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New Tax Amnesty Opportunity for Online Sellers

It has been a crazy busy week here! The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) just announced its Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. The initiative is a limited-time sales/use tax and income/franchise tax amnesty program for online sellers which will run from August 17 to November 1, 2017 (previously October 17, 2017). During this period, online sellers with potential tax

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Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax – What’s so Hard about It???

As a Chicago and Cook County, IL resident, the sweetened beverage debate hits home for me.  I don’t drink much soda any more – but do enjoy other sweetened beverages – namely fruit juices.  And an occasional margarita.  And yes – these will be subject to the new tax.


A little history on the tax.  On November 10, 2016, the Cook County Board of

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Software Exemptions That You Might Not Think Of

Figuring out how sales and use tax applies to software purchases can be very tricky. There are so many factors that can determine whether the purchase is taxable or exempt. How is the item characterized? How was it delivered – in physical form, electronically or remotely accessed? And you need to realize that every state taxes software transactions in their own unique way – no two

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Hot topics at 2017 Advanced & Basics

In late June, we wrapped up our 2017 Basics of Sales and Use Tax course in Chicago. In May, we held our 2017 Advanced Sales and Use Tax Workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona. As happens every year, I was blown away by the insights, questions and comments from the attendees at our two in person events.


What did I hear from this year’s attendees? What are the topics that are keeping

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Soda Taxes: A New Trend Across the States

On June 5, 2017, Seattle enacted a new sweetened beverage tax, commonly referred to as a “soda tax.” If this were an isolated incident of a jurisdiction passing this type of tax, it wouldn’t be very newsworthy. But Seattle is just the latest in a string of major cities that have proposed and enacted a soda tax since November 2016.


This trend has been picking up steam and could continue to

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