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Massachusetts Issues Proposed Regulations Requiring Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax

by WilmerHale on

We previously reported to you that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) had revoked Directive 17-1 requiring the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by Internet vendors that meet certain sales thresholds...more

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Rules That Information Retrieval Services Are Taxable

by Reed Smith on

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has issued a letter ruling advising a vendor that its information retrieval service is subject to Pennsylvania sales tax. The rationale underlying the letter ruling echoes the arguments...more

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Tax Bill

by Reed Smith on

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate passed an amended version of House Bill 542 (HB 542), which includes tax code changes that are estimated to generate $571 million in new revenue. (A brief overview of some of the noteworthy...more

Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board Denies Multiple Points of Use Sales Tax Refund Claims

by Reed Smith on

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (“ATB”) has issued an order denying three sales tax refund claims involving multiple points of use (“MPU”) sourcing. In each case, vendors had filed refund claims arguing that their...more

Massachusetts DOR Sending Letters to Sellers Regarding July 1 Effective Date of Economic Nexus Directive

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (Department) sent letters to several companies regarding Directive 17-1. The Directive announces a “rule” requiring remote internet sellers to register for and begin...more

New Incentive for Data Centers in Florida

by Bryan Cave on

This session, Florida approved legislation that provides for a sales tax exemption for data centers and goes into effect on July 1, 2017. The exemption eliminates sales and use taxes for infrastructure, equipment, personal...more

Massachusetts Requires Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax Beginning July 1, 2017

by WilmerHale on

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued guidance under which it will require the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by remote sellers that meet certain sales thresholds in Massachusetts....more

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

2017 Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program

Pennsylvania’s 2017 tax amnesty program (“Amnesty Program”) is currently underway. Through June 19, 2017, qualifying taxpayers who satisfy their delinquent tax liabilities will receive abatement of all penalties and one-half...more

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Adopts a Novel Administrative Position Requiring Large Out-of-State Internet Vendors To...

by Locke Lord LLP on

According to new Directive 17-1 issued by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, beginning July 1, 2017, all out-of-state internet vendors that in the prior taxable year had greater than $500,000 in Massachusetts sales and...more

PA Tax Update: Amnesty Program and SUT Change

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Pennsylvania has a tax amnesty program that will run from April 21, 2017, to June 19, 2017. Even with many limitations on participation, this program may provide value to eligible taxpayers who have unfiled Pennsylvania tax...more

Can You Hear Me Now? South Carolina Department of Revenue Issues Guidance on Taxation of Communication Services

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (the “Department”) issued guidance earlier this month, in South Carolina Revenue Ruling 17-2, to update a comprehensive discussion concerning how communication services are taxed. Up...more

Pending Alabama Tax Legislation (2017 Regular Session) State and Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition

The House and Senate have each met a total of six legislative days thus far. There are therefore 24 legislative days remaining in the 2017 Regular Session. The House will reconvene on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. The...more

Many South Carolina Tax Law Changes in 2016; Overall Tax Structure to be Reviewed in 2017

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) released its annual tax legislative update on October 10, 2016 in SC Information Letter #16-11. The guidance provides a summary of significant changes in tax and regulatory...more

Alabama Department of Revenue Submits Response in Economic Nexus Test Case

The Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) quietly filed its Answer in the ongoing challenge by Newegg, Inc. to the so-called economic nexus threshold set forth in ADOR Rule 810-6-2.90.03 for certain out-of-state retailers. In...more

Tax Amnesty Is Back in Arizona

by Buchalter on

The State of Arizona’s 2016 amnesty program offers significant benefits to most individuals and corporations with past-due taxes. Once again, Arizona taxpayers with many types of past-due state and local taxes will have...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update

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Is Pennsylvania bringing back its tax on “computer-related services”? Pennsylvania’s new “Netflix” tax (enacted as part of Act 84 of 2016) covers more than just digital downloads and streaming services. Effective August 1,...more

Pennsylvania Tax Changes and Tax Amnesty Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As part of the budget package, the Pennsylvania General Assembly made many significant changes to various Pennsylvania tax laws and the unclaimed property law (including a tax amnesty program) that are estimated to generate...more

Pennsylvania’s 2016–2017 Revenue Budget Bill Includes Tax Amnesty and Extends Sales Tax to Digital Products

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: A new Pennsylvania tax amnesty program is coming. It was enacted as part of the state’s 2016–2017 budget process. Taxpayers with unfiled state tax returns or returns that need to be amended will be able to pay...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

SC Department of Revenue Issues New Guidance on Application of Use Tax to Foreign and Out-of-State Property Brought into South...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (“DOR”) has issued new SC Revenue Ruling #16-6, providing use tax information for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits. The ruling supersedes SC Revenue Ruling #08-6 and provides...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: R&D Exemption for Sales/Use Taxes

by Baker Donelson on

This State's industrial machinery exemption for sales and use tax purposes offers a significant benefit to manufacturers in Tennessee. With a general State tax rate of 7%, together with the added local tax rates, substantial...more

Long-Awaited Alabama Tax Amnesty Program Kicks Off

Beginning June 30 and running through August 30, the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) is offering many taxpayers an opportunity to come forward voluntarily and pay a litany of delinquent state and state-administered local...more

Breaking News: Tennessee Submits Proposed Economic Nexus Regulation for Publication

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On June 16, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR) submitted a new sales and use tax regulation for publication titled “Out-of-State Dealers” that would administratively create an economic nexus threshold. While the...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

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