A 2018 Arizona ballot initiative banned the imposition or increase of transaction-based taxes on services. A December 2019 ordinance in Phoenix increases the fee charged on pickups by on-demand drivers at the Phoenix airport. The ordinance was supposed to take effect February 1, 2020, but the city agreed to suspend collection as the state of

The Arizona Department of Revenue ruled that custom video production, marketing and graphic design services are not subject to Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT). The retail classification of the TPT is imposed on the gross receipts from the business of selling tangible personal property at retail, and there is an exemption for gross receipts of “[p]rofessional

By Open Weaver Banks and Liz Cha

The Arizona Department of Revenue (Department) issued a taxpayer information ruling stating that a taxpayer’s gross income from transactions provided through the use of computer software is not subject to tax under the personal property rental classification for Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax purposes. 

The taxpayer’s software provides its

By Nicole Boutros and Jeff Friedman

The Director of the Arizona Department of Revenue affirmed an Administrative Law Judge determination that a taxpayer must pay the Transaction Privilege Tax on sales of access to the taxpayer’s subscription-based online research service. The Director reasoned that these sales were taxable as rentals of tangible personal property—and not

By Stephen Burroughs and Amy Nogid

The Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, rejected the Department of Revenue’s request that rental car companies be granted only prospective relief from the court’s earlier decision which declared the car rental charge illegal. The voter-approved surcharge was enacted for the Arizona Tourism and Sports Authority to finance the

By Christopher Chang and Andrew Appleby

The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld a broad definition of business income, adopting both the transactional and functional tests. The Court of Appeals stated that business income includes both income arising from transactions in a taxpayer’s regular course of business (the “transactional test”) and income from the acquisition, management

By Suzanne Palms and Andrew Appleby

The Arizona Court of Appeals held that Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. (Home Depot) was required to include in its combined Arizona income tax return the income of an out-of-state subsidiary that licensed the retailer’s trademarks. Relying on R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. v. Arizona Dep’t of Rev., 229