IMPORTANT TEXAS NEWS EFFECTING YOUR BUSINESS!
On July 1, the Texas Register included a proposed rule from the Dept of State Health Services that all aborted fetuses must be buried or cremated. Until these rules changes were posted, there was no hint that this was being proposed. The rule is set to take effect on September 1, 2016. The Legislative Committee discussed this issue at the August 9 meeting. Our Legislative Chair, Policy Board Representative and Lobbyist were scheduled to meet with the Governor's office about how these changes will effect funeral homes and crematories. DSHS Rules
There is a possibility that the Texas Funeral Service Commission will come up for Sunset Review in 2017, but definitely by 2019. In preparation for the Sunset Review and to lay out the funeral service rules in a more understandable format (eliminate contradictory or duplication of rules). Attached is a proposed bill that TFDA will be lobbying to get passed in the 2017 legislative session.
The Attorney General has announced a financial increase for victims of violent crime including for use for funeral and burial expenses. On the negative side, the attorney general has also ruled that counties do not have to pay for transport to and from a medical examiner if they require an autopsy. In other words, they will pay to transport to the ME, but not back to the funeral home. This means the funeral home or family must bear the expense. Crime Victims Info
SALES TAX ISSUES!
Since oil prices have dropped, the State Comptroller's office is out auditing funeral homes again for Sales Taxes. If you purchase items from other states that do not charge you Texas Sales Tax, you must pay these taxes on your own. If you contract with someone (example - cleaning service) that does not charge you sales tax, you should either pay it yourself or ask them to charge you. Even if you do not have a Sales Tax number and do not sell any products that require you to collect sales tax, you should be filing a form with the State Comptroller. The form is posted under helpful forms on our website, but we are attaching it here for your convenience.
WHO REPRESENTS ME?
Also discussed at the Legislative meeting at Leadership was to encourage you to develop a relationship with your local representatives. It is very important when we are talking to representatives at the State Capitol to refer them to their constituents. If you do not know who represents you, go to this link and enter your address . Go visit them in their district offices. Also, we discussed gathering information from our members if they already have a relationship with a representative. Please fill in the attached form and send it back to the TFDA office. Fax (512) 443-3559 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Write a personal or non-corporate company check to TFDA PAC and mail to the TFDA office.
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