Why do I have to pay taxes for Texas tree services?

Many people wonder why they are getting what they may feel is an extra charge on their invoices when they work with us. We guarantee that we are not misquoting you for our services. We must charge you taxes. The state of Texas requires it.

According to the comptroller’s office, if you do landscaping or lawn or plant (or tree) care, you should be collecting sales and use taxes. This includes any work the company does to improve lawns, yards and ornamental plants and trees. The tax should be collected on the total charge for these services. This is often why we cannot include the total tax in your estimate. It’s not known until the work is completed. We want you to be aware that all of our estimates are for the work done, not for the tax you can expect to pay. That way there is no confusion when you get your bill from Austin Tree Service.

Taxable services include most of what we do. They are:

  • Planting, transplanting, relocating and removing indoor or outdoor plants
  • Identifying, preventing or curing plant diseases
  • Pruning, bracing, spraying, fertilizing and watering plants
  • Planting, mowing, trimming and edging grass or other ground cover
  • Planting and maintaining flower gardens
  • Trimming, spraying, and maintaining trees

The state of Texas requires that we clearly delineate the services we perform and provide documentation if necessary to show whether it is taxable or not. As you can see, pretty much everything that we do is taxable in the state of Texas. While it’s true that some states don’t charge taxes for tree care, Texas is not one of them. All of our service area is in Austin and the surrounding areas which is clearly a part of Texas whether we like it or not (just kidding). Therefore, it’s subject to Texas state tax.

If you ever have questions on your bill, we encourage you to contact us. We just don’t want you to be surprised if you see an extra charge on your bill for taxes. We must charge them and pay them to the state. It’s the law.

We thank you for your understanding and want to ensure your customer satisfaction. We are an honest and reputable company with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can trust us to do your work professionally and responsibly. If you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 512-341-8888.

Thank you.