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Amazon.com Will begin Collecting Sales Tax in Pennsylvania

Amazon.com Will begin Collecting Sales Tax in Pennsylvania

A spokesperson from Amazon.com Inc. stated Wednesday, that the company will start collecting Pennsylvania sales tax on orders that are shipped to the state.  This will begin 1 September 2012.  Previously, the online retail giant had refused to register to collect Pennsylvania’s 6 percent sales tax, claiming that did not hold nexus in that state. … Read More

Federal per diem expense allowance updates effective October 1, 2012

Federal per diem expense allowance updates effective October 1, 2012

The federal per diem expense allowance rates for 2013, effective beginning October 1, have been issued in GSA Bulletin 13-01.  The standard lodging per diem rate of $77 will continue to remain in effect for the period of federal fiscal year 2013, October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.  The meals and incidental expense (M&I) … Read More

New Law in Maine Includes an Attack on Sales Tax Cheating Software

New Law in Maine Includes an Attack on Sales Tax Cheating Software

Maine is changing its laws to create new penalties for several different legal infractions.  One of the groups targeted by the law are sales tax cheats, who use software programs known as “tax zappers.” These tax-evading software programs are installed through flash drives in order to  falsify electronic sales records, so cash-heavy businesses can under-report their total … Read More

IRS Issues New Guidance on Trust and Estate Administration Costs Subject to the 2% Floor

IRS Issues New Guidance on Trust and Estate Administration Costs Subject to the 2% Floor

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Knight v. Com., the IRS has withdrawn previously issued proposed regs and, consistent with that decision, provided new guidance on which costs incurred by estates and non-grantor trusts are subject to the Code Sec. 67(a)’s 2% floor for miscellaneous itemized deductions. In accord with the Knight decision, … Read More

Arizona Posts October Transaction Privilege Tax Changes

Arizona Posts October Transaction Privilege Tax Changes

 The Arizona Department of Revenue has posted Local Transaction Privilege Tax Rate Changes that will be effective in September and October of 2012.  These changes will be in Wickensburg, Buckeye and Williams.  For more information please proceed to the following website:   http://www.azdor.gov/Portals/0/TPTRates/TPT%20Tax%20Changes%20092012.pdfRead More