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Sec. 151.3186.

Sec. 151.3186. PROPERTY USED IN CABLE TELEVISION, INTERNET ACCESS, OR TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.

(a) In this section, “provider” means a provider of cable television service, Internet access service, or telecommunications services.

(b) A provider is entitled to a refund of the tax imposed by this chapter on the sale, lease, or rental or storage, use, or other consumption of tangible personal property if:

(1) the property is sold, leased, or rented to or stored, used, or consumed by a provider or a subsidiary of a provider; and

(2) the property is directly used or consumed by the provider or subsidiary described by Subdivision (1) in or during:

(A) the distribution of cable television service;

(B) the provision of Internet access service; or

(C) the transmission, conveyance, routing, or reception of telecommunications services.

(c) Notwithstanding Subsection (b), property directly used or consumed in or during the provision, creation, or production of a data processing service or information service is not eligible for a refund under this section.

(d) The amount of the refund to which a provider or subsidiary, as described by Subsection (b)(1), is entitled under this section for a calendar year is equal to:

(1) the amount of the tax paid by the provider or subsidiary during the calendar year on property eligible for a refund under this section, if the total amount of tax paid by all providers and subsidiaries described by Subsection (b)(1) that are eligible for a refund under this section is not more than $50 million for the calendar year; or

(2) a pro rata share of $50 million, if the total amount of tax paid by all providers and subsidiaries described by Subsection (b)(1) that are eligible for a refund under this section is more than $50 million for the calendar year.

(e) The refund provided by this section does not apply to the taxes imposed under Subtitle C, Title 3.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1272 (H.B. 1133), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

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