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Massachusetts Mayors Form Massachusetts Main Street Fairness Coalition

Massachusetts Mayors Form Massachusetts Main Street Fairness Coalition

There has been a lot of recent news about online retailers, Amazon specifically, beginning to charge sales tax on online purchases within select states.  Massachusetts is not one of those states and a group of Massachusetts governors have developed a coalition, The Massachusetts Main Street Fairness Coalition, to force them to apply sales tax in their state as … Read More

Estimated Payments – Whose Job is it anyway?

Estimated Payments – Whose Job is it anyway?

Like cleaning rain gutters, ensuring the proper amount of tax is paid with Estimated Payments is something you know you must do, but it is a thankless task that no one really wants to do, much less do it every 3 or so months. The data used to compute Estimated Payment liability may originate from … Read More

Who Is a U.S. Citizen and Why It Matters: Part 2 – Tax-Related Rules for Citizens

Who Is a U.S. Citizen and Why It Matters: Part 2 – Tax-Related Rules for Citizens

In order to apply the proper tax-related rules, payment professionals, tax advisors and return preparers need to know which employees, payees, or clients are U.S. citizens, and which are not and may, therefore, be subject to a different set of tax rules and procedures. Taxation of Worldwide Income. U.S. citizens are subject to U.S. income tax … Read More

A New Excise Tax May Replace Taxes Lost To a New Energy Tax Exemption in Augusta

A New Excise Tax May Replace Taxes Lost To a New Energy Tax Exemption in Augusta

The city of Augusta recently enacted an exemption on taxes applicable to energy used in the process of manufacturing goods.  This exemption was a big bonus for Augusta manufacturers. It represents a promise to make the state of Georgia more competitive in manufacturing, which will hopefully increase corporate investments and decrease unemployment. Its impact on local … Read More

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OECD Draft Guidelines Expose Deficiency in Intangibles Analyses

The most recent OECD draft guidelines have highlighted a deficiency in the manner in which most Transfer Pricing experts prepare their intangibles analyses; specifically, in the application of the Comparable Uncontrolled Price Method (CUP). By omitting information in their analysis, Transfer Pricing experts are significantly reducing the accuracy of their transfer pricing position. Historically, … Read More

Soda Tax Wars

Soda Tax Wars

Richmond and Monterey, California, are the latest battlegrounds in the $111 billion soda industry’s fight to defend their near-perfect record of defeating proposed taxes on sugary drinks. In November, voters in these cash-strapped cities will decide whether to pass penny-per-ounce taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks to bolster municipal coffers and “fight obesity.” Approval of this type of … Read More