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Business Information for Veterans

Exemptions from certain filing fees and the Texas franchise tax per Senate Bill 1049 (PDF), 84th Legislature, are no longer available for veteran-owned business formations filed after January 1, 2020. These exemptions apply to veteran-owned businesses formed in Texas between January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2020, and are effective until the fifth anniversary of the business's formation; or the date the taxable entity ceases to qualify as a new veteran-owned business.

Information for Persons Who Have Formed a Veteran-Owned Business from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2020

If you have a veteran-owned business that was formed from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2020 and you did not submit the Verification of Veteran’s Honorable Discharge (PDF) and Certification of New Veteran-Owned Business, you may submit those forms under separate cover. Please include a cover letter with your name and contact information and the entity name and file number. Once received, if documents meet the requirements for qualification as a Veteran-Owned Business, a refund will be issued for the filing fees and the associated entity will be identified in the secretary of state records as a Veteran-Owned Business.

Other Considerations

Entity Names:

An entity's name that reasonably implies that the entity is created by or for the benefit of war veterans or their families cannot include the words "veteran," "legion," "foreign," "Spanish," "disabled," "war," "world war", or abbreviations thereof, without written permission from a congressionally-recognized veterans organization with a name containing the same word or phrase, or variation or abbreviation. If such a veterans organization does not exist, then consent must be obtained from the state commander of the: American Legion, Disabled American Veterans of the World War, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, United Spanish War Veterans, or Veterans of the Spanish-American War.

Registration as Veteran Organization or Veteran Organization Solicitor:

An organization who includes or represents veterans OR whose name includes a word that would lead a reasonable person to assume the organization is associated with veterans or concerned with a veterans’ issue must file a registration statement and bond with the secretary of state before beginning solicitations in Texas. Additionally, a person who solicits on behalf of a veterans organization must register and file a bond with the secretary of state before beginning solicitations.
For more information, see our Veterans Organization/Solicitation FAQs

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Resources for Texas Veterans:
Texas Veterans Portal
Texas Wide Open for Veterans
Texas Veterans Commission

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Resources:
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (formerly VetBiz.gov)
Veteran Entrepreneur Portal

Other Resources:
Business USA
Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources for Veterans