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State & Local Tax Update - 1/13/12

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Indiana and Amazon Agree on Tax Collection
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has announced that amazon.com will begin collecting Indiana sales tax on Internet purchases under an agreement reached between Amazon and the IDOR. Amazon will voluntarily begin to collect and remit Indiana sales tax beginning Jan. 1, 2014, or 90 days from the enactment of federal legislation, whichever is earlier. Indiana will not assess the company for sales tax for other periods. See the governor's news release for additional details.

Michigan Amends Apportionment Calculation
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the Michigan sales factor numerator of a corporate taxpayer must include its proportionate share of the total sales in Michigan of a flow-through entity that is unitary with the taxpayer. The denominator of a taxpayer must include its proportionate share of the total sales everywhere of a flow-through entity that is unitary with the taxpayer. A flow-through entity is unitary with a taxpayer when that taxpayer owns or controls, directly or indirectly, more than 50 percent of the ownership interests with voting rights or ownership interests that confer comparable rights to voting rights of the flow-through entity, and that has business activities or operations which result in a flow of value between the taxpayer and the flow-through entity, or between the flow-through entity and another flow-through entity unitary with the taxpayer, or has business activities or operations that are integrated with, are dependent upon, or contribute to each other. Sales between a taxpayer and flow-through entities unitary with that taxpayer, or between flow-through entities unitary with a taxpayer, must be eliminated in calculating the sales factor. See SB 673 for details of the new law.

Michigan to Follow Federal Classification for Disregarded Entities
Effective retroactive for taxes levied on and after Jan. 1, 2008, Michigan law has been amended to provide that a person that is a disregarded entity for federal income tax purposes under the Internal Revenue Code must be classified as a disregarded entity for purposes of the MBT. This legislation negates the requirement outlined in Notice to Taxpayers Regarding Federally Disregarded Entities for entities to amend prior year MBT returns to separate activities of disregarded entities resulting from the Kmart decision. See SB 369 for additional information.

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