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Taxes and Revenue: Where the Money Comes From

Where does Texas find the money to fund the things we all use — from our state agencies and public schools to police and fire departments, state universities, libraries, highway projects and much, much more?

Money comes into the state from a number of sources. The Texas Comptroller's office collects more than 60 separate taxes, fees and assessments, including local sales taxes collected on behalf of more than 1,400 cities, counties and other local governments around the state.

Use the tools and information in this section to explore the state's revenue streams.

State Revenue by Category

Our state revenue search tool provides access to state revenue data by fiscal year for a number of major state agencies.

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State Revenue by Tax

Download quarterly spreadsheets containing the amounts of revenue remitted from each Texas municipality and county for taxes whose location information is available from tax returns. More…

Monthly State Revenue Watch

A monthly snapshot of state revenue collections is shown by month of collection and type of revenue source. You can also download data dating back to fiscal 2007. More…

Quarterly State Sales and Use Tax Analysis

State Sales and Use Tax is imposed on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods, as well as many services. Get a breakdown of sales and use taxes collected by industry and area of the state. More…

Top 10 Texas Tax Collection Categories by Major Tax, 2012

  1. Sales Tax:
    $24,191,241
  2. Franchise Tax:
    $4,564,731
  3. Motor Vehicle Sales Tax:
    $3,559,231
  4. Motor Fuel Tax:
    $3,169,240
  5. Oil Production Tax:
    $2,103,268
  6. Natural Gas Production Tax:
    $1,534,630
  7. Insurance Tax:
    $1,496,251
  8. Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes:
    $1,428,103
  9. Alcoholic Beverages Tax:
    $929,700
  10. Utility Taxes:
    $450,907