New York Revamps Tax Code

The first state to significantly revamp its tax code in response to federal tax reform is New York. To learn more about NY budget bill S. 7509 that was signed by Governor Cuomo on April 12, join the SALT team on April 27 for the New York state presentation. Other states like California may follow New York’s lead to counteract the federal cap on state and local tax deductions. NY established a new payroll tax and charitable funds as workarounds to federal tax reform.

Many other states are working on their tax code as well; contact our state and local tax team to learn more.

Internet Does Not Equal No Tax

An online subscription services provider requested the South Carolina Department of Revenue to rule on the taxability of internet-based platforms on which their customers stream videos, listen to music, and play online games. The taxpayer offers subscription services at a standard monthly fee depending on usage amounts and type of package. South Carolina rules that because the subscriptions or services were online activities they are still subject to tax under the communication business class.

Sales tax rules for online transactions and internet-based companies can be confusing. Contact our state and local tax team to make sure you remain in compliance.

But that’s not my car!

In a recent Arkansas Admin ruling, a taxpayers was held responsible for sales tax on a vehicle that they no longer own. The seller repossessed the taxpayer’s car and it was later found that the car was never registered in Arkansas. The taxpayer insisted that the car was not in their possession for more than 30 days. Unfortunately the State of Arkansas stated that based on the governing statutes the fact that possession of the vehicle was taken creates a tax liability.

Contact our state and local tax team for more information on this and other similar SALT issues.

“Get it in Writing” Says Arkansas

A recent Arkansas Administrative Decision: A taxpayer relied on inaccurate verbal advice from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Admin. This taxpayer had called the Department in reference to the taxability of cleaning and labor services. Taxpayer was told this type of activity is not taxable. The taxpayer was audited and the verbal opinion became the basis of the taxpayer’s appeal. Arkansas stated that the taxpayer failed to obtain a letter of opinion regarding the taxability of said services. Therefore, the auditor’s initial determination stands.

Contact one of our state and local tax professionals for more information on taxability in Arkansas and beyond.

 

Upcoming State Tax Update Webinars

Do you do business in Florida, Pennsylvania, or Nevada? If so, you’ll want to check out our upcoming webinars to learn some state tax filing tips and tricks, including starting and closing a business, common sales tax issues, and more.

 

Florida State Tax Update – May 24

Pennsylvania State Tax Update – June 26

North Dakota State Tax Update – July 17

Nevada State Tax Update – August 28

 

See you there!