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Senior Manager, Ann Brown, Presented at the New England State & Local Tax Forum
Posted by Ann Brown on Fri, Dec 18, 2020 @ 05:03 PM

The 9th Annual New England State & Local Tax Forum took place online and ran through November 17-19, 2020. Due to the unprecedented year we are having due to COVID-19, the Forum’s Joint Boards made the decision to convert the 2020 live conference in Newton to a virtual conference. This year the Forum was held over three consecutive afternoons for 2 hours each day. Each year, the Forum provides the opportunity to learn about new developments in the area of tax law.

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Topics: State tax, Sales Tax, sales and use tax, state and local tax (SALT), new england state and local tax, Ann Brown, New England SALT Forum

3 State & Local Tax Implications from the CARES Act
Posted by Ann Brown on Tue, May 19, 2020 @ 10:53 AM

When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was first passed in late March to help alleviate financial strains from the Coronavirus pandemic, a lot of the media coverage focused on stimulus checks and business loans. The CARES Act also changed many tax laws to be responsive to taxpayer needs, and reversed some of the more onerous provisions that went into effect in 2017 and 2018 as part of the tax reform law more commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

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Topics: State tax, Sales Tax, sales and use tax, state and local tax (SALT), new england state and local tax, SALT cap tax, Ann Brown, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Tackling Tax Department State & Local Impacts from COVID-19
Posted by Ann Brown on Fri, May 15, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Remote work arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic have presented several challenges for operational continuity, particularly for the tax department function. Even in normal operating environments, tax departments often operate somewhat autonomously from the rest of the business. Tax departments respond to internal-facing demands that require gathering information from their company; as well as external-facing demands, such as submitting necessary information to state and local tax authorities. This dynamic has become more difficult during the pandemic, and it is worthwhile for companies to check in with their tax departments to see how things are progressing, particularly with state and local tax reporting.

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Topics: State tax, Sales Tax, sales and use tax, state and local tax (SALT), new england state and local tax, SALT cap tax, Ann Brown, Coronavirus, COVID-19, remote work

The Latest Development in Sales Tax Policy: Marketplace Facilitator Laws
Posted by Tarra Curran and Ann Brown on Thu, Nov 7, 2019 @ 05:54 PM

It is a well-known fact that states and local governments have been grappling with falling sales tax revenues in recent years. The decline in sales tax revenue is a result of a shift in consumer habits trending towards more frequent online shopping and purchases of personal services. These shifts in purchasing habits directly affect sales tax collections because historically online vendors lacking physical presence were not subject to state sales tax requirements. Furthermore, services are typically not subject to sales tax.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, State tax, Sales Tax, sales and use tax, state and local tax (SALT), new england state and local tax, SALT cap tax, Ann Brown

Court Ruling Indicates SALT Cap Not Going Anywhere
Posted by Ann Brown on Fri, Oct 4, 2019 @ 02:33 PM

A New York U.S. District Court recently dismissed a case that challenged federal limits on state and local tax deductions. Certain high tax states have long taken issue with the tax reform change that placed a $10,000 “cap” on individual taxpayer deductions for state property taxes and state and local income taxes. The opinion issued in late September deals another hit to the effort to overturn the provision. In June, the IRS put an end to state attempts to bypass the cap through workarounds such as state tax credits. It appears that for the time being, the state and local tax (SALT) cap is here to stay.

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Topics: State tax, Sales Tax, sales and use tax, state and local tax (SALT), new england state and local tax, SALT cap tax, Ann Brown

Decrease in Tax Collections Spells Trouble for New England State Budgets
Posted by Cap Willey on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 08:22 AM

Tax collections were lower than expected in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, leaving the states scrambling to minimize the damage to their budgets. New England isn’t alone in state taxation troubles. The National Association of State Budget Officers reported last fall that 25 states had collections below their budget forecasts in the 2016 fiscal year and 24 reported lower-than-estimated general fund revenues for 2017.

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Topics: Massachusetts, State tax, Cap Willey, Rhode Island Budget, state and local tax (SALT), new england state and local tax, Grafton Cap Willey, RI Budget, MA Budget, Connecticut

Composite State Income Tax Returns – Should You Participate or Not?
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

Are you a partner, LLC member or an S corporation shareholder of a multi-state business or investment fund? If so, you are probably familiar with filing non-resident state income tax returns. Many of you may be choking on complications such non-resident filing requirements add, as each state may require not just an annual tax return, but also estimated tax payments and the corresponding potential for more tax notices.

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Topics: State tax, tax, IRS, Taxes, composite state income tax returns, state tax returns, state income

States are Looking for Tax Dollars in the Cloud
Posted by Kristen Shepley on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 09:39 AM

Businesses Selling SaaS Services and Products are Facing Uncertainty Over the Taxation of Their Income

Cloud computing technology is playing an expanding role in our technology-driven economy, but no state has issued direct guidance on the taxation of income earned from a cloud computing model. Businesses employing this rapidly growing model are facing uncertainty over the taxation of their income and at the same time, state fiscal concerns create incentives for states to analyze the cloud computing environment for additional tax revenue.

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Topics: State tax, economic nexus, factor presence nexus

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