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Online travel companies fight lodge or occupancy taxes in Colorado

July 31, 2014 5 min read

lodging or occupancy taxes lodging or occupancy taxes Many state and local governments impose special sales taxes on hotel rooms. Often called lodging or occupancy taxes, hotels must assess these levies against the price charged for a room. But what about travelers who book and pay for their rooms online
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Eleven states hold Back To School sales tax holidays in August

July 15, 2014 4 min read

Back To School sales tax holidays in August Back To School sales tax holidays in August Eleven states have already announced that they will be holding their annual Back To School sales tax holidays in August. Here is an up-to-date list of the dates for the various tax holidays as
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U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether a sales and use tax CSX

July 14, 2014 5 min read

tax discriminates tax discriminates Before adjourning for the summer, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an important sales and use tax case when it returns in the fall. This will actually be the second time the justices address a dispute between the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue
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Zip2Tax app for Android available for beta testing

June 03, 2014 5 min read

Zip2Tax app Zip2Tax app Zip2Tax is proud to announce that we now have an app for Android devices. It is now available for beta testing for customers interested in getting sales and use tax rates while on the go. To opt-in to be a beta tester, you must A) have a device
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Marketplace Fairness Act will replace ineffective use taxes

May 12, 2014 5 min read

Use taxes Use taxes On May 7, 2014 U.S. Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D – Ill.) called on the House of Representatives to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act. The bill passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support last year, but has stalled in the House since that time.
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Supreme Court supports click through nexus rule

May 07, 2014 5 min read

click through nexus rule click through nexus rule The Supreme Court has recently bolstered state efforts requiring remote vendors to collect sales tax. In a recent ruling, the court declined to review a case challenging New York State’s click through nexus rule. The New York law finds that a remote
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Missouri tax hike to fund transportation

April 30, 2014 5 min read

Missouri tax hike to fund transportation tax hike to fund transportation Missouri legislators are endorsing a sales tax increase to replace dwindling fuel tax revenues. The three-quarter cent tax hike passed through the Senate handily the last week of April and was forwarded on to the state House. If both
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Puerto Rico makes changes to sales tax and beefed up tax enforcement

April 15, 2014 5 min read

tax enforcement In order to preserve the status of its only investment grade bond and reduce its outstanding debt, Puerto Rico has increased its sales tax rate and stepped up tax enforcement. Tax is a logical place to begin repairing the territory’s credit status because taxes can reduce Puerto Rico’s
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Marketplace Fairness Act Update

March 24, 2014 5 min read

Marketplace Fairness Act Update Marketplace Fairness Act Update   Marketplace Fairness Act Update: On March 12, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider alternative proposals to the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which passed the Senate with overwhelming support in May of 2013. The House hearing entitled “Exploring Alternative
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Taxability of software, subject to tax or exempt? The answer is yes!

March 24, 2014 5 min read

taxability of software taxability of software While most tangible personal property has sales tax applied when money changes hands between a business and an end user, software sales are taxed or exempted based on less tangible factors. The taxability of software is treated much differently from state to state. In
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Minnesota announces free tax courses

February 28, 2014 5 min read

free tax courses Minnesota sales tax exemptions State sales and use tax basics signups now available The Minnesota Department of Revenue will be holding a series of free tax courses designed for accountants, bookkeepers, business owners and purchasing agents to help them meet their tax obligations and improve their knowledge
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Kentucky looks at tax renovation

February 27, 2014 5 min read

tax renovation tax renovation A Kentucky tax proposal that could significantly raise revenue has been sent to the state’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee of the House of Representatives. It has been suggested that the tax renovation, known as Kentucky Competes, could raise as much as $210 million more annually for
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