By Charles Capouet and Open Weaver Banks

The Kansas Department of Revenue addressed the taxability of sales of video game access codes, subscription cards, point cards, and notional dollar value cards. Initial sales of access codes that allow customers to download video games or video game add-ons directly to the customer’s computer or other device

The Kansas Attorney General issued an opinion in which it concluded that passing proposed legislation during the 2013 legislative session to amend legislation enacted in 2012 would not result in an unconstitutional retroactive tax increase. The proposed legislation, if signed into law, would define the tax basis for sales of business interests or shares, eliminate credits

Iowa and Kansas recently issued rulings regarding the taxability of cloud-based software applications and online training services. While the conclusions reached by both states—that the services are not taxable—are generally the same, the reasoning relied upon by each department of revenue illustrates the ongoing uncertainty of applying state sales and use tax laws to cloud computing services.

The Iowa Department of Revenue (IDOR) looked to the state’s statutory authority and acknowledged that the taxability of “cloud computing has not been expressly addressed by the Iowa Code.” Nonetheless, the IDOR determined that the sale of hosted software is not taxable because the Iowa Code provides that a “taxable ‘sale’ of tangible personal property does not occur if the substance of the transaction is delivered to the purchaser digitally, electronically, or by utilizing cable, radio waves, microwaves, satellites, or fiber optics.” I.C. § 423.3(67). Likewise, the IDOR considered web-based training to be nontaxable because “software training” is not an enumerated service under the Iowa Code.

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On September 1, Kansas kicked off its third tax amnesty program since 1984. Kansas enacted the amnesty program as part of Senate Bill 572, which the Kansas legislature passed on May 27, 2010. The program will run from September 1, 2010, to October 15, 2010. Unlike some other states’ amnesty programs, Kansas’s amnesty program allows eligible, participating taxpayers to receive abatement of both penalties and interest. However, in return, taxpayers must give up all refund claims related to amounts paid under the program. For taxpayers that have accrued significant penalties or interest on past due claims, but may have reasonable positions with respect to such unpaid claims, participating in the Kansas program may not be advisable.

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