The California Board of Equalization (BOE) will update sales and use tax rates effective October 1, 2016, in the following cities:
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.
A 2013 law created by Governor Brown's 2013 Economic Development Initiative allows certain businesses in manufacturing or in the fields of biotechnology or physical, engineering, and life sciences to purchase or lease manufacturing or research and development equipment at a reduced sales and use tax rate for purchases occurring on or after July 1, 2014. (See Assembly Bill 93 (Stats. 2013, Ch. 69) and Senate Bill 90 (Stats. 2013, Ch. 70); and Revenue & Taxation Code section 6377.1.) The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will be the agency overseeing and implementing this manufacturing exemption.
The California Enterprise Zone credit program will see significant changes beginning January 1, 2014 due to two bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 11, 2013: Assembly Bill 93 and Senate Bill 90. A partial sales and use tax exemption of approximately 4.19% is available on up to $200 million of qualified manufacturing and research and development equipment for certain manufacturers as well as Biotechnology, Physical, Engineer and Life Science companies that conduct research and development. The partial exemption applies to purchases made on or after July 1, 2014 and will expire on July 1, 2022.