With this week’s orders list, the Texas Supreme Court chose two (related) petitions for oral argument. The Court did not issue any opinions with these orders.

Petitions Granted

The Court granted review two tax petitions that ask whether it was proper for a government contractor to claim a “sale for resale” exemption on certain goods it purchased to fulfill a government contract. The Comptroller argues that, because the overall contract was for a “non-taxable service,” this exemption did not apply.

The cases are:

SUSAN COMBS, COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AND GREG ABBOTT, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF TEXAS v. HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATION, No. 11-0283 , and

SUSAN COMBS, COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AND GREG ABBOTT, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF TEXAS v. HEALTH CARE SERVICES CORPORATION, No. 11-0652 .

The two have been consolidated for purposes of oral argument, which is scheduled for February 27, 2013.