The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has accepted a direct appeal from an internet retailer contesting the Department’s position that the in-state presence of cookies and apps were sufficient to satisfy the physical presence nexus standards in place prior to the US Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. The Department assessed use

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board ruled that a company that develops and sells software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is allowed a property tax exemption for the machinery it uses in its development process. The Appellate Tax Board previously ruled that the company was a manufacturing corporation, and thus was entitled to use single sales factor apportionment provided to

Following on Maryland’s heels, there are currently five separate digital advertising tax measures pending before the Massachusetts legislature. H. 2894 would impose a 5% tax on the annual digital advertising revenue from companies generating more than $25 million in digital advertising sales in Massachusetts. H. 2928 would not impose a tax directly, but would create

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board found that software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Akamai Technologies Inc. was a manufacturing corporation, rather than a service provider. Akamai, headquartered in Massachusetts, provided software-based cloud services allowing customers to manage the delivery of web and media content over the Internet. In Massachusetts, a manufacturing corporation must use single sales factor apportionment,

A Massachusetts representative has introduced House Bill 4179, a proposed 6.25% excise tax on gross revenue from digital advertising provided within Massachusetts. Following its introduction, House Bill 4179 was referred to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue for review. The bill proposes to tax revenue sourced to Massachusetts arising from banner advertisements, search engine

On June 24, 2021, the United States Supreme Court held a conference to review New Hampshire’s motion for leave that challenged Massachusetts’ taxation of wages earned by nonresident remote workers during the Covid-19 period. This morning, the Supreme Court denied New Hampshire’s motion. Because the Supreme Court declined to address the issues raised by New

The U.S. Solicitor General has filed its amicus brief in New Hampshire v. Massachusetts (here). The Solicitor General argues that the United States Supreme Court should not exercise its original jurisdiction and it should deny New Hampshire’s facial constitutional challenge of Massachusetts’ taxation of New Hampshire residents.

For background, on October 19, 2020

In a prior SALT@Work column for the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, Eversheds Sutherland attorneys Charlie Kearns and Alexandra Louderback discussed the localization of work rules that determine where an employer will be subject to state unemployment insurance (UI) registration, reporting and taxes when an employee works in multiple states.

Shortly after that

The Massachusetts Legislature has recently introduced a variety of bills that would tax digital advertising. Notably, HD.3210 would establish the Digital Advertising Local Revenues Tax, which would be imposed on the annual gross revenues of a person derived from digital advertising services in Massachusetts. “Digital advertising services” is defined as including “advertisement services on