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Arizona Court Holds that Cooperative Direct Mail Advertising is Not Subject to Use Tax
The Arizona Appeals Court held that cooperative direct mail advertising was not subject to the state’s use tax, since the dominant purpose of the taxpayer’s business was to obtain nontaxable design, mailing and printing services, and not tangible personal property.
Indiana Legislature Passes Bill to Phase Out Inheritance Tax
The Indiana General Assembly has passed legislation, SB 293, which will phase out the state’s inheritance tax, gradually reducing the rate until it hits zero during 2022. The phase out would be retroactive to January 1st.
Kansas House Approves Bill to Alter State Income Tax Structure
The Kansas House approved legislation, SB 177, which would make several modifications to the state’s income tax structure. The legislation includes changes to the state’s sales tax exemption and business income exemption provisions, formulaic individual income tax rate reductions, Rural Opportunity Zone expansions, tax credits and more.
Maryland Senate Approves “Amazon” Law
The Maryland Senate has approved legislation, SB 523, which includes an “Amazon” law and an income tax increase. The bill would add three additional tax brackets and rates and would impose a flat tax on those filers making more than $500,000. The bill also contains affiliate nexus/”Amazon” language.
Michigan Court of Appeals Finds Taxpayer Could Not Collaterally Attack Underlying Assessment
The Michigan Court of Appeals held that a taxpayer could not appeal a use tax assessment, as the sole shareholder and responsible corporate officer of a retailer, where the taxpayer’s appeal was untimely and where he was statutorily precluded from collaterally attacking the underlying assessment.
New Jersey Legislature Passes “Amazon” Law
The New Jersey Assembly has passed legislation, A 2608, which would give Amazon.com a temporary sales tax collection exemption in exchange for job creation. Pursuant to the bill, those retailers that make capital investments of at least $130 million and create at least 1,500 full-time jobs in the state would not have nexus until July 1, 2013.
New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill Expanding State’s Nexus Rules
The New Jersey Assembly passed legislation, A 2608, which would expand the state’s nexus rules by creating nexus for sellers that use in-state affiliates to perform activities to aid in business development or to maintain a New Jersey business market. Moreover, the bill would create nexus for out-of-state businesses with distribution centers or subsidiaries in the state.
Philadelphia DOR Releases 2012 KOZ Booklet
The Philadelphia Department of Revenue has released its 2012 Philadelphia Keystone Opportunity Zone Programs Booklet, which provides guidance on calculations, credits, two-factor apportionment formula, and more.
Tennessee General Assembly Approves Bill to Exempt Amazon from Tax
The Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation, HB 2370, which would temporarily exempt Amazon.com from collecting state sales tax. Pursuant to the legislation, Amazon.com will build new facilities in the state and create thousands of jobs, in exchange for sales tax exemption through January 1, 2014. The bill is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
Texas Announces Amnesty Program Slated for June 2012
Texas has announced that it will offer a tax amnesty program for businesses, during which it will waive all interest and penalties for taxpayers that file or amend delinquent tax reports and pay all taxes due. Reports originally due prior to April 1, 2012 are eligible, and the amnesty program will run from June 12 through August 17, 2012.