Last month for sales tax free Amazon orders in South Carolina

November 27, 2015 5 min read

South Carolina reminds shoppers that Amazon orders will lose their sales tax free status as of Jan. 1, 2016. As of New Year’s Day, South Carolina will become the 27th state to require sales tax be collected on Amazon orders. Amazon has long been aware that it will lose its sales tax
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Washington State sales tax held hostage

November 27, 2015 5 min read

Conditional legislation holds the fate of the Washington state sales tax. Washington voters recently approved an unusual ballot initiative which effectively holds the state sales tax hostage unless legislators propose a separate constitutional amendment related to future tax increases.
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No preferential tax treatment for DC TV station

November 09, 2015 5 min read

preferential tax treatment preferential tax treatment Many states and cities offer preferential tax treatment to certain types of businesses. This often includes a temporary exemption from collecting sales and use taxes. Recently the District of Columbia successfully opposed an effort by a local television station to qualify for such a
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NY v Sprint lawsuit for false sales tax returns progresses

October 29, 2015 5 min read

sales tax returns sales tax returns The New York Attorney General’s office recently won a major procedural victory in a four-year-old lawsuit accusing Sprint Nextel of filing false sales tax returns. New York’s highest court ruled state law “unambiguously” requires collection of sales tax on the full price flat-rate wireless
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California software is nontaxable as intangible personal property

October 20, 2015 5 min read

AT&T to BOE “Can you hear me NOW?” California’s 25 million sales tax appeal denied On October 8, a California appeals court rejected the state’s effort to collect an additional $25 million in sales taxes on specialized computer equipment used by telephone and data networks. This was not the first
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Exemption certificates need to be reviewed for validity

September 30, 2015 5 min read

Exemption certificates Do you know the validity period of your exemption certificates? Did you know that each state treats them differently and that you should review them periodically to make sure they are still good? It is a good business practice to periodically review exemption certificates
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Puerto Rico first to adopt value added tax

September 29, 2015 4 min read

Many states and localities have recently raised sales taxes in response to mounting budget deficits. But no U.S. jurisdiction has taken such drastic measures as Puerto Rico, which not only increased its sales tax rate by nearly 65% this year – it plans to replace the sales tax altogether with a value added tax (VAT). 
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San Mateo County seeks to stretch the California sales tax cap

September 23, 2015 5 min read

Voters in San Mateo, a city in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, will decide in November whether to retain a 0.25% sales and use a tax approved in a prior referendum six years ago. If adopted, “Measure S” would extend the local tax until March 2048.
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Fate of community improvement district hangs on a single vote

September 14, 2015 5 min read

Fate of community improvement They say one vote can make a difference. That is especially true when there is only one person voting in an election. Property owners in the Business Loop 70 section of Columbia, Missouri, learned that lesson the hard way as their efforts to impose a half-cent
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Online Travel Companies found to owe back sales taxes to D.C.

August 31, 2015 5 min read

Online travel companies (OTCs) faced another setback last month as the District of Columbia’s highest court held Expedia and its competitors owed back sales taxes dating to 1998 on their “retail margins” for hotel rooms sold in the district. Washington, D.C. assesses a 14.5% sales tax on the “gross receipts”
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Sales tax on groceries questioned in Kansas

August 24, 2015 5 min read

Most states collect no sales tax on groceries, meaning food purchased for home preparation and consumption is usually tax exempt. According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, six states currently tax groceries at a lower rate than the general state sales tax. Seven other states charge their full rate of sales
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Local sales tax increase to reach ballot in Modesto, California

August 24, 2015 5 min read

In November 2013, voters in the city of Modesto, California, defeated a proposed 1% increase in the local sales tax by just 507 votes. Undeterred by this narrow defeat, Modesto’s mayor and city council will again ask voters to approve a local sales tax increase on this November’s ballot, albeit only 0.5% this time.
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