The New Hampshire Senate unanimously approved S.B. 242 last week, a bipartisan bill that aims to protect state businesses from the effects of last year's Wayfair decision, which allows states to impose sales and use tax regulations on e-retailers and other out-of-state sellers that do not have a physical presence in the state but that do meet dollar or transaction thresholds that create an economic nexus.
If Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goolatte (R-VA) get their way, it will. On June 12, 2016, Sensenbrenner and Goolatte introduced the "No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017" which would expand the "physical presence" requirement of a similar 2016 House Bill (H.R. 5893) to all taxes and to all regulations in general.
Not surprisingly, a recent declaratory action has challenged South Dakota's bold move to require many out-of-state sellers to register with the state and begin collecting sales tax (previously discussed here). American Catalog Mailers Associations and NetChoice v. Gerlach questions the constitutionality of the economic nexus legislation based upon the physical presence rule from Quill Corp. v. North Dakota.
Recently, Forbes magazine named South Dakota as one of the top 10 states for business, particularly since it ranked number one in the cost of doing business. A new state law will likely keep South Dakota in first place for in-state business statistics, to the detriment of out-of-state sellers. Last month, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill that requires many out-of-state sellers to register with the state and begin collecting sales tax. All sellers conducting more than 200 transactions with South Dakota purchasers, or making more than $100,000 in gross sales to South Dakota, must register with the state.
Whether you are thinking about starting a business or you have already done so, the Governor's Office has established a new one-stop-shop website to assist business owners with important information they need regarding filing requirements, permits and licenses, and other important information.For more information, visit businessportal.ca.gov.
If you have ever thought of becoming an independent contractor, the following are some considerations to make before starting on what is essentially your own business:
Today the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance for financial institutions who seek to provide services to marijuana-related businesses in light of recent state initiatives to legalize certain marijuana-related activities. See FIN-2014-G001. A stated goal of today's guidance is to "enhance the availability of financial services for, and the financial transparency of, marijuana-related businesses."
With so much news about implementation of the new health care law, a tax credit benefit may be overlooked by some qualified participants. Starting in 2014, if you get your health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may be eligible for the Premium Tax Credit. This tax credit can help make purchasing health insurance coverage more affordable for people with moderate incomes. The open enrollment period to purchase health insurance coverage for 2014 through the Marketplace runs from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014.
The complexity of California income tax laws for non-California businesses is not new. Whenever nonresident businesses have income sourced to California, California will assess income tax in many cases. Public Law (PL) 86-272 still exempts out-of-state businesses from California income tax if their California activities qualify. This generally means the business' only connection to California is that of soliciting orders for sales of tangible personal properties, in which the orders are sent outside of California for approval and filled from inventory maintained outside of California (and not shipped into California by the out-of-state business' own vehicles into California). Beginning with taxable years on or after January 1, 2013, all apportioning trades or businesses must assign sales of "other than tangible personal property" under the new market-based rules. Some industries will follow the special industry apportionment and allocation regulations.
The Affordable Care Act ("the Act," commonly referred to as "Obamacare") contains currently implemented tax provisions, as well as other that will be implemented during the next several years. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the following are some examples of the Act's tax provisions: