Membership

TTARA Statement on Fiscal and Tax Policy

TTARA and its affiliate, the TTARA Research Foundation, have been active participants in shaping Texas fiscal policy for nearly 50 years. Our mission is to provide a strong voice in the legislative and executive offices of state government for those Texans who believe in fiscal responsibility and economy in government. We carry out that mission by providing timely and useful information about developments in state government, research and analysis on the effects and implications of those developments, and a respected voice in conveying the views of our membership to legislative and executive policymakers.

TTARA is a membership organization made up of businesses, associations and individuals from all parts of Texas and from every type of industry and size of company. TTARA provides our members with regular reporting and analysis of significant fiscal developments in newsletters, on the Internet (http://www.ttara.org), and in other publications that are both informative and easy to read. For members that want to take a more active role in understanding and shaping policies, we provide regular briefings and meetings to discuss specific issues. During legislative sessions, TTARA prepares detailed analyses of all significant tax legislation and most other legislation that affects state fiscal policy. When the Legislature is not in session, our staff continues working with our membership and government officials on the development of rules to implement legislation and on ways to improve administrative procedures.

TTARA's staff is regarded as the very best source for business taxpayers who need to follow Texas developments. The experience of our staff is unmatched and leading us to better understand the issues government officials are dealing with, and the way those issues affect businesses in Texas. Because we have a large and diverse membership, we are able to help find ways to prevent problems from developing before they cost our members large sums of money.

The services TTARA provides are inexpensive compared to the much larger cost of inappropriate or uninformed governmental actions. Whether a prospective member is interested in merely receiving the information we provide in our newsletters, keeping up with activities as they occur through our electronic services, or taking part face-to-face in our interest groups, there is a place for them in TTARA. We all know that it is cheaper to prevent problems from developing than it is to fix them after the fact. TTARA provides a unique resource to prevent problems. We hope you will choose to work with us to affect the major fiscal issues ahead.

Membership Benefits:

--Access to the members only section of TTARA's website, including analyses of key fiscal legislation, tax updates, handouts from meetings and webcasts, and other critical documents.

--Quarterly live webcasts (monthly, when the legislature is in session) focusing on breaking tax developments (recordings of the webcasts are also available on the website)

--Newsletters and special reports

--Emails:

  • Daily morning news clips with direct links to the day's top media stories on fiscal issues
  • As needed "Updates from the Tax Front," that focus on breaking tax, budget, and school finance developments in the legislative, executive, and judicial arena.

--Meetings in Austin:

  • Legislative Committee: reviews key legislative proposals when lawmakers are in session (extremely helpful for those involved in governmental affairs)
  • State Tax Committee: reviews legislation and recent changes to sales, franchise, and other state taxes (extremely helpful to consultants and tax practitioners)
  • Property Tax Committee: reviews legislation and recent changes to property tax and school finance law (extremely helpful to consultants and tax practitioners)
  • TTARA Annual Meeting: our fall gathering with the state's top fiscal leaders (continuing education credit offered)
  • Golf Tournament: our special opportunity each spring to commune with fellow tax experts in a relaxed setting

TTARA Statement on Fiscal and Tax Policy

For more information please contact us at membership@ttara.org or at 512-472-8838.