Repeal of SALT Deduction Not Fully Supported by House

National – The House Republicans’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill (HR1) is designed to eliminate the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes for individuals. However, there would be deductions allowed for Property Taxes, up to $10,000 annually. The SALT deductions for businesses will remain in place. The House Democrats have expressed their opposition…


Multistate Online Sellers Voluntary Disclosure

Multistate – The Multistate Tax Commission and the National Nexus Program is offering a special limited-time voluntary disclosure initiative, in which the following states are participating: Alabama Arkansas Colorado Connecticut Florida Idaho Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Nebraska New Jersey Oklahoma South Dakota Texas Utah Vermont Wisconsin The states listed above will consider applications for voluntary…


Back to School Sales Tax Holiday by State

NATIONWIDE – According to the National Retail Federation, an average family spends $637.78 for shoes, supplies, apparel, and electronics for back to school. An Estimated $83.6 Billion is expected to be generated for back to school sales this year which is a 10% increase from the previous year.  In 2016, back to school spending generated…

Voluminous 2016 Sales Tax Law Changes Burdens Businesses and Challenges Compliance

Voluminous 2016 Sales Tax Law Changes Burdens Businesses and Challenges Compliance

State legislatures were busy in 2016 making changes to sales and use taxes. There were 556 sales and use tax changes at the state, local and county level, based on the annual Sales Tax Rate Report per Vertex, Inc. California lowered its rate from 6.5 to 6.25 percent; however, taxpayers saw no change in their…


Airbnb Says Yes To Tax Vacation Rentals

MULTI-STATE- Making extra money by renting out a spare bedroom or an entire home has gotten increasingly easier, thanks to online listing services such as Airbnb and Homeaway. The increase in popularity of such services has given rise to unforeseen tax liabilities and consequences. Homeowners are often unaware that they must collect and remit hotel…


RSM Law Firm Speaker Series: How to Prepare for a Sales Tax Audit!

Tax returns for income tax are required to be filed only once a year, whereas sales tax requires compliance throughout the year. This necessitates corporations, small business, and entrepreneurs to maintain documentation to ensure compliance with sales tax rules constantly. After this discussion, you will be able to walk away equipped with knowledge of how…


The new “Netflix Tax” changes how new media platforms do business

Multi-state – Netflix is a new platform that has revolutionized the way we watch movies and consume media. In addition to Netflix, consumers utilize various platforms such as Dropbox, Hulu, Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora to receive and stream original content. “States are constantly faced with the challenge of administering taxes and keeping pace…


Back To School Sales Tax Holiday

NATIONWIDE – According to the National Retail Federation, Back To School is a $72 billion industry. On average, a family spends $637.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics to get ready for the school year. Sales have started popping up and so have the dates for the Back to School Sales Tax Holidays. Alaska, Delaware,…


Potential Sales Tax Exemption for California Women

California – On January 4, 2016, California Assembly Member Cristina Garcia introduced a bill (1561) that would make tampons and sanitary napkins exempt from sales tax. Assembly Member Garcia is passionate about the issue. “This is not insignificant to women, especially poor women on a tight budget who struggle to pay for basic necessities like…