In 2020, state and local tax practitioners have witnessed the emergence of a new trend: the proposed taxation of advertising services and data usage. In this Bottom Line videocast, Charles Capouet and Samantha Trencs discuss:

  • the proposed Maryland tax on gross revenues from digital advertising services
  • potential expansions of the Nebraska and South Dakota

During a hearing held on February 20, 2020, the South Dakota House of Representatives’ Taxation Committee approved an amendment to House Bill 1284, striking the proposed elimination of the sales tax exemption for advertising services. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Finck (Republican), introduced the amendment himself. He clarified that he did not intend to tax

On February 6, 2020, South Dakota Representative Finck introduced House Bill 1284, which would repeal the sales tax exemption for sales of advertising services. The South Dakota sales tax broadly applies to sales of services, unless specifically exempt. The bill has since been referred to the House of Representatives’ Taxation Committee. On Thursday, February

On February 13, 2020, the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee heard testimony on Legislative Bill 989, which would expand Nebraska’s sales tax base to include sales of digital advertisements.

After an introduction by the bill’s sponsor, Senator Justin Wayne, the Revenue Committee heard testimony from four witnesses, each opposing the bill. The Committee also received

Over 40 state legislatures have convened their 2020 legislative sessions. Last year, states moved quickly to impose collection and remittance obligations on remote sellers and marketplace facilitators in light of Wayfair. This year, states are charting a new course – proposing legislation to expand sales taxes to include advertising services or proposing entirely new taxes

On January 14, 2020, legislation (L.B. 989) was introduced in the Nebraska Legislature that would expand the sales tax base to include sales of “digital advertisements.” “Digital advertisement” means “an advertising message delivered over the Internet that markets or promotes a particular good, service, or political candidate or message.” Nebraska is now the