In a 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed an Illinois Circuit Court holding that Illinois Public Act 96-1544 (The Click-Through Nexus Act), requiring out-of-state retailers to collect and remit use tax, violates the Internet Tax Freedom Act. Performance Marketing Ass’n v. Hamer, Docket No. 114496 (Oct. 18, 2013).

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The Multistate Tax Commission’s (MTC) Sales and Use Tax Uniformity Subcommittee is moving forward with a broad sales tax nexus model statute that includes click-through, affiliate and attributional nexus provisions. The Subcommittee also discussed a memorandum related to class actions and false claims acts. The nexus and class action projects are in the educational stage

While most states that have “click-through nexus” sales tax laws have issued little to no guidance addressing the scope of their provisions, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (Department) issued guidance explaining the types of payment mechanisms that will trigger nexus.

The Department’s ruling supplements a December 1, 2011 Tax Bulletin (Tax Bull. 2011-01)

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed three bills that will enact a wide range of changes to Georgia’s tax structure and procedure (HB 386, HB 100, and HB 846). These changes include a new sales tax exemption for energy used in manufacturing, an affiliate nexus provision, creation of a new Georgia Tax Tribunal, publication of letter rulings, and changes to the taxation of motor vehicles, among others. The bills are the culmination of the comprehensive tax reform effort started in 2010 by the Tax Reform Council. While the bills fall short of the dramatic changes originally proposed by the Council (which included taxation of services and groceries, and communications tax reform), they nevertheless include a number of taxpayer-friendly changes.Continue Reading Georgia Tax Reform 2.0: Three Bills Signed by Governor

With all the drama and suspense of a Hollywood movie, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB X1 28 on June 29—more than two weeks after the bill originally passed the California legislature. AB X1 28 has been controversial because it significantly expands California’s sales and use tax collection requirements by substantially incorporating all of the provisions of former AB 153 (click-through nexus), AB 155 (affiliate nexus), and SB 234 (constitutional nexus). Together, these changes combine California’s recent efforts to force remote sellers to collect California sales tax. To further complicate matters, AB X1 28 provides that these changes become effective immediately.

AB X1 28 amends California’s definition of “retailer engaged in business” for sales and use tax collection purposes, as set forth in Cal. Rev. & Tax Code § 6203, to include three new groups of “retailers” as follows.Continue Reading Nexus Explosion: California Governor Signs Bill Expanding California Sales Tax Collection Requirements

The South Carolina Tax Realignment Commission (TRAC) has released its Final Report, which includes proposed draft legislation to achieve its recommendations. As expected, the recommendations include the expansion of the sales tax base to include “data processing, software delivered over the Internet, and digital products.” In addition, the recommendations include language to expand sales tax