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Paper or Plastic: More Washington Cities Are Saying “No Thanks!”

In an effort to combat the often devastating effect of unnecessary litter and protect clean waterways and wildlife, several localities around the state of Washington have turned to plastic bag bans and fees on single use paper bags to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags. The majority of Washington localities with single use bag […]

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Tackling the big task of ACA reporting

Tax information reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is understandably confusing. There are new obligations, and many internal stakeholders within an organization could be seen as responsible for some part of the ACA reporting process. There are a lot of new forms that need to be processed and mailed. Some of these forms include […]

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Recent Indirect Tax Changes in the Crimean Peninsula

While most of us have been watching with close interest the events that have been unfolding in the Ukraine over the past few months, Taxware has been paying particularly close attention to the potential indirect tax ramifications of the shifting political landscape. The changes for taxpayers located in the region of Crimea and in the […]

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Nuances of State Reporting Series, No. 1: Electronic Reporting Requirements

State reporting can be an arduous task. Each state has an ‘Employer Withholding Guide’ (or a similar framework for instructions) that provides information regarding payment and reporting of the withholding tax which is unique to that state. The challenges of state reporting can be boiled down to the following premise: the information detailed in state […]

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ACA challenge: Which internal department will be responsible for ACA reporting?

Tax information reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that insurance providers and large employers with 50 or more full-time employees report to the IRS on their health coverage offerings for their members and employees. Some of these companies are experiencing confusion regarding when reporting is necessary – and many are scrambling to determine which internal department will […]

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The Headaches of Calculating Transaction Tax on a Lease

How to Calculate Tax on a Lease Most people are familiar with leasing a car, but did you also know you can lease an airplane, a copier, or a computer? Leasing is commonly defined as an agreement between a lessor and a lessee, where the lessor conveys the right to use an asset for an […]

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IRS official discusses complex ACA tax information reporting obligations

Tax reporting for large employers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enforces Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 4980H, the employer mandate of the health care law. According to Bloomberg BNA, Stephen Tackney, IRS deputy associate chief counsel of employee benefits, says that many are wondering why so much reporting is necessary. “We still get questions why all […]

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What is this 8% tax in Chicago?

One of the most common sales tax questions, heard over and over from businesses providing products and services in Illinois is – What is this 8% tax in Chicago? That 8% tax is the Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax. The tax applies to personal property leases or rentals in Chicago, or to personal property […]

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ACA challenge: Will insurance companies take on ACA reporting for their clients?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will present many challenges for businesses due to the new tax information reporting responsibilities. Some have pondered whether insurance companies will provide ACA reporting services to these businesses, especially for their self-insured clients. Self-insured companies will be reporting as both insurers and employers. Therefore, they will be required to do […]

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Massachusetts income tax laws could hinder new casinos

Several companies are vying for one of the first casino licenses to be made available in Massachusetts. Two of the competitors, Las Vegas-based Wynn and MGM, are appealing to legislators to amend the state’s income tax laws, which according to Wynn and MGM, will be bad for business. According to The Associated Press, the two […]

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ACA reporting: Challenges that lie ahead for insurance companies

Among the businesses to have new tax information reporting responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurers could be faced with a broad range of new challenges. Given their status as both insurers and employers, their reporting obligations are two-fold. Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 6055 and 6056 establish the new information reporting responsibilities for ACA. […]

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Cloud Computing in Idaho

Last year, Governor Butch Otter signed a bill that was intended to exempt cloud computing services. The Idaho Tax Commission narrowly interpreted the legislation, which effectively taxed many types of software services. Otter did not believe this followed the intent of the legislation, so earlier this month he

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2000+ Tax Rate Changes in Less Than 1 Year! Are You Keeping Track?

Businesses are a major revenue source for taxing authorities in the U.S. and around the world, and the taxability issues are particularly tricky. Sales and use tax changes have a tremendous impact on every business’ ability to remain compliant with every jurisdiction; and rules are being added and changed every day. Download our Infographic to learn more about those […]

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Tax Complexities for the Publications Industry

Reading is unquestionably fundamental, but the taxation of reading material is anything but that. Organizations that sell publications (newspapers, magazines, books, and alike) face a variety of taxation challenges both domestically and internationally. Those challenges are only growing as we continue to move into the electronic age where print media yields to its digital equivalent. […]

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Illinois Sourcing Changes Due to Hartney Decision

IIllinois, as well as Chicago, generally follows origin based sourcing. Illinois Dept. of Rev. General Information Letter ST 00-0020-GIL, 01/26/2000. Until the recent Illinois Supreme Court Hartney decision, which we will discuss below, Illinois law provided that a sale is sourced to the seller’s place of business that: Makes a complete and unconditional offer to […]

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Software Taxability 101

The high-tech software sector is a major revenue source for taxing authorities in the United States and around the world, but the taxability issues faced by vendors in this space can be particularly tricky. Just ten years ago, determining the taxability of software was very straight forward.  Most software was delivered on a tangible medium […]

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Medical Devices Taxes

 There is a strong public policy interest in promoting good health with many states applying sales tax exemptions or reduced rates on medical devices in order to support this policy. At the same time, states are looking to bolster their tax revenue and are sometimes inclined to interpret their medical-related sales tax rules strictly. While […]

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15 Interestingly Unusual Tax Laws

  Dead people in Ohio get a tax break because applying makeup in a mortuary is tax-free, while applying makeup in a beauty salon is subject to sales tax. In Kentucky, stud fees for breeding a stallion to a mare is subject to sales tax. Taxes collected are distributed into three funds administered by the […]

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