On July 8, 2021, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a decision holding that a retailer was not subject to use tax on advertising materials mailed to Michigan residents. The retailer designed the materials in-house and had them printed by a third-party printer, outside of Michigan. After printing, the retailer sent the materials to a

On June 3, 2021, the Maryland Comptroller of Treasury issued a revised version of Business Tax Tip #29, which clarifies the Comptroller’s interpretation of its sales and use tax on “digital products,” including software. With particular attention given to recently-effective amendments by S.B. 787, the revised version explains the Comptroller’s interpretation and application

On May 3, the Kansas Legislature overrode Governor Kelly’s veto of SB 50.  As a result, marketplace facilitators will now be required to collect sales and use tax beginning July 1, 2021 if they exceed a $100,000 nexus threshold.  The legislation also requires marketplace facilitators to collect 911 fees beginning April 1, 2022. Please

The North Carolina Department of Revenue issued a private letter ruling, concluding that subscription fees for a Software as a Service (SaaS) product are non-taxable. The taxpayer licenses a cloud-based SaaS platform for customer engagement and marketing, which customers access via the Internet.  The taxpayer charges customers a subscription fee for monthly access. The

The Texas Court of Appeals held that a taxpayer’s refund claim sufficiently put the Comptroller on notice that the taxpayer claimed a manufacturing exemption. An electricity manufacturer filed a refund claim for sales taxes paid on various types of meters used in its business. The Comptroller denied the claim, and the taxpayer sought an administrative

The Illinois Department of Revenue issued a private letter ruling determining that for purposes of the Retailers’ Occupation Tax (“ROT”) and the Services Occupation Tax (“SOT”), a taxpayer that procured marketing materials on behalf of its clients properly sourced these sales to the location of the product manager, the employee responsible for procuring the materials.

On February 12, 2021, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of House Bill 932, which subjects digital products (both downloads and streaming) to the state’s sales and use tax.

As the Maryland Senate voted 29-17 and the Maryland House of Delegates voted 90-44, the bill received the required three-fifths

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (“ATB”) granted summary judgement for taxpayer U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (“U.S. Auto Parts”), abating the Department of Revenue’s sales and use tax assessment based on a finding that the online auto parts seller had acquired “cookie nexus” with the state. The Department’s economic nexus regulation, the “Internet Vendor Rule,”

On June 9, 2020, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance issued an advisory opinion concluding that coupon clearing and processing products sold to advertisers that issue discount coupons and the retailers that accept them are not subject to New York sales and use tax. The taxpayers’ customers included both advertisers and retailers. 

The pandemic has changed the physical and economic environment in which restaurants operate. Although food delivery has long been popular for certain types of food, pandemic restrictions and consumer preferences hastened the expansion of food delivery for almost all food and meals. Food delivery can be done either through the restaurant itself or through unrelated