On September 16, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 131, a budget trailer bill clarifying a number of provisions related to the roles of California’s two new tax agencies, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) and the Office of Tax Appeals (OTA), which were created to perform many of the

By Charles Capouet and Jonathan Feldman

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that an in-state wholesaler was required to collect and remit sales tax on drop shipment sales made to Massachusetts customers. A drop shipment is a transaction in which an in-state customer purchases a product from an out-of-state retailer which then orders the product

By Maria Todorova and Charles Capouet

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation ruled that a monthly or annual membership fee that allowed customers to access various benefits associated with shopping on a taxpayer’s website—including discounted shipping benefits; streaming or downloading movies and music; photo storage; and access to games and in-game content—is subject to sales

By Maria Todorova and Chris Beaudro

Effective July 1, 2017, Indiana has added an economic nexus provision to its sales tax law. Indiana Code Section 6-2.5-2-1 has been amended to provide that a retail merchant with no physical presence in Indiana must collect sales tax on its sales made into the state if the retail

On July 25, 2017, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law conducted a hearing on “No Regulation Without Representation: HR 2887 and the Growing Problem of States Regulating Beyond Their Borders.” This hearing was important for several reasons:

  • State tax nexus legislation has been one of the

The Georgia Senate Special Tax Exemption Study Committee held its initial meeting to plan evaluation of Georgia income and sales tax exemptions by December 1, 2017.

  • The special study committee was created by a Georgia Senate Resolution during the 2017 Legislative Session.
  • The Committee will prioritize exemptions to evaluate, and then recommend whether to continue,

By Charles Capouet and Tim Gustafson

On June 15, 2017, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court held that property tax recovery charges and carrier cost recovery charges imposed by a telecommunications service provider of long distance telephone service on its customers were not subject to service provider tax for the tax years 2008 – 2010. The

By Dmitrii Gabrielov and Jonathan Feldman

An Indiana federal court remanded a lawsuit brought under the Indiana False Claims and Whistleblower Protection Act (False Claims Act) back to Indiana state court. The relator, Michael Harmeyer, alleges that Kroger and affiliates violated the False Claims Act by failing to collect sales tax on various items at

On June 15, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 102, the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017, which divests the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) of several key functions and creates two new government agencies—the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and the Office of Tax Appeals—to perform many of the BOE’s

By Liz Cha and Eric Coffill

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee held that Tennessee’s sales tax on railroad carriers for the purchase or use of diesel fuel was not discriminatory under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 (4-R Act) even though it did not similarly apply