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Texas Supreme Court Declines to Rehear Insurance Tax Case

By: Joseph Bishop-Henchman

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court denied rehearing in the First American Title Ins. Co. case. The TaxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. Foundation had filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the petition for rehearing, following a 5-4 decision by the court to uphold a decision by the state Comptroller to increase taxes on out-of-state insurance companies, disrupting the interstate retaliatory tax system in place for the last two decades.

The arguments in our brief will most certainly come up again when other states begin to follow Texas’s move of discriminating against out-of-state companies.