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How Smartphones, Showrooming Impact Property Taxes and More

The battle between physical stores and online retail rages on, but the recent explosion in smartphone usage is blurring the battle lines. Using smartphones, consumers in a store now can simultaneously shop and compare pricing...more

New Legislation Clarifies Property Taxation of Outdoor Billboards

The South Carolina General Assembly has clarified how outdoor advertising signs (i.e. billboards) are taxed in the state for property tax purposes. The new law amends South Carolina Code Section 12-43-230, and applies to...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Forced Franchise/Excise Tax Variance Upheld by Supreme Court

On March 23, 2016, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in the case of Vodafone Americas Holdings, Inc. et al. vs. Tennessee Commissioner of Revenue....more

Clampdown on VAT avoidance on sales of goods through online marketplaces

The Chancellor has announced a package of measures to give HMRC stronger powers to collect VAT from overseas businesses who sell goods online to UK customers. Failure to pay VAT in these circumstances is estimated to have...more

Taxing The Deal: State And Local Tax Issues In Telecom M&A Transactions

The acquisition of a telecommunications service provider or a cloud-based service provider raises unique state and local tax issues that do not arise in connection with the acquisition of other businesses. Telecom and...more

California Supreme Court Denies BOE Petition for Review in Lucent Technologies

Last week, the California Supreme Court denied the State Board of Equalization’s (BOE’s) petition for review in Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. State Bd. of Equalization, No. S230657 (petition for review denied Jan. 20, 2016)....more

IP, IT and mass communications. Major Russian Legislation Changes for 2015 - Our traditional overview of the most important...

New songs on the main - Most of 2015 was spent anticipating the entry into force of RF Federal Law ? 242-FZ dated 21.07.2014 “On the Amendment of Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Clarifying the...more

TTB Publishes Projected Regulatory Agenda as Part of Government’s Unified Agenda

As it does twice per year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently published its projected Regulatory Agenda as part of the federal government’s “Unified Agenda.” Links to the U.S. Department of...more

Financial Statement Countdown for Remote Sellers Selling into Alabama

Remote sellers making sales into Alabama have until January 1, 2016, to begin collecting sales tax regardless of their physical presence in the state or consider whether there is any impact on financial statement issues as a...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.20.15

The US Treasury Department and IRS are joining forces to address corporate tax inversions with the introduction of new measures aimed at “curtailing companies’ ability to avoid United States tax rates if they move to...more

Chicago Mayor’s Tax-Heavy Budget Passes: Lease and Amusement Tax Implications

Last week the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 revenue ordinance as part of his tax-laden budget proposal. The revenue ordinance included noteworthy changes to the personal property lease transaction...more

Know Your Nexus: Don’t Get Blindsided by State Tax Rules

If you do business with out-of-state customers, does your business have nexus with the states where those customers are located? If your answer is, “I don’t know what ‘nexus’ means,” you could be in for an unpleasant...more

Washington Department of Revenue takes same position on taxability of early termination fees being challenged in Massachusetts

In a ruling that will be of interest to taxpayers following Massachusetts appeals on the issue, Washington has issued recent guidance (see Washington DOR – Termination Fees) asserting that early termination fees for...more

Dubai launches new design and e-commerce hubs

A cornerstone of Dubai's success in attracting businesses and encouraging growth across a diverse range of sectors has been the continued establishment of free zones. These special economic zones offer business-friendly...more

Crowdfunding: Update From the CRA

In a short technical interpretation (CRA Document 2015-0579031I7 “Crowdfunding” (April 1, 2015)), the CRA has restated its views on the tax treatment of amounts raised via crowdfunding arrangements. The CRA stated that...more

Are eFax services taxable telecommunications services in Massachusetts?

While Massachusetts’ expansion of its sales tax to include computer-related services was repealed within three months of its enactment, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue continues to take a close look at sales treated...more

Seller Beware: Collecting Sales Tax When Coupons Are Involved Is Not So Cut and Dried

If you are a retailer or a business that accepts or issues coupons, a slew of class action lawsuits should have you double-checking your sales tax collection practices. Recent lawsuits filed by consumers have accused...more

Hold The Phone! AT&T’s Constitutional Challenge To Mississippi’s Dividend Exclusion Statute Is Still Alive

A Mississippi trial court has again found unconstitutional the state’s dividend exclusion statute, which disadvantages certain multistate taxpayers as compared to solely Mississippi taxpayers. This result comes from AT&T’s...more

TracFone Files Supplement to Emergency Petition for FCC Preemption on 911 Fees

As noted in our prior update, in November 2014, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice requesting industry comment on a Petition filed by TracFone Wireless regarding 911 fees charged to Lifeline...more

The new Italian patent box is also a trademark & design box

In November 2014 we said that the Italian patent box is also a copyright box. The patent box regime, adopted at the end of last year with the 2015 Financial Bill, was recently modified by the so called “Investment Compact...more

The New “Click-Through”?: New York Budget Proposal Requires Marketplace Providers to Collect Tax

On January 21, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State address, along with proposing the new budget. The budget has a number of new tax proposals. One of those proposals would have a significant impact on e-commerce...more

Louisiana Court Holds Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View Are Not Tangible Personal Property

Today the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal held that a cable television provider’s video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view (PPV) programming services are not tangible personal property and therefore not subject to sales...more

Tax Law Alert: The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 Extends Expired or Expiring Provisions

Congress this week passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (the Act), which is expected to be signed by President Obama at any time. The Act renews or extends a number of expired or expiring provisions. Some of the...more

Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: The Australian Perspective

In July 2013, the G20 Finance Ministers, including Australia, fully endorsed the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action Plan. As a result of the Action Plan, the Australian government encouraged a new commitment to...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

GMO labeling measure defeated in Colorado; results in Oregon too close to call. Colorado’s Proposition 105, which would have required manufacturers to place labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, was...more

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