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Business Information for Veterans

New Veteran-Owned Businesses

In accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 1049, effective January 1, 2016, a new Veteran-Owned Business that is formed in Texas between January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2020, may be eligible for an exemption from certain filing fees and the Texas franchise tax for the first five years of operation.

To qualify for these exemptions:

Information for Persons Forming a New Veteran-Owned Business

If you are a veteran seeking to form a new veteran-owned business with the secretary of state, please submit to the secretary of state the following:

The documents must be submitted to the secretary of state by mail, fax or personal delivery in order to receive a waiver of filing fees. Filing fees cannot be waived through SOSDirect.

Information for Persons Who Have Formed a Veteran-Owned Business since January 1, 2016

If you have a veteran-owned business that was formed on or after January 1, 2016 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