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Lawmakers Speak Out Against Ad Tax Changes

Legislators are pushing back against a proposed alteration to the tax code that would—for the first time—change the treatment of advertising expenses....more

States Urge Reversal of Physical Presence Rule That Bars Collecting Sales Tax From Online Retailers

by Bryan Cave on

Thirty-six state attorneys general, most recently joined by California and Hawaii, have filed an amici curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the “physical presence test”. The test requires that a retailer...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The White House has made it official and nominated Fed governor Jerome Powell as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve. Powell is expected to continue the basic fiscal (though not necessarily regulatory) policies of the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Most insiders are chalking up last week’s CVS/Aetna news to a recent Amazon push into the pharma world. The Journal breaks down exactly what that means—both for the industry and for Amazon, which faces a series of challenges...more

UPDATE: MTC Extends Deadline for Amnesty under the Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

Earlier today, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) released an update extending the October 17, 2017 deadline for businesses to file under its Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. The new deadline is now...more

Sales Tax for Online Sales: Is It Time for a Change?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Online sales tax is one of many tax-related issues that Congress is currently considering. (Stick with us, this shouldn’t be too boring.) Under the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Quill v. North Dakota (504 U.S. 298), an...more

23 States Join the Multistate Tax Commission Amnesty Ending on October 17, 2017: “Fulfillment by Amazon” Companies Targeted

This article provides practitioners with a practical overview of (1) the changing law of nexus; (2) the Multistate Tax Commission Amnesty Program ending on October 17, 2017; and (3) on-going state voluntary disclosure...more

For Vendors Making Internet Sales to Massachusetts Customers-A New Proposed Regulation Expands the Definition of Tax Nexus

A new regulation in Massachusetts, 830 CMR 64H.1.7, will expand the definition of tax nexus for out-of-state vendors making internet sales to Massachusetts customers. The regulation will become effective on October 1, 2017....more

IRS Warns of Phishing Email Spoofing IRS and FBI

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning alerting the public to a new email phishing scam that looks like a joint notice from the IRS and FBI about new tax laws....more

Maine's energy legislation carryovers from 2017

by PretiFlaherty on

When the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine State Legislature adjourned earlier this year, its committees reserved a list of bills for further debate in 2018. A list of these carryover bills published by the legislative...more

Movement on Infrastructure Package Possible, but Unlikely this Fall

by Baker Donelson on

Dating all the way back to the campaign last year, President Trump has long focused on advancing a broad-based infrastructure investment program. Initially expected this spring, the White House is now expected to release an...more

Limited-Time Tax Amnesty for Marketplace Sellers

The Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) has implemented a limited-time voluntary disclosure initiative for online marketplace sellers (the “VDI”). The VDI creates an opportunity in many states to have a retailer’s historic...more

“Drop Shipment” Sales Tax Rule Is Held Constitutional

In D & H Distributors, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue (July 31, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) upheld the imposition of sales tax against a wholesaler that delivered goods directly to consumers in...more

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Announces Joint Operation Targeting Alleged “Pay-to-Play” Activities in Florida

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 20, 2017, the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced a joint operation it conducted with the Florida Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (DABT) to investigate potential trade...more

Washington State Imposes New Reporting Requirements for Out-Of-State Sellers Not Collecting Sales Tax

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of Washington State’s efforts to collect more sales tax on out-of-state companies’ sales to Washington customers, the Legislature recently enacted H.B. 2163. The bill, signed by the Governor on July 7, imposes notice...more

2017 N.C. Legislative Session in Review

by Smith Anderson on

The N.C. General Assembly worked into the early morning hours on June 30 to finish its business for the 2017 legislative session. The session officially began January 11 and ran for six months for a total of 93 legislative...more

Digital Single Market: “DSM in 5 minutes” – Brochure

by Hogan Lovells on

In this brand-new publication, our pan-European DSM Taskforce helps you plan for the changes by providing an overview of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy; what the key legislative measures will bring about and...more

US: Amazon wins tax dispute over cross-border IP transfer, but favorable tax treatment may no longer be available

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this year in Amazon v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. No. 8 (March 23, 2017), the U.S. Tax Court issued a 207-page decision largely upholding Amazon’s tax treatment of an intellectual property transfer in 2005 and 2006 from...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

What Tools Do Cities Need to Regulate Short-term Rentals?

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Beach to ski town and every city in between, it’s easier than ever to book vacation rentals. Today, travelers and homeowners are directly connected through the home-sharing websites Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, and...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...more

Law à la Mode: Special Edition - INTA 2017

by DLA Piper on

The Belgian editorial team is delighted to bring you this special edition of Law a` la Mode, marking the 139th INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona. Just some of the focuses for this special edition include the dangers of...more

New Ruling Makes a Splash -- Fees to Use a Bathroom are not Subject to Sales Tax

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A new advisory opinion issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance should make all New York taxpayers flushed with pride – access to toilets is not subject to tax. The case involved a new software...more

Bill Banning Streaming Video Tax Rejected - Legislation that would prohibit California localities from imposing taxes on streaming...

On April 24, 2017, the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation (Committee) voted unanimously to postpone for at least one year a bill that would temporarily ban California localities from taxing streaming video services. ...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 5

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Final 2017-18 New York State Budget Bill Enacted - The New York State Budget Bill was enacted by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. S. 2009-C, A. 3009-C. Among the Governor’s...more

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