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Idaho Has An App For That

Last year Idaho’s House of Representatives enacted HB 243, exempting cloud computing services from Idaho’s sales tax. However, the legislation led to more questions and uncertainty. Thus, Idaho’s House of Representatives introduced HB 598 to provide clarity to HB 243. However, based on the governmental entities’ comments and legislation many issues remain unsettled. Under Idaho’s … Continue Reading

Breaking News: USSC Denies Cert in Amazon and Overstock Cases – Taxing Tech in the News

On December 2, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear appeals by Amazon.com and Overstock.com of a March 2013 decision by New York’s highest court upholding the constitutionality of that state’s affiliate nexus law. Read Kelley Miller’s comments on this news in today’s edition of Law360 here.… Continue Reading

Give Every Man Thy Ear, But Few Thy Voice: Illinois Gets a Clear Line to Tax VoIP

Editors’ Note: The following post is by our guest editor, Michael Lurie.  Michael is a member of Reed Smith’s 2012 Summer Associate class, resident in our Philadelphia office.  Michael recently completed his second year at Temple Law School, and is a Research Editor of Temple Law Review. He is an avid reader of tax and … Continue Reading

Connecticut Legislature Considering Tax on iTunes, eBooks, Ring Tones

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee has introduced Bill No. 400—legislation that would expand the state’s current sales tax definition of ‘sale’ to include, “the electronic transfer, for consideration, of any digital product [as further defined by the bill] that grants to a purchaser the right or license to use, retain or … Continue Reading

Just in Time for iPad3? California Updates Internet Sales and Digital Downloads Guidance

For iPad devotees, California’s timing couldn’t be better. As the world (including, admittedly, the editors of this blog) await with baited-breath the possible news from Apple this morning on the next generation of its iPad tablet, the California State Board of Equalization has issued revised guidance on the taxability of internet sales, including downloads of … Continue Reading

You’re Invited! Clouds, Codes, and Crunching Numbers: An Update on Current Multi-State Tax Developments

You’re Invited! On Wednesday, March 14, we will present our semi-annual update on the state tax developments involving E-commerce and the treatment of digital goods and services including: software, cloud computing, web-based services, web-hosting, and electronic data processing. The taxation of emerging technologies is an area of tax law that is developing as quickly as … Continue Reading

eBay Again Bids on Users to Set Up Shop on Its Main Street

Gearing up for the fight to take place in Congress over not just one but three federal sales tax nexus bills, over the weekend, eBay again reached out to its users through a mass email campaign aimed to increase awareness of and membership in eBay Main Street, the Internet e-retailer’s grassroots network that “keeps [users] … Continue Reading

Taxing the Clouds – SaaS in Kansas: They’ve Gone About as Far as They Can Go…

It seems that “everything’s up to date in Kansas City”*—and the rest of Kansas for that matter—when it comes to the tax treatment of SaaS, or software as a service. On Monday, in an opinion letter issued by the Office of Policy and Research, the Department of Revenue determined that charges for a “hosted software … Continue Reading

Play On! MO Says NO to Tax on (Some) Codes & Credits

In a recent letter ruling, the Missouri Department of Revenue was asked to consider if certain video and virtual-reality game products were subject to that state’s sales and use tax. Specifically, the products at issue in the ruling request were: digital access codes printed on a receipt, which when entered on a website allow a … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania… Amazon Stops Here!

While it’s certainly not the first state to consider affiliate nexus legislation (since 2009, several states including: Colorado, Illinois, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Arkansas, New York, Connecticut, and California, have passed affiliate nexus—or “click-through”—laws), a bill was recently introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature that, if passed, would greatly expand the definition of nexus for sales … Continue Reading
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