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South Dakota: The Next Frontier of Sales Tax Nexus

On April 29, 2016, a declaratory action was filed challenging the constitutionality of South Dakota’s sales and use tax economic nexus legislation, which took effect Sunday, May 1, 2016. In American Catalog Mailers...more

Economic Nexus Extended Too Far – Hodgson Russ LLP v. Minnesota Department of Revenue

During the spring of 2014, Hodgson Russ LLP (“Hodgson”) received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Revenue (“Minnesota Revenue”) that attempted to establish a new low in the states’ “race to the bottom” to establish...more

Massachusetts Court Holds Department of Revenue’s Guidance to Be Unreasonable

Northeastern University, the Trustees of Boston University, Wellesley College and 131 Willow Avenue, LLC prevailed in their appeal of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s (the Department) rejection of their Brownfields...more

Should I Register in South Dakota?

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

Spotlight on Tennessee: Department of Revenue's Upcoming April 26 Rulemaking Hearing

On April 26, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. CST, a hearing will be conducted regarding proposed regulations filed by the Tennessee Department of Revenue (Department) with the Secretary of State on February 25, 2016. This rulemaking...more

Proposed Change to North Carolina Excise Tax Law for Wine Shippers

Wine Shipper permittees may soon be able to file excise tax reports on an annual basis in North Carolina, rather than monthly. A proposed bill that would allow wine shippers to file excise tax reports annually is...more

Navigating the Louisiana Legislature's New Sales and Use Tax Labyrinth

Not even Daedalus could have constructed a labyrinth more complex than the new sales and use tax laws that the Louisiana Legislature adopted in the 2016 First Extraordinary Session that ended on March 9, 2016. Perhaps on a...more

Progress Report on ADOR’s Non-Nexus Vendor Remittance Program

The Alabama Department of Revenue’s (ADOR) well-publicized effort to subject remote sellers to the state's sales and use tax regime is designed primarily to force either the U.S. Supreme Court or Congress to settle questions...more

Three Important Alabama Regulatory Developments

Last month, the ADOR proposed a new rule, Rule 810-3-35-.01, in order to simplify the federal income tax deduction available to corporations doing business in Alabama. The ADOR proposed to repeal the current corporate federal...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

The second of three Minnesota legislative committee deadlines arrives tonight at midnight. By this second deadline, committees must act favorably upon a bill that met the first deadline in the other house, or the bill does...more

Spotlight on Mississippi: Supreme Court Rules Against Department of Revenue's Claimed Entitlement to Deference

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently declined to give deference to the findings of the Department of Revenue in Miss. Dept. of Revenue v. Hotel and Restaurant Supply because the Department's findings were contrary to the...more

Tour Fee Can Vary Again in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Revenue released a proposed rule Monday that would allow breweries in Georgia to charge different fees for admission on tours based on the amount of free tastings and the free souvenir. This...more

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Offering Amnesty

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“MA DOR”) is offering a limited opportunity for taxpayers who have failed to register, failed to file a tax return, and/or failed to report the full amount of tax owed on a previously...more

Viral Marketers Beware – In Alabama, Sales Tax Nexus Created for Out-of-State Bookseller Even Though In-State Teachers Not Acting...

After a quarter of a century, the school book nexus cases continue to proliferate, delight and mystify. The latest installment in the saga is from Alabama. Scholastic Book Clubs, Inc. 2931 v. State Of Alabama Department Of...more

Georgia Keeps It Interesting: Legislature Passes Novel Law on Interest Rates and Refund Claims

On March 24, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 960 (H.B. 960), which would adjust the statutory interest rate applicable to tax assessments and refunds and addresses other issues related to refund claims for...more

Alabama Legislature Rejects (Yet Another) Attempted Digital Tax Expansion

Last month, a much-anticipated bill drafted by the Alabama Department of Revenue (Department) was introduced in the Alabama Senate that would have expanded the definition of tangible personal property to include “digital...more

Mark Nunnelly Leaving Position as DOR Commissioner – DOR Now Seeking 3rd Commissioner in Less Than 2 years

Governor Charlie Baker’s office announced in a press release today that Mark Nunnelly has accepted a new role as Executive Director of MassIT, the state technology office, beginning April 4. In that role, Mr. Nunnelly is...more

Oregon Tax Compliance Alert – Reduced Tax Rates May Be Available to Taxpayers for Non-Passive Income That Flows Through From...

As reported in my November 2013 blog post, for tax years beginning in 2015 or later, under ORS 316.043, applicable non-passive income attributable to certain partnerships and S corporations may be taxed using reduced tax...more

Illinois Shipping Charge Regulatory Amendments Approved: Taxpayers Were Right All Along

The Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has approved the Illinois Department of Revenue’s proposed regulatory amendments clarifying the sales tax treatment of shipping charges. These amendments, which are...more

Nonprofits Seeking to Use Brownfields Tax Credits Beware: Directive Gutted by Massachusetts Superior Court Remains Online Without...

Massachusetts Department of Revenue guidance declared a “naked, confiscatory attempt by a state administrative agency to appropriate private property to fill government coffers” by the Massachusetts Superior Court remains on...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2016 Legislative Session Preview 02/2016

The second year of the 89th Session of the Minnesota Legislature convenes on March 8, 2016. This year’s session is unusually late and will last an atypically short 11 weeks. The February Forecast released today projects...more

Tenth Circuit Rules Colorado Can Require Remote Retailers to Notify Customers of the State's Use Tax

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of a Colorado law that requires remote retailers to notify customers of the state’s use tax requirements and report certain customer tax...more

Illinois Department of Revenue Further Revises its Proposed Amendments to Shipping and Handling Regulations

The Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) has further revised its recently proposed amendments to the regulations governing the taxability of shipping and handling charges. The revisions to the Proposed Amendments to 86...more

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Launches Pilot Program for Settling Uncertain Tax Issues—Lack of Anonymity in Settlement...

Continuing its efforts to improve the process for resolving tax disputes in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has released final AP 637 Voluntary Disclosure Program for Settlement of Uncertain Tax Issues...more

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Introduces Pilot Voluntary Disclosure Program

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (the Department) released a draft administrative procedure introducing a pilot Voluntary Disclosure Program (the Program) for the settlement of uncertain tax issues for business...more

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