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Posted March 16, 2021 by Katherine Mullen
Maryland Veto Overrides

On February 12, the Maryland Legislature overrode the Governor’s veto of House Bills 932 and 732 of the 2020 legislative session. Under the Maryland constitution, this means that the laws take effect 30 days after the override, or on the date specified in the Bills, whichever is later. As a result, House Bills 932 and […]

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Posted January 12, 2021 by Charles Maniace
Puerto Rico Enacts Economic Nexus and Marketplace Facilitator Requirements

On December 8, 2020. The Puerto Rico Secretary of Hacienda signed Regulation 2020-9237 expanding sales tax collection requirements to include Remote Sellers and Marketplace Facilitators effective 1/1/21. Businesses that have at least $100,000 in gross sales or 200 individual sales transactions during any preceding 12-month period have an obligation to collect and remit sales tax. […]

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Posted December 23, 2020 by Erik Wallin
Massachusetts Approves 2021 Budget With Accelerated Remittance

Governor Charlie Baker recently signed H. 5164 the Fiscal Year 2021 budget into law. As part of the budget bill, retailers that collected more than $150,000 in sales tax or room occupancy and meals tax in the previous calendar year will need to remit sales taxes for their first three weeks each month in the […]

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Posted December 23, 2020 by Charles Maniace
Indiana Requires Electronic Filing and Adopts New Filing Portal

The Indiana Department of Revenue has updated their filing requirements  for sales and withholding taxes to require electronic filing. Transition from old INTAX system to the new INTIME system is required for all taxpayers before Dec. 31, 2020 as no returns or payments through INTAX will be accepted after the December filing period ends, If […]

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Posted December 23, 2020 by Charles Maniace
Colorado Adopts New Jurisdiction Codes

The Colorado Department of Revenue has updated their jurisdiction codes for .XML sales tax filing. All old jurisdiction codes will still be accepted by the state (at least for now) for any existing locations. However if you will be reporting in a new location as part of your January 1, 2021 filing of the CO […]

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Posted November 9, 2020 by Daniel Kostrzewa
Pennsylvania Considers Face Masks to be Exempt Clothing

On October 29, 2020, Pennsylvania updated its guidance to indicate that both cloth and disposable face masks are clothing and therefore exempt from sales tax. According to Pennsylvania, “face masks (cloth and disposable) are exempt from Pennsylvania sales tax. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks sold at retail were typically subject to Pennsylvania sales tax. […]

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Posted September 11, 2020 by Charles Maniace
SST and CSP’s Ink New 3 Year Contract

On August 31, 2020, the 24 member states of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board met in special session to consider a proposed new contract with those tax technology companies holding the designation of Certified Service Provider (CSP’s), including Sovos. The proposed contract was voted on favorably, with 23 states voting in favor and 1 […]

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Posted August 5, 2020 by Ramón Frias
Puerto Rico Allows Cash-Based Sales Tax Compliance for Construction Businesses

The Puerto Rico Treasury (Hacienda) released Administrative Determination 20-19 allowing certain businesses to report and pay sales tax, using the cash method. Specifically, those taxpayers with 80% or more of annual revenue stemming from construction activities (as measured over the last 3 years) will now be able to report and remit sales tax based on […]

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Posted August 5, 2020 by Alex Koral
Louisiana Publishes Sales Tax Guidance for Direct Wine Shippers

The Louisiana Department of Revenue recently issued a notice regarding the application of new economic nexus rules to Direct Wine Shippers. Under the state’s existing direct shipping laws, any licensed winery, wholesaler, or retailer shipping wine into the state is required to collect and remit only the state tax. However, now any Direct Wine Shipper […]

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Posted July 14, 2020 by Alex Koral
Colorado Preparing New Tax Filing Portal

Colorado is in the process of developing a new system to manage the collection of state sales tax, local tax in all state-administered localities, as well as local tax in select home rule cities. The new system, which is supported by a company called Munirevs, has yet to be publicly released. However, it promises to […]

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Posted July 14, 2020 by Charles Maniace
Utah Announces Mandatory E-Filing For Sales Tax

In a recent note disseminated by the Utah State Tax Commission, they announced effective for returns due October 31, 2020 or later, electronic filing will be required. This applies to all sales tax returns, schedules, and related filings including monthly returns and quarterly/annual returns due after October 31. Returns can continue to be filed electronically […]

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Posted July 2, 2020 by Alex Koral
Tennessee Lowers Nexus Thresholds

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed legislation on June 30, 2020 adjusting the state’s sales thresholds for economic nexus. Effective October 1, 2020, remote sellers making in excess of $100,000 in annual sales into the state will be required to collect and remit sales tax, which is a change from the previous threshold of $500,000 in […]

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Posted July 2, 2020 by Alex Samuel
North Carolina Modifies Marketplace Facilitator Legislation

North Carolina enacted legislation to remove economic thresholds applied to marketplace facilitators. Previously, marketplace facilitators were required to collect and remit sales tax on their marketplace-facilitated sales if they had gross sales in excess of $200,000 or 200 or more separate transactions in the previous calendar year. Effective July 1, 2020, all marketplace facilitators are […]

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Posted July 1, 2020 by Andrew Decker
New Rules for Remote Sellers in Louisiana

Beginning July 1, remote sellers making sales into Louisiana must register with the Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers (“the Commission”) in order to be compliant with new requirements to collect, remit and report state and local sales tax. For a full explanation of this update, read our blog here.

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Posted June 26, 2020 by Erik Wallin
Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Set for August 29-30

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that the 2020 Sales Tax Holiday will take place on August 29 and 30. By way of a quick recap, the holiday exemption applies to most retail items with a sales price up to $2,500 purchased for personal consumption. Further details regarding the sales tax holiday can be found here.

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Posted May 29, 2020 by Charles Maniace
SD and TX Both Announce Exemption for Internet Access

In recent days, the South Dakota and Texas Departments of Revenue announced that internet access charges would become exempt from sales tax effective July 1, 2020. While states are struggling with massive budget shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this particular exemption is compelled by an earlier change to the US Internet Tax […]

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Posted May 21, 2020 by Matthew Gonnella
Louisiana Announces Effective Date for Remote Seller Registration and Collection of state and local sales tax

Louisiana announced that remote sellers selling into the state are required to register with the Louisiana Sales and Use tax Commission for Remote Sellers by July 31, 2020 or 30 calendar days after meeting Louisiana’s economic nexus threshold standards. Remote sellers will begin collecting state and local sales and use tax at standard rates once […]

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Posted April 14, 2020 by Andrew Decker
Washington Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products

Washington State recently enacted new legislation which would exempt feminine hygiene products from the retail sales tax. Washington is the latest state to exempt such products in recent years, following in the footsteps of states such as New York, Florida, and Utah who have also recently exempted such products. The new law takes effect beginning July […]

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