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How do States Tax Cloud Computing including Application Service Providers (ASPs) and Software as a Service (SaaS)?

SaaS and ASP (AKA “Cloud Computing,”) are now a very, and perhaps the most, common model for software delivery. Cloud Computing means that customers access specific software applications over the internet through third-party providers rather than through a single purchase loaded on a single computer. The sales and use tax implications of Cloud Computing are

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What Methods do States Allow for Obtaining Sale Tax Refunds and Credits?

The steps for claiming a sales tax refund or credit vary greatly by state, but the most common procedures include: Adjusting the sales reported or tax due (or taking a credit) on a following return Amending the original return(s) Filing a separate refund claim either by letter or specific form The easiest and quickest way

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How do States Tax Construction Contractors?

In most states, if a contractor is performing work on real property, the contractor is deemed to be the final consumer, or the end user of the tangible personal property used to build the real property and, accordingly, must pay sales tax upon those purchases. Accordingly, in most states, as a purchaser of construction services,

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How do States Tax Manufacturing Equipment?

The first thing you need to think about in determining if certain manufacturing equipment can be purchased tax free is what is manufacturing? I’m sure that it comes as no surprise that the definition of the term “manufacturing” varies from state to state. For example, all manufacturing probably includes some processing and/or fabrication, but not

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Sales Tax Audits

What (NOT) To Expect From a Sales Tax Audit

First, don’t be shocked that you’re being audited! You should expect a sales tax audit if you sell to customers in other states. You may even be audited by another state before you get audited by your own. In fact, the odds of getting audited by more than one state are pretty good. This is

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Will Amazon Collect Your State Taxes For You As An FBA Seller?

Maybe They Will… Someday. But Not Today, or Tomorrow, or Yesterday. South Carolina has announced that they will pursue Amazon directly to force Amazon to collect sales taxes on behalf of Amazon sellers on sales to South Carolina customers. If all states adopted this policy and Amazon simply agreed with it today, it sure would

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Statute of Limitations for Sales & Use Tax

Statutes of limitations are laws that restrict the maximum time after an event that legal proceedings may be initiated. Once the period of time specified in a statute of limitation passes, a claim can no longer be validly filed. State tax laws have statutes of limitations also. As time passes, earlier tax periods “expire” and companies

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