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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

New California Office of Tax Appeals Discusses Emergency Regulations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The New California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) on November 6, 2017, held an interested parties meeting in Sacramento to discuss the contents of a draft of emergency regulations to guide both income tax appeals from the...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 11

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Securities Rating Agency Not Entitled to Refund of Erroneously Remitted Sales Tax - A New York State Administrative Law Judge upheld the denial of a securities rating agency’s request for a refund of sales tax, holding...more

Brewery Keg Purchases Exempt from Sales Tax

On October 30, 2017, Act 43 of 2017 (“Act”), which was introduced to the House Committee on Finance on February 17, 2017, was signed into law by Governor Wolf. The Act is effective immediately and has many changes to the...more

Year-End Tax Planning in Light of Republican Tax Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

No one knows which provisions in the House tax bill, released on November 2, 2017, will change before enactment or if any major tax bill will actually be enacted. To offset lower rates and higher standard deductions, many...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Tax Bill

by Reed Smith on

On October 30, 2017, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 542 (“HB 542”) into law to make several tax changes that will generate revenue for Pennsylvania’s 2017/2018 budget. In addition to imposing entirely new tax obligations...more

Ohio Department of Taxation Issues New Sales and Use Tax Economic Nexus Information Releases

by Reed Smith on

On October 20, the Ohio Department of Taxation (the “Department”) issued an information release (“ST 2017–02”) explaining Ohio’s standard for “software” and “network” nexus for sales and use tax, which will take effect...more

Worth Another Look: The Tax Reform Code

Time to raise the roof: a bill to raise the revenue (necessary to fund the 2017-2018 state budget) is finally before the Governor for his signature. After much debate and round after round of amendments, H.B. 542 passed the...more

Pennsylvania Board of Appeals Sends Sales Tax Refund Claims to Audit: What Do You Do?

by Reed Smith on

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Board of Appeals (the “Board”) is issuing orders dismissing large and complex sales and use tax refund petitions “without prejudice,” while directing the Department’s Bureau of Audits...more

Continuing Battle Over Revenue Sources in PA

The Pennsylvania General Assembly continues to battle over revenue sources while the state remains without a complete state budget. And when it seems impossible, things actually continue to worsen with the House and Senate...more

Risky Business: Sales Tax Case Sets The Stage For SCOTUS Showdown

by Akerman LLP on

It has long been the law of the land that a taxpayer must have a discernable physical presence in a state before it can be required to collect and remit sales and use taxes. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed this...more

South Dakota Nexus Law Held Invalid in Violation of Quill

by Varnum LLP on

Like many states, South Dakota recently enacted an aggressive sales and use tax nexus statute requiring certain out-of-state retailers with no physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit tax on sales made to South...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

Proposed Massachusetts Tax Regulations for Online Vendors Effective October 1, 2017

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In response to public comments issued on September 8, 2017 that won’t be published in the Massachusetts Register until September 22, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) will require online vendors to collect...more

SALT Alert: MTC Announces Online Retailer Voluntary Disclosure Program with No Tax Payment Required

by Williams Mullen on

Normally, voluntary disclosure programs require payment of tax, and perhaps interest and penalties, during a specified lookback period. On September 1, the Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) announced a limited-time voluntary...more

No Slam Dunk: Filings of New York Sales Tax Class Actions Continue Despite Dunkin' Decision

by Jones Day on

In May 2017, the Second Circuit rejected an attempted class action lawsuit that sought to hold a retailer liable for allegedly overcharging sales tax. In Estler v. Dunkin' Brands, Inc., the court upheld summary judgment in...more

Massachusetts to Move Forward With New “Cookie” Nexus Regulation Effective October 1

by Reed Smith on

On September 13, Massachusetts issued a final regulation that will require many “internet vendors” without traditional “physical presence” in Massachusetts to collect and remit sales and use tax, effective beginning October...more

Spotlight on Alabama: Tax Tribunal Distinguishes Scope of Federal and Alabama Responsible Person Penalty

by Baker Donelson on

In a ruling from September 6, the Alabama Tax Tribunal distinguished the scope of the federal and the Alabama responsible person penalty, holding the Alabama penalty did not apply to a mere employee. In Ty P. Taylor v. State...more

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

by Mintz Levin on

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

Senate Bill 628 Update

by Smith Anderson on

Two previous Tax Alerts, Tax Provisions in the 2017 Budget Bill (June 20, 2017) and Tax Legislation Enacted During the Regular Session of the 2017 North Carolina General Assembly (June 30, 2017), summarized the major tax...more

South Dakota Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Kill-Quill’ Law

by Reed Smith on

Just two weeks after holding oral argument, the South Dakota Supreme Court issued its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, et al., striking down South Dakota’s “kill-Quill” law. South Dakota’s law would have imposed sales tax...more

Bittersweet: The Chicago Sweetened Beverage Tax Sparks Class Action Litigation (update)

by Benesch on

After a protracted legal fight, Cook County’s much maligned Sweetened Beverage Tax went into effect on August 2, 2017. See County of Cook, § 74-850, et seq.[1] In relevant part, the tax requires retailers of sweetened...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 9

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Appellate Division Reverses Tribunal and Remits Case for Consideration of Sales Tax Refunds - The New York State Appellate Division, in a strongly worded opinion, reversed the decision of the Tax Appeals Tribunal denying...more

Purchases of Truck Leasing Company not exempt from Indiana Sales and Use Tax under Public Transportation Exemption

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Schilli Leasing, Inc. v. Indiana Dep’t of State Rev., Cause No. 49T10-1306-TA-00054 (Aug. 31, 2017), the Indiana Tax Court denied the public transportation exemption from sales and use tax for purchases of a truck leasing...more

One Step Closer to Quill’s Downfall? South Dakota Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in 'Kill-Quill' Case

by Reed Smith on

The South Dakota Supreme Court heard oral argument in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. The case involves a South Dakota law enacted in 2016 that imposes an economic nexus standard to determine whether out-of-state retailers are...more

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