Taxing a chair, it turns out, is far easier than taxing a cloud computing service. A large percentage of state sales tax laws address the taxability of “tangible personal property,” but say nothing about the taxability of non-tangible personal property and services. For instance, how do you tax the fees associated with the right to use Internet-hosted software?

This week two of our top stories give you the latest news about how states are taxing digital goods and services. In addition, you can get caught up on the latest federal sales tax legislation, gun tax, fast food tax, and more. 

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Weekly Roundup: Taxing the Digital

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Taxing Cloud Services: How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin It Down? | TaxRates.com"How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?" In The Sound of Music, the nuns wring their hands, turn their eyes to the heavens, and ask th…
Massachusetts: the Taxation of Cloud Computing Services | TaxRates.comBack in March, 2012, the Boston Globe reported that cloud computing services were "expected to create 20,000 jobs in the Boston area by 2…
Marketplace Fairness 2013: the Opposition | TaxRates.comThere was a lot of applause on February 14, when a group of 53 senators and representatives introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 20…
Guns and Bullets: Can We Tax Our Way to Safety? | TaxRates.comIn response to last year’s tragedy in Connecticut, state and federal lawmakers are once again trying to determine how to protect American…
Nebraska Governor Steps Back from Tax Reform | TaxRates.comStanding before the state Revenue Committee on February 6, 2013, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R) testified in favor of LB 405, which …
Ohio: Progress Through Tax Reform | TaxRates.comOhio Governor John Kasich (R) began his 2013 State of the State Address on a positive note. He talked of how Ohio’s rainy day fund has go…
Nevada Fast Food Tax: Help Us Help Ourselves | TaxRates.comLet’s face it, Americans are fat. It has been well documented that Americans – and indeed people all over the globe – are heavier than we…
Washington Considers Adding Income Tax, Lowering Sales Tax | TaxRates.comLawmakers are talking in Olympia, Washington, though not all like what they’re hearing. A handful of Senate Democrats are calling for dra…

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