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

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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

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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

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Tenth Circuit’s holding in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, which upheld Colorado’s use tax reporting regime on out-of-state taxpayers. In so doing, the Court also...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

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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

Cook County Circuit Court Dismisses 201 False Claims Act Lawsuits

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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

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 3, March 2016

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TRIAL COURT HOLDS THAT FEES RELATED TO THE NEW YORK HIGHWAY USE TAX ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL - In a class action lawsuit, an Albany County trial court held that flat highway use registration and decal fees charged to heavy...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

Tenth Circuit Finds Colorado Use Tax Reporting Regime Constitutional

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Today, February 22, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld Colorado’s use tax reporting regime in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl. In so doing, the court held that ...more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

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Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held...more

Supreme Judicial Court Rules Against Taxpayer in Regency Transportation

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On January 6, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued its decision in Regency Transportation v. Commonwealth, finding against the taxpayer. The taxpayer in Regency was a trucking company that purchased...more

Illinois Appellate Court Holds City of Chicago Tax on Cars Rented Outside of but Used Within the City Valid

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An Illinois Appellate Court, in Hertz Corp. v. City of Chicago, 2015 IL App (1st) 123210 (Sept. 22, 2015), gave the City of Chicago (City) permission to require rental car companies to collect tax on vehicle rentals from...more

Back in Court: DMA Argues Before the Tenth Circuit to Follow Quill

Direct Marketing Association (DMA) continued its fight against Colorado’s use tax reporting regime during oral arguments today before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. After getting sidetracked with a...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (2nd Quarter 2015)

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Case Updates - BREAKING NEWS: Gillette Oral Arguments Scheduled - The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the Gillette Multistate Tax Compact case. This comes three years after the California...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

This is Not a Joke: Federal Court to Consider Quill and Comity

In the ongoing saga over Colorado’s use tax reporting laws in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl (DMA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ordered a full briefing on the Comity Doctrine and the Commerce Clause...more

Tax Injunction Act Does Not Bar Suit by Online Retailers Trade Association, But May Not Be the Last Word on Taxation of Online...

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held on March 3 that the Tax Injunction Act does not bar a lawsuit brought by the Direct Marketing Association, a trade association of retailers, challenging the enforcement of a Colorado...more

Fourth District Court of Appeal Holds Sales Tax Against Florida Corporation on Out-of-State Sales is Unconstitutional

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In American Business USA Corp. v. Department of Revenue, Case No. 4D13-1472 (4th DCA November 12, 2014), the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that an assessment of sales tax pursuant to a provision in Florida's sales tax...more

Cook County Use Tax Litigation Update -- April 24, 2013

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Two significant developments have occurred with respect to the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax ("Use Tax") and Reed Smith’s challenge to the Use Tax....more

Reed Smith Sues, Cook County Backtracks…A Bit

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Reed Smith has been advised, by representatives of Cook County (the “County”), that the County will be revising the language of the County Ordinance implementing the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax (the “Use...more

E-Commerce Providers Take Note: New York’s Highest Court Upholds “Amazon” Sales Tax Statute

On March 28, 2013, the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, issued a decision in Overstock.com, Inc. & Amazon.com, LLC, et al., holding that New York’s “click-through nexus” statute does not violate the Commerce Clause...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 4 - April 2013

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In This Issue: New York Court of Appeals Upholds “Amazon” Statute; Guilty Plea and $5.5 Million Settlement Resolve New York’s False Claims Case; City ALJ Dismisses Case Seeking Interest on $30 Million Refund;...more

Amazon, the New York Internet Tax, and the Phalanx of Drummers

The New York Court of Appeals (“Court of Appeals”) ruled on March 28, 2013 that internet based retailers, such as Amazon and Overstock.com, are “physically” present in New York State by virtue of the way in which they conduct...more

Reed Smith Massachusetts Quarterly Update - 4th Quarter 2012

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Welcome to the first of a new series of quarterly updates from Reed Smith on state tax developments in Massachusetts. Every three months we will be updating you on the key cases and administrative releases, as well as...more

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