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Leveling the Playing Field for Illinois Retail Act

September 12, 2019

Illinois Will Require Online Marketplaces to Collect Sales Taxes for Out-of-State Sellers Starting in 2020 Illinois was quick to jump on the post-Wayfair bandwagon in requiring out-of-state businesses to start collecting sales taxes on purchases made by in-state customers. Now the state has gone a step further. On June 28,
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Remote Sellers – Did you enjoy your summer?

August 22, 2019

While you may have been enjoying the dog days of summer, you may not have noticed that some states implemented new Remote Seller rules.   Effective July 1st, rules were established for: Arkansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Connecticut.
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Are College Meal Plans Taxable or Not?

June 19, 2019

Many colleges and universities require students living on-campus to purchase a meal plan. The school typically contracts with an outside company to provide the meals, which students then pay for using their meal plan. But are such transactions subject to sales tax? The Colorado Supreme Court recently addressed this question.
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Canada loses approximately $169 million annually in sales tax revenue

May 29, 2019

Report: Canadian Government Fails to Collect $169 Million in Sales Taxes Annually on Digital Goods & Services Canada loses approximately $169 million annually in sales tax revenue, according to a recent report from the nation’s interim auditor general. These losses are the result of Canadians failing to pay taxes on
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Maine Legislators Consider “LOST”

May 17, 2019

Maine Legislators Consider Authorizing Local-Option Sales Taxes Although most U.S. states permit their local governments to collect certain types of sales taxes (in addition to the statewide tax), about a dozen state still do not. One such state is Maine, which currently assesses a statewide sales tax of 5.5 percent only.
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Georgia House Goes a Step Further to Collect Sales Taxes

March 27, 2019

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a number of states have quickly moved to require out-of-state Internet-based sellers to collect and remit sales taxes on in-state purchases.
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Do Employer Sponsored Cafeterias Have to Collect Sales Tax?

February 21, 2019

Missouri Supreme Court Says Operator of Federal Reserve Cafeteria Must Collect Sales Tax Most states apply some form of sales tax to the purchases of meals and drinks. But what if a business or public employer maintains an employee cafeteria? Does the cafeteria operator need to charge sales tax on
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Remote Seller + New Year = New Sales Taxes

February 05, 2019

Remote Sellers…..Are you ready? Seven states implemented their economic nexus sales tax rules for remote sellers with the new year. These States all have effective dates of January 1st.
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Internet Sales Taxes and Remote Sellers

August 27, 2018

The United States Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair on June 21, 2018, that states can require remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax on items delivered to locations within their state regardless of physical presence.
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State of Arkansas – Candy and Soda No Longer a Food for Tax Purposes

December 29, 2017

State Arkansas State Arkansas Happy New Year from the State of Arkansas! Effective January 1, 2018, The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration is implementing Act 141 which removes candy and soft drinks from the definitions “Food” and “Food Ingredients” and applies the full 6.5% State sales and use tax
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Los Angeles County CA – Measure H

September 28, 2017

Los Angeles County CA – Measure H Measure H goes into effect October 1, 2017 Los Angeles County CA – Measure H Measure H, a sales tax measure to fund homeless services and prevention,  was on the ballot for Los Angeles County voters, on March 7, 2017 and was approved by the required
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Are Pumpkins Tax Exempt in the Fall?

September 20, 2017

pumpkins In three states, Pumpkins Are Exempt from Sales Tax…Unless They’re For Carving. Sometimes, sales tax laws just don’t seem to make sense. Like, who in Indiana thought it was so important to make a distinction between marshmallows and marshmallow creme?  Well, in Indiana, you’ll have to pay sales tax
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