) in order for the extension to be granted. Note: Newly taxable entities and combined groups that include newly taxable entities or no-nexus members are not eligible for the 100% extension option. INITIAL AND FINAL REPORTS:
A taxable entity may request a 45 day extension and must
remit with the extension request at least 90 percent of the
tax that will be due with the initial or final report.
ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER:
The conditions for requiring a taxable entity to pay via
electronic funds transfer (EFT) are outlined in Rule 3.9
concerning electronic filing and electronic funds transfers.
In order to extend the due date of the report from May 15 to
August 15, a taxable entity that is required to pay by EFT must
file a request for an extension on or before May 15, 2008 and
remit at least 90 percent of the amount of tax that will be due
with this year's report or 100 percent of the tax reported as
due for the previous calendar year on the report due in the
previous calendar year. If the taxable entity elects to pay 100
percent of the tax reported as due for the previous calendar
year, the previous year's report must be filed on or before May
14, 2008 in order for the extension to be granted.
A taxable entity that must pay by EFT may request an
additional extension to November 15, 2008 to file the report
by filing a second extension request on or before August
15, 2008 and remitting the balance of the amount of tax
that will be reported on November 15, 2008.
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FORM 05-165 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX EXTENSION AFFILIATE LIST
Filing Requirements: A reporting entity filing an extension request on behalf of a combined group, must file the extension affiliate list along with the extension request Form 05-164. The filing of this list by itself does not constitute a valid extension. Attach as many forms as necessary to report all members of the combined group. Column 1 Legal name of affiliate Enter the legal name of each affiliate in the combined group. Affiliates can be any type of taxable entity including corporations, LLCs, partnerships (general, limited and limited liability), business trusts, professional associations, etc. Column 2 Affiliate's Texas Taxpayer Number Enter the assigned Texas taxpayer identification (ID) number of the affiliate. If the affiliate does not have a Texas ID number, enter the affiliate's federal employer identification number (FEIN). Column 3 - Blacken this circle if affiliate does not have nexus in Texas Blacken the circle as appropriate for each member of the affiliated group.

FORM 05-166 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX AFFILIATE SCHEDULE
Filing Requirements: A reporting entity filing a combined report on behalf of an affiliated group engaged in a unitary business must complete the required information for each member of the group, including the reporting entity. Attach as many forms as necessary to report the required information for each member of the group. If a combined group elects to report its franchise tax using the E-Z Computation, the reporting entity is required to provide the requested information for each member of the combined group on this form (Form 05-166). Item 2. Affiliate taxpayer number Enter the taxpayer identification number that has been assigned to the affiliated entity by the Comptroller's office. If the affiliate does not have an assigned number, enter the affiliate's federal employer identification (FEI) number. Item 3. Affiliate NAICS code Enter the code that is appropriate for the affiliate. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes can be found at www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html. Item 7. Affiliate reporting end date Enter the ending date of the affiliate's accounting period that will be included in the combined report. This date may be different than the accounting period of the reporting entity.

Item 5. Blacken this circle if this affiliate does not have nexus in Texas If the affiliate is a taxable entity that is not a disregarded entity, blacken this circle if the affiliate does not have nexus (i.e. physical presence) in Texas. Item 4. Blacken this circle if this is a disregarded entity If this affiliate is a disregarded entity, the reporting entity may blacken this circle. Blackening this circle means that the disregarded entity will not unwind its operations from its "parent" entity and both entities will be presumed to have nexus in Texas.

Item 6. Affiliate reporting begin date Enter the beginning date of the affiliate's accounting period that will be included in the combined report. This date may be different than the accounting period of the reporting entity.

Item 8. Gross receipts subject to throwback in other states Texas Tax Code Section 171.103(c) requires that Texas gross receipts subject to throwback provisions in other states be reported for each member of an affiliated group. This means that if an affiliate makes a sale of tangible personal property to a purchaser in Texas and those receipts are subject to the throwback provisions of any other state, that sale should be included in this computation. Note: Texas throwback provisions have been repealed.

Item 9. Gross receipts everywhere See the instruction for gross receipts everywhere on Form 05-158-B, item 24. All affiliates, even those with no nexus, must report gross receipts everywhere.

Item 10. Gross receipts in Texas See the instruction for gross receipts in Texas on Form 05-158-B, item 23. This amount must be completed for all affiliates, even those with no nexus.

Item 11. Cost of goods sold or compensation The reporting entity will make an election on behalf of the combined group to compute margin using one of the following three calculations: 70 percent of total revenue Total revenue minus cost of goods sold Total revenue minus compensation If the reporting entity elects the cost of goods sold or compensation method, enter the applicable amount for each affiliate. 21

FORM 05-167 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX OWNERSHIP INFORMATION REPORT
Filing Requirements: The Ownership Information Report (OIR) is to be filed by each taxable entity that is not a corporation or a limited liability company. The OIR is due on the date the franchise tax report is due and must be completed and signed by a partner, member, owner, or other authorized person of the taxable entity. A separate OIR is to be filed by each taxable entity that files a separate franchise tax report or that is part of a combined group (unless the taxable entity does not have nexus in Texas). Even if the franchise tax report is filed and all taxes paid, the entity's right to transact business may be forfeited for failure to file the completed, signed OIR. The effects of forfeiture may include the denial of the taxable entity's right to sue or defend in a Texas court, and each partner, member, or owner may become personally liable for certain debts of the entity. (Tex. Tax Code Secs. 171.251, 171.252 and 171.255) Changes to the registered agent or registered office must be filed directly with the Secretary of State, and cannot be made on this form. The changes can be made online or on forms downloaded from their Web site at www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_option.shtml. Section A: Report the name, title, and mailing address of each general partner and each person or entity that owns an interest of ten percent or more of the taxable entity as of the date that the report is filed. Section B: Complete this section as applicable. Changes that occur after the report is filed should be reported to the Comptroller on the next OIR the entity is required to file. The Comptroller will not accept changes during the year, except as noted below. An individual whose name was included on the report but who was not associated with the entity on the date the report was filed, may file a sworn statement to that effect with the Comptroller. An entity that made an error on its OIR may file an amended OIR with a cover letter explaining the error.

FORM 05-169 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX E-Z COMPUTATION REPORT
Filing Requirements: Any entity (including a combined group) that has total revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) of $10 million or less is eligible to use the E-Z computation to report their franchise tax. Upper tier entities, when a tiered partnership election has been made, will qualify for the E-Z computation only if the lower tier entity would have qualified for the E-Z computation before the attribution of revenue to the upper tier. Taxable entities that elect this method to file are not eligible to take any economic development or temporary credits. In addition, they may not carryover an unused credit for business loss carryforwards to a future period. If a combined group elects to use the E-Z Computation method to report its franchise tax, the reporting entity is required to provide the requested information on Form 05-166 (Texas Franchise Tax Affiliate Schedule) for each member of the combined group. Item 1. Gross receipts or sales See instructions for Item 1 on Form 05-158-A. (page 10) Item 2. Dividends See instructions for Item 2 on Form 05-158-A. (page 11) Item 3. Interest See instructions for Item 3 on Form 05-158-A. (page 11) Item 4. Rents See instructions for Item 4 on Form 05-158-A. (page 11) Item 5. Royalties See instructions for Item 5 on Form 05-158-A. (page 11) Item 6. Gains/losses See instructions for Item 6 on Form 05-158-A. (page 11) Item 7. Other income See instructions for Item 7 on Form 05-158-A. (page 12) Item 8. Total gross revenue See instructions for Item 8 on Form 05-158-A. (page 12) Item 9. Deductions from gross revenue See instructions for Item 9 on Form 05-158-A. (page 12) Item 10. Total Revenue See instructions for Item 10 on Form 05-158-A. (page 13) Item 11. Gross receipts in Texas See instructions for Item 23 on Form 05-158-B. (page 16) Item 12. Gross receipts everywhere See instructions for Item 24 on Form 05-158-B. (page 16)

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Item 13. Apportionment factor See instructions for Item 25 on Form 05-158-B. (page 16) Item 14. Apportioned revenue Multiply item 10 by item 13. Item 15. Tax due before discount Multiply item 14 by .00575 (.575%). Item 16. Discount If the period upon which the tax is based is not equal to 12 months, the total revenue reported on Item 10 must be annualized. The annualized total revenue must be used to determine the discount percentage. If total revenue reported in item 10 is greater than $300,000 but less than $400,000, multiply item 15 by 0.80 (80%) and enter the result in item 16. If total revenue in item 10 is greater than or equal to $400,000 but less than $500,000, multiply item 15 by 0.60 (60%) and enter the result in item 16. If total revenue in item 10 is greater than or equal to $500,000 but less than $700,000, multiply item 15 by 0.40 (40%) and enter the result in item 16. If total revenue in item 10 is greater than or equal to $700,000 but less than $900,000, multiply item 15 by 0.20 (20%) and enter the result in item 16. Note: An upper tier entity reporting revenue from a lower tier entity is not eligible for a discount unless, before the attribution of any total revenue by a lower tier entity to the upper tier, the lower tier entity was eligible for that discount. Item 17. Total tax due Item 15 minus item 16. If this amount is less than $1,000, or the annualized total revenue is $300,000 or less, you owe no tax, but you must submit this report along with the appropriate information report(s) (Form 05-102 and/or Form 05-167). Note: An upper tier entity reporting revenue from a lower tier entity is not eligible for the no tax due provision unless, before the attribution of any total revenue by a lower tier entity to an upper tier entity, the lower tier entity meets the criteria of this provision. If this amount is $1,000 or more, and the annualized total revenue is more than $300,000, please complete the franchise tax payment Form 05-170. Make the check payable to the Comptroller of Public Accounts. Submit this report, the appropriate information report(s) (Form 05-102 and/or Form 05-167), the franchise tax payment form (Form 05-170) and your payment.

FORM 05-170 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX PAYMENT FORM
Filing requirements: Any taxable entity that owes any amount of franchise tax where the tax was not remitted electronically is required to submit the payment form with a check or money order made payable to the Comptroller of Public Accounts. Please put the taxpayer (reporting entity) identification number and the report year on the check. Item 1. Total tax due on this report Enter the amount of tax due as reflected on: Form 05-158-B, item 34, or Form 05-169, item 17 Item 2. Enter prior payment Enter prior payments, such as an extension payment. Item 3. Net tax due Item 1 minus item 2 Item 4. Penalty If the taxable entity did not file an extension request on or before the due date, and the franchise tax report and payment are not postmarked on or before the due date, then a penalty of five percent of the tax reported as due will be assessed (multiply Item 3 by 0.05). If the report and payment are more than 30 days delinquent, an additional five percent penalty will be assessed. For the initial and final franchise tax report, if the timely extension payment is not at least 90 percent of the tax that will be due, then penalty will apply to any tax not paid by the original due date. If there is a valid extension for an annual report, and the extension payment was not at least 100 percent of the tax reported as due for the previous calendar year (on the report due in 2007, filed on or before May 14, 2008) or 90 percent of the tax that will be due with the 2008 annual report, then penalty will apply to any part of the 90 percent not paid on or before May 15, 2008, and any part of the 10 percent not paid on or before November 15, 2008. For taxable entities required to pay their franchise tax by electronic funds transfer (EFT), see Rule 3.585 for penalty calculations. Item 5. Interest If any amount of the required payment is not made within 60 days of the original or extended due date, interest will be assessed beginning on the 61st day. The interest rate for the 2008 report is 8.25 percent (.0825). For more information on interest calculations see www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/ int_rate.html.

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FORM 05-175 TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX TIERED PARTNERSHIP REPORT
Filing requirements: This form must be completed by all entities (upper and lower) involved in a tiered partnership election under Texas Tax Code Section 171.1015. Lower Tier Entities:
If the entity filing this report is a lower tier entity, then enter
the requested information below for each upper tier entity
to which revenue was passed.
Item 1. Enter the taxpayer number or FEIN of the upper tier entity to which the revenue was passed. Item 2. Enter the amount of revenue excluded by the lower tier entity that was passed to the upper tier. Item 3. Enter the legal name and address of the upper tier entity to which the revenue was passed. Item 4. Enter the state of formation of the upper tier entity. Item 5. Leave blank Item 6. Blacken this circle. Upper Tier Entities:
If the entity filing this report is an upper tier entity, then enter
the requested information below for each lower tier entity
that revenue was passed from.
Item 1. Enter the taxpayer number or FEIN of the lower tier entity from which the revenue was passed. Item 2. Enter the amount of revenue included by the upper tier entity that was passed from the lower tier. Item 3. Enter the legal name and address of the lower tier entity from which revenue was passed. Item 4. Enter the state of formation of the lower tier entity. Item 5. Blacken this circle. Item 6. Leave blank. Note: An upper tier entity may also be a lower tier entity if there are multiple tiers. If this is true for the upper tier entity filing this report, then complete both upper and lower tier information as requested above.

For additional information on all instructions in this booklet, refer to the following franchise tax rules: 3.581 Margin: Taxable and Nontaxable Entities 3.582 Margin: Passive Entities 3.583 Margin: Exemptions 3.584 Margin: Reports and Payments 3.585 Margin: Annual Report Extensions 3.586 Margin: Nexus 3.587 Margin: Total Revenue 3.588 Margin: Cost of Goods Sold 3.589 Margin: Compensation 3.590 Margin: Combined Reporting 3.591 Margin: Apportionment 3.592 Margin: Additional Tax 3.593 Margin: Franchise Tax Credit 3.594 Margin: Temporary Credit for Business Loss Carryforwards 3.595 Margin: Transition All of these rules can be viewed on the Comptroller's Web site at www.window.state.tx.us.

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