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Illinois Department of Revenue Reaffirms Cloud-Based Services Not Taxable

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In two recent General Information Letters (GILs), the Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) reaffirmed that computer software provided through a cloud-based delivery system is not subject to tax in Illinois. The...more

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

BREAKING NEWS: No Physical Presence Required for Ohio CAT Imposition

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 17, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated slip opinions in the three companion cases challenging Ohio’s Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) economic nexus standard. See Crutchfield Corp. v. Testa,...more

Supreme Court of Ohio Sustains Factor-Presence Nexus for Some, But Opens Door for Apportionment of CAT Receipts for All

by Reed Smith on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax’s (“CAT”) $500,000 factor-presence nexus test in the face of a Commerce Clause challenge. Specifically, in Crutchfield Corp. v. Testa, the court...more

Tennessee Takes Out-of-State Sales Tax into Its Own Hands

Are you an out-of-state retailer doing business in Tennessee? If so, take note. The Tennessee Department of Revenue is proposing a new rule mandating certain out-of-state dealers to collect and remit sales and uses taxes to...more

Alabama Issues Remote Sellers Use Tax Assessments, Newegg Inc. Appeals

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Ever since Alabama’s new economic nexus regulation went into effect, litigation over its constitutionality has been expected given that Alabama Commissioner Julie Magee and Governor Bentley said as much when announcing it...more

Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016: New Oklahoma Sales Tax Law on Internet Sales

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Internet sales to Oklahomans will now be subject to new sales tax requirements. HB 2531, entitled the “Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016” (the “Act”), enacted May 17, 2016, becomes effective November 1, 2016....more

Florida Supreme Court: Origin Sourcing for Sales Tax is Constitutional

by Reed Smith on

The Florida Supreme Court upheld the imposition of a sales tax obligation on an in-state florist for all of its worldwide sales regardless of delivery destination. This “origin sourcing” method of determining transactions...more

Cook County Circuit Court Dismisses 201 False Claims Act Lawsuits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

At a hearing yesterday, Cook County Circuit Judge James Snyder granted the State of Illinois’ (State) Motion to Dismiss 201 Illinois False Claims Act (FCA) cases filed by the law firm of Stephen B. Diamond, PC (Relator)...more

No Surprises in Ohio CAT Nexus Oral Argument

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Oral argument before the Ohio Supreme Court took place on May 3 in the three cases challenging Ohio’s Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) nexus standard. Crutchfield, Inc. v. Testa, Case No. 2015-0386; Mason Cos. Inc. v. Testa,...more

Supreme Court of Ohio Hears Oral Argument in Crucial Case for Factor-Presence Nexus

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in a case involving the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax (the “CAT”)—which provides that taxpayers have nexus with Ohio and are subject to tax if they have at least $500,000 of annual...more

BREAKING NEWS: Sales Tax Battle Breaks Out in South Dakota; Quill’s Last Stand?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On March 22, 2016, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law Senate Bill 106, which requires any person making more than $100,000 of South Dakota sales or more than 200 separate South Dakota sales transactions to...more

Alabama Department of Revenue Issues Controversial Proposed Regulation Taxing Out-of-State Vendors

Consistent with Governor Robert Bentley’s public statement last week that he hopes Amazon.com or another internet e-tailer will sue the state of Alabama regarding its position on nexus, the Alabama Department of Revenue...more

Allied Domecq: Nexus-Combined Reporting

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines USA, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals held that the parent company of a Massachusetts taxpayer could not be included in the taxpayer’s Massachusetts...more

Gore Decided: Unitary Nexus Rejected; Economic Substance Test Clarified

by Reed Smith on

Today, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury; Future Value, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury. The court held that under the...more

New Jersey Tax Court Issues Important Order on the State’s Throw Out Rule

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Tax Court of New Jersey recently issued an important order that may have eviscerated the impact of the Throw Out Rule on intangibles holding companies. On its face the order does not appear to address the application of...more

Are You Recording Your Customers’ Calls? Better Listen

by Perkins Coie on

Federal law and most states only require one party to a phone call to consent to recording it, which means the person recording the call doesn’t need anyone else’s permission; however, a minority of states, including...more

No Oregon Income Tax Nexus For Company Owning Intangibles Used In State

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A federal bankruptcy court judge has held that Washington Mutual, Inc. (WMI), a parent holding company that owned bank subsidiaries conducting business in Oregon, did not have nexus in Oregon by virtue of its ownership of the...more

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