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Mass. Governor signs bill that ends state tax on PPP grants for individuals and business owners
Posted by Tarra Curran on Wed, Apr 7, 2021 @ 01:28 PM

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and extended by the December 2020 year-end appropriations bill provides a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. It is backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and provides potentially forgivable, low-interest loans for small to medium-sized organizations who can demonstrate expenses were used toward retaining their headcount.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, Independent Contractor, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, PPP Loan, Small Business Administration, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Payment Protection Program

Business Impacts to New England Private Companies: Follow-Up Survey Results
Posted by Tarra Curran and Larry Kaplan on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 @ 12:59 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has continued to create unparalleled levels of uncertainty across the U.S. economy and business community. In response, we conducted a follow-up survey of some of the top private companies in the Greater Boston area to determine how the impact of COVID-19 has shifted since June, and gauge how local financial leaders across various industries are currently responding to the pandemic.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, Larry Kaplan, private companies, private company, survey, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, ARP Act

7 Ways COVID-19 May Affect State & Local Filing Requirements
Posted by Tarra Curran and Ann Brown on Mon, Aug 3, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

The state and local tax implications for your business will require careful attention in the COVID-19 pandemic environment. Remote work during shutdown orders led to many workers finding themselves working for an organization from a different state. Some may even opt to change locations now that working virtually has become a more permanent option.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, state and local tax (SALT), new england state and local tax, Ann Brown, COVID19, Coronavirus, COVID-19, remote work

COVID-19’s Impact on New England Private Companies: Survey Results
Posted by Tarra Curran and Larry Kaplan on Tue, Jul 21, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

Over the last few months, we have seen unparalleled uncertainty in the economy and for companies across the world. In response, we conducted a survey to measure the pulse of financial leaders of private companies in New England as they react to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, Larry Kaplan, private companies, private company, survey, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

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

Understanding the Post-Wayfair Tax Landscape
Posted by Tarra Curran on Fri, May 24, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of South Dakota in the widely-watched South Dakota v. Wayfair case. This ruling overturned the long-held precedent of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which stood for the proposition that a state could not impose a collection requirement on a retailer unless that retailer had a physical presence in the state.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, economic nexus, Sales Tax, The Massachusetts Department of Revenue, sales and use tax, tax nexus, new england state and local tax, Wayfair, South Dakota vs Wayfair, Rhode Island Department of Revenue

How Wayfair Changed Sales Tax Collection in New England
Posted by Tarra Curran on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that a taxpayer’s economic activity could be used as the standard for whether a taxpayer owes state and local taxes. The decision in Wayfair v. South Dakota opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on remote retailers with substantial in-state activity. Prior to the decision, states followed the physical presence standard to determine whether a taxpayer would be subject to state and local taxes.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, economic nexus, Sales Tax, The Massachusetts Department of Revenue, sales and use tax, tax nexus, new england state and local tax, Wayfair, South Dakota vs Wayfair, Rhode Island Department of Revenue

Wayfair Decision and the Impact on the Sales Tax Collection Process for Portfolio Companies
Posted by Tarra Curran on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 @ 02:34 PM

The Supreme Court recently ruled that a physical presence in a state is not required for a state's sales and use tax requirements. In response to South Dakota vs. Wayfair (Wayfair), states are rapidly updating their policies to collect state sales taxes from companies that conduct business remotely.

Private equity and venture capital firms and their portfolio companies should be aware of the potential impact the Wayfair decision could have on their existing sales and use tax collection, remitting and reporting processes.  

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Topics: Tarra Curran, economic nexus, Sales Tax, sales and use tax, tax nexus, Wayfair, Private equity, South Dakota vs Wayfair, ASC Topic 450, Private Equity & Venture Capital

State Tax Implications of Federal Tax Reform
Posted by Tarra Curran on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 @ 08:23 AM

The recently enacted tax reform legislation represents the most significant change to federal tax law since 1986. But while much of the focus has been on the direct effect of the new federal provisions, there are major indirect implications for state income taxes as well.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, Taxes, Massachuetts, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, TCJA

Rhode Island Taxpayers Have Relief for Overdue Taxes
Posted by Tarra Curran on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 @ 03:40 PM

Roughly 90,000 taxpayers in Rhode Island have a significant tax relief opportunity available to them. That’s the estimated number of taxpayers who owe the state taxes, and Rhode Island is offering a tax amnesty period to assist taxpayers with becoming compliant.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, Tax amnesty program, Rhode Island, Overdue taxes

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