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State & Local Tax Update: Oregon Adds Corporate Activity Tax to Tax Regime

Posted 7:30 PM by
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed H.B. 3427 into law, imposing a new gross receipts tax effective for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020. This new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) is imposed on any “person” with commercial activity occurring in the state, is in addition to all other Oregon taxes, and is not limited by the protections against imposition of state net income taxes by federal law (P.L. 86-272).
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2019 Indiana Legislative Update

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Hello, and welcome to KSM’s annual Legislative Update. You’ll find detail after detail about what legislative actions the 2019 Indiana General Assembly took in the world of tax and economic development.
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State & Local Tax Update: Indiana Follows Trend, Adopts Market-Based Sourcing

Posted 8:45 PM by
Over the past five years, many states have moved from cost-of-performance methodologies to market-based sourcing, modifying sourcing of receipts (other than of tangible personal property) and creating additional tax revenue from out-of-state service providers. On May 1, 2019, Indiana followed suit when Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Bill 563 into law.
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State & Local Tax Update: Indiana Increases Business Personal Property Tax Exemption

Posted 12:05 PM by
As is the case after every legislative session, taxpayers will see gains and losses. When it comes to business personal property tax in Indiana, taxpayers will certainly gain.
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How Wayfair v. South Dakota Changed M&A Due Diligence

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently shifted one of the foundational principles that determine how a state can tax business transactions within its boundaries. This change will have a cascading effect in the deal space. In South Dakota v. Wayfair (Wayfair), the court held that an out-of-state company could establish nexus by exceeding certain thresholds of dollar volume or number of sales into the state, a standard known as “economic nexus.” Moving forward, potential buyers and sellers need to understand the new complexities the Wayfair decision has added to the due diligence process. It is more important than ever to have deep knowledge of what the target business sells, where it has established nexus, and whether or not it has complied with obligations in those states.
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Dispelling Myths About Sales Tax Obligations After the Wayfair Decision

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It’s rare for a Supreme Court tax case to make headlines in the mainstream media, but that’s just what happened last year when the court announced its decision in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair (Wayfair). What most folks “learned” from the coverage was actually full of half-truths and myths, the biggest one being that Internet retailers like Amazon would have to start “charging customers” state sales tax on their purchases. As with most news reports about taxes, reporters did their best to summarize a complex issue, but many taxpayers were left confused about how the change affects them. This confusion is now playing out in the day-to-day operations of businesses across the country, leaving many out of compliance when they otherwise thought they were.
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New Jersey Corporate Tax Overhaul: 2019 Planning Considerations

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In 2018, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4202 into law. The bill included tax provisions that respond to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Most significantly, changes were made to the Corporation Business Tax. Later that year, Gov. Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4495, which then made technical corrections to Assembly Bill No. 4202 and clarified effective dates. In 2018, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4202 into law. The bill included tax provisions that respond to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Most significantly, changes were made to the Corporation Business Tax. Later that year, Gov. Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4495, which then made technical corrections to Assembly Bill No. 4202 and clarified effective dates. As your business begins to plan for 2019, the following information will be important.
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Indiana Changes Policy on Taxability of Documentation Fees

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Indiana has recently issued an updated version of Sales Tax Information Bulletin #28S, changing its policy on the taxability of documentation fees, effective April 2, 2019. Historically, the Indiana Department of Revenue (IDOR) has treated these fees as if they were separate from the sale of the vehicle. It treated them as fees for helping a customer title and register a vehicle with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). This is a nontaxable service in Indiana, so the documentation fees were not subject to sales tax. However, effective April 2, 2019, the IDOR will assume documentation fees are subject to sales tax if they are not “convenience fees,” a specific term that is defined in statute.
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Indiana Implements Heavy Equipment Excise Tax

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Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Indiana implemented a new excise tax on the rental of heavy equipment from a location in Indiana. The rental excise tax is 2.25 percent of the gross retail rental income. The renter is liable for the tax, and it will be collected by the retail merchant and sourced to the location from which the equipment is rented. The tax may be reported in the same manner used to report the retail merchant’s Indiana sales and use tax (INTax).
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Katz, Sapper & Miller Introduces New Partners in 2019

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Katz, Sapper & Miller is pleased to announce our two newest partners, Randy Hooper and Stephen Royster. These individuals embody KSM’s values as they provide innovative solutions and superior service to help their clients achieve the great things they want to accomplish. We congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.
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