Welcome To Comanche Electric Cooperative
Comanche Electric Cooperative is a rural, locally owned and operated not-for profit electric distribution utility serving the counties of Brown, Callahan, Comanche, Eastland, Mills, Shackelford and Stephens.
Attention Members with Ag/Timber Exemptions
Since January1, 2012, a person claiming a sales tax exemption on electricity used in the production of agricultural or timber products is required under Texas law to have a Texas Agricultural and Timber Exemption Registration Number (Ag/Timber Number).
Ag/Timber Numbers must be renewed by December 31, 2015. If a person does not provide a renewed exemption certificate by the deadline, CECA will be required to charge them sales tax beginning January 1, 2016.
The Comptroller’s office began mailing letters for Ag/Timber renewals starting around October 1, 2015. They will be mailed in batches over a two or three week period.
Options for renewals will include: (1) Online renewal (fastest option); (2) Over the phone renewal (second fastest); or (3) Renewal by mail (slowest). If a person renews online they will receive a confirmation number immediately. If they renew by phone, they will receive a confirmation letter by mail in 5-7 days. Processing time for renewing by mail could take a few weeks.
Those seeking a renewal can visit comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/agriculture/get_ready_texas.html for more information. The site also features a list of exempt and nonexempt items for clarification.
An exemption certificate may serve as a blanket exemption certificate covering all of a person’s qualifying purchases. Therefore, only one certificate is required from a person for all meters that qualify for a sales tax exemption.
Changes to the exemption certificate include:
• A confirmation letter can no longer be used to claim the exemption.
• The exemption certificate will be changed to include an expiration date.
• All new numbers will expire on December 31, 2019.
• Electric cooperatives and other retailers will have to obtain new exemption certificates from the person claiming the exemption.
The person claiming the exemption can be held responsible for misusing an Ag/Timber Number or exemption certificate. The Comptroller has the right to conduct audits on those purchases.
Questions regarding Ag/Timber registration numbers may be directed to the TEC GR Department.
FREE TRIP TO WASHINGTON D.C.!
Do you know of a student, Sophomore through Senior, who would enjoy a free trip to Washington D.C.? CECA will be sending two students on an all-expense paid trip in June of this year. For details check out the Government In Action Youth Tour under the Youth Programs panel on this website. Or contact CECA's Member Service Department at 800-915-2533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CECA.coop to view a video of last year's highlights!
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