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Sales Tax FAQs

Explore commonly asked questions about sales and use tax. A great starting place to learn about fundamental sales tax concepts and general applications to business.

Cloud & Software Taxation After South Dakota v. Wayfair

States have been tackling taxation of software and the cloud for quite some time and this trend has continued post-South Dakota v. Wayfair. In fact, a number of major pieces of legislation have become effective post-Wayfair across the states. Let’s…

Midwest State Tax Updates You May Have Missed

In sales tax, legislative updates and law changes are a constant. It is virtually impossible to keep up with all of the changes taking place in the states where you conduct business, especially if there are more than one. But…

The Internet of Things: What Is It and How Should It Be Taxed?

The Internet of Things can be summed up as a network of “intelligent,” connected devices that generate data for automating business processes and enabling new services.

Software Exemptions That You Might Not Think Of

In this blog post, we discuss three different types of software exemptions that may be available in some states.

Helpful Links

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Tax Software

Find tax software providers that handle tax compliance, calculation and other sales tax issues. These providers offer a range of sales and use tax related services, including exemption certificate management, rate lookup tools, and more.

District of Columbia Repeals Sales Tax Exemption for Qualified High Technology Companies

Effective October 1, 2019, D.C. has repealed two sales and use tax exemptions for purchases and sales by Qualified High Technology Companies.

Washington Issues Guidance on Taxability of Bitcoin-Related Activities

The Washington Department of Revenue has issued a statement regarding the taxability of bitcoin-related activities.

Connecticut Increases Tax Rate on Most Digital Goods and Certain Software

The sales and use tax rate on digital goods and certain software will increase to 6.35%, effective October 1, 2019.

North Carolina Expands Applicability of Sales Tax to Digital Property

Effective October 1, 2019, North Carolina enacted legislation that expands the applicability of sales tax to digital property.

Mississippi Amends and Creates Data Center Exemptions

Effective July 1, 2019, Mississippi has enacted legislation that amends and creates sales and use tax exemptions for data centers.

Alabama Supreme Court Holds That All Computer Software is Taxable

The Alabama Supreme Court held that all software, including custom software created for a particular user, is “tangible personal property” and therefore taxable.

Online Subscription-Based Educational Curriculum Not Taxable in Texas

Sales of an online subscription-based educational curriculum were exempt from Texas sales and use tax since the curriculum is primarily instructional in nature.

Software Maintenance Services Not Subject to Colorado Sales and Use Tax

A company’s charges for computer program maintenance services were not subject to Colorado sales or use taxes.

Online Educational Services Not Subject to Indiana Sales Tax

An out-of-state taxpayer’s online educational services were not subject to tax because they were considered remotely accessed software.

Iowa Expands Tax Base to Include Additional Specified Services

Iowa has enacted legislation that expands the state’s tax base to include additional specified services, effective January 1, 2019.

Sales of Digital Goods Taxable in District of Columbia

Effective January 1, 2019, sales of digital goods into the District of Columbia are subject to sales and use tax.

Use of Cloud Software Services via Hotel Internet Exempt in Indiana

Indiana has updated guidance regarding sales tax for hotels, motels and lodging establishments to reflect legislative changes regarding cloud computing.

Royalties Paid for Intellectual Property Exempt in Pennsylvania

Royalties paid for intellectual property used in operating video game machines in a casino resort were exempt from Pennsylvania sales and use tax.

Software as a Service Taxable in Rhode Island, Effective October 1, 2018

Effective October 1, 2018, Software as a Service (SaaS) is subject to Rhode Island sales and use tax.

Mobile Application Program and Bundled Services Subject to Texas Sales Tax

In a private letter ruling, the Texas Comptroller found a taxpayer’s mobile application program and bundled services taxable as data processing services.

Cloud-Based Website Hosting Services Taxed in Texas

Texas Comptroller deemed a corporation’s cloud-based website hosting services taxable as data processed for customers located within Texas in a private letter ruling.

Arkansas Issues Guidance on Taxability of Digital Subscriptions

Arkansas has issued an opinion discussing the taxability of digital subscriptions.