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Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - November/December 2014

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast....more

The Buck Stops Here – Senate Bill Takes Aim at E-retailers

After more than a decade of trying to gain traction on Capitol Hill, brick-and-mortar retailers could be close to leveling the playing field with online merchants if the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (“MITFA”)...more

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - House to vote on HIGHWAY FUNDING BILL, other tax measures - This week, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014. The bill, which was...more

U.S. House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), by a voice vote. PITFA would permanently extend the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Legislative Activity Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014 Introduced in the House and the Senate Last Tuesday, June 17, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Doris Matsui (D-California)...more

Illinois Department of Revenue’s Local Retailers’ Occupation Tax Sourcing Rules Pass Hurdle; Sourcing Rules for Internet Sales...

During its June 17 meeting, the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (“JCAR”) approved the Department of Revenue’s (“DOR”) proposed local retailers’ occupation tax rules (“Local ROT Sourcing Rules”) issued...more

Legal Alert: Internet Tax Freedom Act Extension Clears Congressional Committee

On June 18, the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) by a vote of 30-4. PITFA permanently extends the moratorium on state and...more

Tax Effective Use by Canadian Online Retailers of Bermuda Operations for International Expansion - 2011 Canada-Bermuda Tax...

E-tail Foreign Market Opportunity - The growth of online retail sales has globally outstripped the growth of all other retail channels, including during the last recession. For example, in England during 2012, it has...more

46 sites blocked, watch your banners!

The Italian tax police seized 46 websites streaming videos in breach of the copyright holders, but is also going after entities “supporting” such sites through banners published on them so starting a new approach in the fight...more

Spain launches a reform of the Intellectual Property Law. Including the so-called “Google News tax” on use of copyrighted...

The Spanish Council of Ministers has just approved a draft law for the partial reform of the Intellectual Property Law. It will be now submitted to the Spanish Parliament for discussion and final approval....more

Court Continues A Fairly Busy Term

Perhaps coincidence, perhaps not, but on "Cyber Monday" the U.S. Supreme Court refused to "click yes" to consider two cases contesting the constitutionality of click-through-nexus when, as discussed further below, it denied...more

State + Local Tax Insights -- Winter 2014

In This Issue: Ringing in the New Year: Issues from 2013 That Will Likely Impact 2014; Upcoming Speaking Engagements; Defending Against Penalties; and Dueling “Doing Business” Interstate-Commerce Exemptions:...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update - January 2014

Court Begins 2013-2014 Term - Upon starting its 2013-2014 term during the government's recent partial shut-down, the U.S. Supreme Court opened with a grant of certiorari in a case with state and local tax implications,...more

Internet Sales Tax Update

We recently reported on a case out of New York State, which dealt with the question of sales tax liability in the case of online sales. That decision (in Overstock.com v. New York Taxation Dept. and the companion case of...more

United States Supreme Court Refuses to Review New York High Court Ruling Requiring Online Retailers to Collect New York State...

On December 2, 2013, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in the consolidated cases Amazon.com LLC v. N.Y. Dept. of Taxation and Overstock.com v. N.Y. Dept. of Taxation, thereby allowing the New York state law...more

The Marketplace Fairness Act Would Grant States The Authority Regarding Online Sales Tax

The Marketplace Fairness Act, if passed by House and signed by the President, would grant states the authority to force online and catalog retailers (“remote sellers”), no matter where they are located, to collect sales tax...more

Web tax, not just for Google

A web tax also renamed as “Google tax” aimed at obliging foreign Internet operators to pay Italian taxes is currently subject of discussion before the Italian Parliament and has raised considerable concerns also in relation...more

Developments in Multistate Taxation -- November 2013

U.S. Supreme Court - On August 23, 2013, an online retailer filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of the New York Court of Appeals’ determination that a New York statute...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 06, 2013

FTC Settles Over “Made in the U.S.A.” Claims - Back in business after the government shutdown, the Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement involving products falsely advertised as “Made in the U.S.A.”...more

Amazon Begins Collecting Massachusetts Sales Tax

Beginning November 1st, Amazon will collect Massachusetts sales tax on online purchases. This is the result of a negotiated agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (MDOR) last year. The MDOR reasons that...more

Spotlight on SALT: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates the State's "Click-Through Nexus" Statute Under the Internet Tax Freedom Act

Illinois joined a number of other states in 2011 and enacted a "click-through nexus" statute targeting internet retailers for sales and use tax collection obligations. Under the Illinois and similar statutes enacted in other...more

Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates 'Amazon' Sales Tax Law: Now What?

The Illinois Supreme Court, affirming a lower court decision, invalidated the state's "click-through" nexus law. This law required out-of-state Internet retailers who use in-state web marketing "affiliates" to collect sales...more

EU: Commission starts analyzing new possible approaches of taxing the digital economy

The European Commission considers that the current taxation system was conceived in a pre-computing age so that it must be adapted in order for the digital sector to “play fair and pay fair“....more

Illinois Click-Through Nexus Law Preempted by the Internet Tax Freedom Act

In a 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed an Illinois Circuit Court holding that Illinois Public Act 96-1544 (The Click-Through Nexus Act), requiring out-of-state retailers to collect and remit use tax, violates...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Internet Sales Tax Preempted by Federal Statute

On Friday morning, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its opinion in one of its most high-profile pending cases. The Court held in Performance Marketing Association, Inc. v. Hamer that the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act...more

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