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Oklahoma expands marketplace facilitator provisions

Oklahoma enacted S.B. 1339 which amends the definition of “marketplace facilitator” to include a person that facilitates not only retail sales of tangible personal property but all retail sales. S.B. 1339 also provides that the marketplace facilitator’s tax collection obligation applies to any other taxes administered by the Oklahoma Tax Commission which are levied by a local...

Illinois General Assembly passes $42 billion budget with several key tax provisions

On Memorial Day, and stretching into the early hours of June 1, the Illinois Legislature approved the state’s $42 billion budget for fiscal year 2022. It is anticipated that the budget’s tax provisions are expected to generate more than $600 million in additional revenue by addressing what governor J.B. Pritzker and others in the General Assembly have deemed corporate tax “loopholes.”...

Georgia Governor Signs Taxpayer Fairness Act Limiting Administrative Deference in Georgia Tax Controversies

On April 29, 2021, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed SB 185, limiting the application of administrative deference in Georgia tax controversies. This law seeks to level the playing field in state tax litigation matters by reducing the level of deference accorded to the Department of Revenue’s interpretations of ambiguous laws. The law provides that “all questions of law decided by a...

Tax on Broadband Service Providers is New York’s Newest Bad Idea

Companion bills recently introduced in New York State (A. 11180 and S. 9112) would impose a temporary tax on businesses that provide broadband internet access service.  Revenues generated from the tax would be earmarked to fund the provision of broadband internet access services to students in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax proposal would assess an “annual charge”...

Something to Keep an Eye On: Texas Comptroller Says Web-Based Services for Eye Doctors Is Taxable Data Processing

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts issued a private letter ruling concluding that several services provided to optometrists and ophthalmologists were subject to sales tax as data processing.  Specifically, the Comptroller determined that the taxpayer’s web-based software system, which doctors use to manage patient relationships, schedule appointments, refill prescriptions,...

Mississippi DOR issues marketplace facilitator guidance for food delivery

Mississippi Notice 72-20-09 provides additional guidance on Mississippi’s marketplace facilitator law, which took effect on July 1, 2020. The Notice explains that a sale facilitated and delivered by a third-party food delivery service is not a “retail sale” by the facilitator. Rather, the restaurant will charge sales tax on the selling price it charged for the food. But if a...

Washington Court Games the Sales Tax Trade-In Exclusion

The Washington Court of Appeals upheld the Washington Department of Revenue’s denial of a sales tax exclusion for trade-ins of software and hardware. GameStop provides customers with a trade-in credit for software and hardware and allows customers to apply these credits towards future purchases of software and hardware. The Department denied GameStop’s exclusion for two reasons: the...

Georgia Bill Proposes Changes to Sales and Use Tax Reporting and Collection Rules

On February 14, 2019, the Georgia House Ways and Means Committee voted in favor of House Bill 182. Effective for January 1, 2020, the bill would amend O.C.G.A. § 48-8-2(8)(M.1) to lower the sales threshold on the requirement to collect or report sales and use tax from $250,000 to $100,000 and would repeal subsection (c.2) of O.C.G.A. § 48-8-30 in its entirety to eliminate the option to...

Podcast: New Jersey apportionment of GILTI

In this podcast, our state tax team discusses New Jersey guidance regarding the apportionment treatment of GILTI income.

New Jersey Tax Court Rejects Alternative Apportionment Formula

The New Jersey Tax Court rejected the Division of Taxation’s application of a five-factor alternative apportionment formula as invalid rulemaking under New Jersey’s Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The Tax Court previously determined that an application of the statutory apportionment formula in effect prior to 2011 for companies without a “regular place of business” outside New...

Indiana Supreme Court Cites Business Purpose Requirement in Holding RV Dealership Liable for Uncollected Sales Tax

On December 5, 2018, the Indiana Supreme Court in a 3-2 split decision held that an RV dealership was liable for uncollected sales tax on RV sales even though it delivered the RVs to buyers at out-of-state locations. The RV dealership’s protocol for transferring possession of its RVs to customers depended on the customer’s state of residence. Customers from Indiana—or from one of the...

Massachusetts ATB Finds that Indiana Utility Receipts Tax Not a Deductible Transaction Tax for Massachusetts Corporate Excise Tax

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board disallowed a deduction for Indiana utility receipts tax (URT) paid by a natural gas distribution operator with operations in Indiana. The deduction for the URT was disallowed, for purposes of computing Massachusetts net income for corporate excise tax, because the URT is not a deductible “transaction tax.” The Board found that while the URT may...

It’s Not the Eggnog – New Jersey Proposes to Specially Allocate GILTI Based on GDP

On December 21, the New Jersey Division of Taxation released Technical Bulletin TB-85, which addresses how the Division will expect taxpayers to calculate the amount of so-called global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) and foreign derived intangible income (FDII) that are taxable for New Jersey corporation business tax (CBT) purposes. Background: GILTI and FDII under Federal Tax Law...

California Court of Appeal Affirms that Transactions Involving Out-of-State Title Transfer Are Subject to Local Use Tax, Not Local Sales Tax

The California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court decision finding that transactions involving an Internet retailer headquartered in Brisbane, California, were subject to local use tax, rather than local sales tax, because title in the transactions at issue passed outside California. The court explained that when a retail seller delivers goods to a common carrier at an out-of-state...

Tax Reform 2.0 Approved by House Ways and Means Committee

The House Ways and Means Committee approved the Tax Reform 2.0 package consisting of three bills. This overhaul package would make permanent the TCJA’s reduced rates for individuals along with several other provisions, including the $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, and the 20% deduction on certain pass-through business income.  A proposed amendment to repeal the...


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