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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

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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

by Reed Smith on

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

South Carolina Economic Development Incentives: Sales and Use Tax Exclusions and Exemptions

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Sales Tax: In South Carolina, a 6% sales tax is imposed upon every person engaged within this State in the business of selling tangible personal property and other types of goods and services sold at retail. Voters in...more

South Carolina Department of Revenue Audits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) administers the state’s tax laws. Like the IRS, SCDOR audits tax returns, but only certain returns subject to South Carolina tax, such as South Carolina income tax returns,...more

Recent Connecticut Tax Law Developments

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Coming off what was a relatively quiet year in 2014, the year 2015 was a tumultuous year for Connecticut tax law changes. The changes enacted during 2015 will impact virtually all taxpayers in the state (both individuals and...more

South Dakota: The Next Frontier of Sales Tax Nexus

by Reed Smith on

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

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

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