By Christopher Lutz and Jeff Friedman

On December 15, 2016, the Tennessee Joint Government Operations Committee held a hearing regarding the governor’s proposal to establish an economic nexus standard for the state sales tax. Under the proposal, remote sellers would be subject to collection obligations in the state if their Tennessee sales exceed $500,000. The

 By Liz Cha and Todd Lard

Applying the “true object” test to the taxpayer’s web-based services, the Tennessee Department of Revenue ruled that charges for granting access to the taxpayer’s website for purposes of obtaining information would not be subject to sales tax. While the access to web-based services is tax-exempt as a sale of

By Chris Mehrmann and Charlie Kearns

The Tennessee Department of Revenue has issued guidance explaining that the retail sale of, use of, or subscription to a computer software maintenance contract is subject to sales and use tax when: (1) the maintenance contract is sold as part of a taxable sale of computer software; (2) the

By Mike Kerman and Andrew Appleby

The Tennessee Supreme Court held that the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (Department) improperly imposed retaliatory taxes on Pennsylvania-domiciled insurance companies doing business in Tennessee, because Pennsylvania workers’ compensation assessments were not imposed on Tennessee insurance companies, but rather on the insurance companies’ policyholders. Tennessee Code § 56-4-218

By Andrew Appleby

Illinois enacted a direct placement tax on non-admitted insurance in 2014. However, there is a strong movement in Illinois to repeal or narrow the tax. Tennessee has now legislatively expanded its direct placement tax on non-admitted insurance, falling in line with many other states, including Illinois. Previously, Tennessee imposed a direct placement

By Evan Hamme and Madison Barnett

Applying the “true object” test to software-related services, the Tennessee Department of Revenue determined in a letter ruling that optional services offered in connection with the sale of software would not be subject to sales tax, at least in some circumstances. The taxpayer in this case sells – and

By Jessica Kerner and Charlie Kearns
In what appears to be the latest in a series of conflicting rulings issued to the same company from at least seven other states, Tennessee and South Carolina have rendered their own opinions addressing the application of sales tax to cloud collaboration service. (See prior coverage ¬here: [link to

By Stephen Burroughs and Andrew Appleby

The Tennessee Court of Appeals held that the Commissioner had the authority to require Vodafone, a wireless communications provider, to use an alternative apportionment method for Tennessee franchise and excise tax purposes. Vodafone used Tennessee’s statutory cost-of-performance (COP) method to source its telecommunication service receipts. Using Tennessee’s statutory COP