The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (“CDTFA”) issued two new special notices addressing marketplace facilitators and its new registration and filing requirements effective October 1, 2019.

In Special Notice L-694, the CTDFA reiterated that effective October 1, 2019, a marketplace facilitator is generally required to pay sales tax or collect and pay use

The shift in tax collection responsibility to marketplace facilitators raises issues regarding which party will bear the burden of any additional sales tax liability resulting from a state audit of marketplace transactions. These issues include the extent to which marketplace facilitators can rely on information provided by marketplace sellers, and to what extent marketplace sellers

In this post-Labor Day update, we wanted to highlight the following marketplace discussions to watch for this fall:

  • Northeastern States Tax Officials Association Annual Meeting September 9th through 12th in Providence, Rhode Island. There will be a panel discussion on what states are doing to tax online marketplaces.
  • Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) Marketplace Facilitator Work

The shift in tax collection responsibility to marketplace facilitators raises questions on how to address exempt sales and related documentation requirements. States generally require sellers responsible for collecting sales and use tax to maintain that (i) sales or use tax was charged on all taxable sales, and (ii) the tax collected was subsequently reported and

Marketplace collection laws are a departure from traditional state sales tax rules that contemplate a single buyer and seller. The addition of the marketplace facilitator to a transaction, as the party responsible for collecting and remitting sales and use tax, raises the question of who is the “seller” or “retailer” (hereinafter “seller”) in a marketplace

The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) held its annual meeting in Boise, Idaho August 5, 2019 through August 8, 2019. As part of the meeting, the MTC’s Uniformity Committee (“Committee”), which established the Marketplace Facilitator Work Group (“Work Group”) in 2018, provided an update. By way of background, at its April 25, 2019 meeting in Denver,

Marketplace collection laws have shifted our common understanding of those persons that are responsible for collecting sales and use taxes. Historically, sellers have been responsible for collecting sales or use tax on sales they make to purchasers. Marketplace collection laws shift the tax collection responsibility on sales made through a marketplace from the seller to

On July 1, 2019, eight (8) more states had marketplace collection laws go into effect. These states include Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. With this new wave of states, approximately 22 states now have effective marketplace collection laws with many more expected to become effective this fall.

Why

States have enacted new marketplace facilitator laws designed to impose sales tax obligations on marketplace facilitators related to sales made by third-party sellers. These new sales tax collection obligations on marketplace facilitators create the potential for class-action lawsuits arising out of unintended overcollection of tax.

Today’s Marketplace Monday explores two legislative solutions to overcoming this