Downtown Longview

Texas is a business-friendly state!

Doing business in Texas presents a compelling array of advantages. The state's tax landscape is notably advantageous, with zero corporate or personal income tax burdens. This unique fiscal environment empowers businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive, enabling them to expand their workforce, invest in enhancements and ultimately enhance their financial prosperity.

Texas Taxes

While Texas doesn't levy a corporate tax, it does have a franchise tax, which could be described as a form of privilege tax applied to entities established or operating within the state. The franchise tax rates, thresholds, and deduction limits differ from year to year, and it's worth noting that, when compared to income tax, this franchise tax typically constitutes only a fraction of the overall financial burden, providing a relatively lighter impact on businesses. It's also important to mention that sole proprietorships are exempt from this tax, easing the financial obligations for many smaller enterprises.

Situated in Gregg County, Longview enjoys a distinct advantage with property tax rates that stand well below both the state of Texas' averages and those of counties housing cities of similar size, even outshining the major metropolitan areas. This means more savings for homeowners and businesses, making Longview an even more enticing place to call home or set up shop.

Gregg County's sales and use tax aligns with the rates found in the majority of Texas counties, standing at a combined rate of 8.25%. This tax encompasses a wide range of transactions, including retail sales, leases, rentals, and taxable services. By staying in line with the broader Texas tax landscape, Gregg County ensures a fair and predictable environment for businesses and consumers alike, fostering confidence in the local economy.

Reinvestments Into Community

In 2018, the City of Longview conducted a bond election featuring three propositions for city improvements, with a total investment of $104,210,000. These local tax dollars have been strategically allocated to enhance public safety facilities ($52 million), improve streets and infrastructure ($27 million) and enhance our public parks ($25 million).

Benefits of Doing Business in Texas

  • No Corporate Income Tax

  • No Personal Income Tax

  • Low Overall Tax Burden

“CEOs have rated the Best State for Business for 18 years in a row.”

Texas Economic Development Corporation

Property Tax Rates

Taxing Entity

Property Tax Rate as Tax Factor

City of Longview


Gregg County (incl. R&B)


Harrison County


Longview ISD


Pine Tree ISD


Spring Hill ISD


Hallsville ISD


Sales and Use Tax Rates

Taxing Entity

Property Tax Rate as Tax Factor

City of Longview


Gregg County


State of Texas