The Illinois Department of Revenue Issued letter ruling ST 21-0001, addressing the retailer’s occupation tax and use tax treatment of a company’s fleet management service. The company provided a web-based management service for the administration, management, and record-keeping of motor vehicle fleets. The company used a Software as a Service (SaaS) model that allows

The Department of Taxation and Finance recently issued advisory opinion numbered TSB-A-20(63)S (dated November 17, 2020) in which it concluded that the primary purpose of a marketing-consulting service was a nontaxable service, even though the taxpayer’s customers had access to software. The taxpayer assists automotive industry clients in designing and launching effective marketing campaigns and

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently published Letter Ruling No. 21-05 (dated April 28, 2021) determining that an online marketplace was not a marketplace facilitator responsible for sales tax collection because it did not process payments.  The taxpayer is creating an online platform that allows a network of independent dealers across the country to make

On May 30, 2021, the Illinois Legislature passed S.B. 2066, which creates an exemption and retroactive credit for marketplace sellers for transactions in 2020 where tax was paid by the marketplace seller and the marketplace facilitator. Previously, Illinois’s marketplace law imposed a use tax (UT) obligation on a marketplace facilitator on all taxable sales

On June 3, 2021, the Maryland Comptroller of Treasury issued a revised version of Business Tax Tip #29, which clarifies the Comptroller’s interpretation of its sales and use tax on “digital products,” including software. With particular attention given to recently-effective amendments by S.B. 787, the revised version explains the Comptroller’s interpretation and application

On May 24, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Revenue published Private Letter Ruling No. SUPLR 2021-0019 (dated April 29, 2021). The taxpayer is a North Carolina based company that provides subscriptions to information hosted in the cloud which its customers access through a web portal in exchange for a subscription fee. The industry-specific information

On May 7, 2021, the Washington Department of Revenue issued Excise Tax Advisory 3223.2021, providing guidance on the proper taxation of grocery food and restaurant delivery services provided through marketplace facilitators. Marketplace facilitators that are facilitating the retail sale of prepared food or groceries through its marketplace are responsible for collecting and remitting sales

Missouri is set to enact economic nexus requirements, asserting a sales and use tax collection obligation on remote sellers and marketplace facilitators. On May 14, 2021, the Missouri Legislature passed S.B. 153, which the governor is widely expected to sign. Upon signing, Missouri will join the other 44 states and the District of Columbia

In Travelocity.com LP v. Comptroller of Maryland, filed April 30, 2021, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that the taxpayer did not qualify as a “vendor” for purposes of sales and use tax for years prior to a 2015 law change. The taxpayer was an online travel company that provided a platform to review

The Washington Department of Revenue issued Excise Tax Advisory 3107.2021 on May 3, 2021 stating that credit bureau services transferred electronically are subject to retail sales tax and B&O tax. By statute, taxable retail sale includes “credit bureau services” and the sale of “digital goods” and “digital automated services.” Credit bureau services include the assembly