Texas provides tax extensions for tornado victims.
The 16 tornadoes that struck North Texas earlier this month were fierce and deadly. It will take time, energy, and resources to rebuild the communities of Ellis, Hood and Johnson Counties*, which Governor Rick Perry (R) has declared a state of disaster.
In an attempt to alleviate worry for tornado victims, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has announced that taxpayers in these counties “may request extensions up to 90 days to file state tax returns due in May, June and July.” Continue reading
California wants your pets to get good, affordable, health care.
Dog owners know that their dog is a full member of the family. Cat owners feel the same (while recognizing the inherent need for feline independence). When our pets fall ill, we want them to receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, as with human health care, pet heath care is expensive–and sometimes decisions are swayed by fiscal concerns.
A California lawmaker and the CA State Board of Equalization want to reduce those costs by exempting from sales and use taxes many medications used in the treatment of animals, provided those medications are prescribed and administered by a licensed veterinarian. Veterinarians are currently required to pay sales or use tax on purchases of both drugs and medicines, and those costs are passed on to the consumer. The exemption would eliminate that extra cost. Continue reading
Dream of renting a motorcycle? Remember to figure in sales tax in Maryland.
Ever rent a motorcycle? It’s fun, if a bit daunting for neophytes. And in Maryland, it’s now also taxable.
Maryland lawmakers have decided that certain motorcycles should be included “in the definition of ‘short-term vehicle rental’ for purposes of determining the sales and use tax rate….” Continue reading
Alabama: erasers are tax exempt during the 2013 back-to-school sales tax holiday.
Hold on to your binders. More Alabama localities have let the Alabama Department of Revenue know whether or not they will participate in the August 2-4, 2013, Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Continue reading
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Florida: legal pads and composition books are eligible for the August sales tax holiday.
Florida will have a 3 day sales tax holiday this year, as it did in 2012. The sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m., August 2, and conclude August 4 at 11:59 p.m.
The Florida Department of Revenue has not yet announced the upcoming August sales tax holiday, but it will undoubtedly do so as the date approaches. Continue reading
Michigan Sales Tax Rule Changes. Detroit’s Renaissance Center. Renaissance = Rebirth. Rebirth = Change.
One of the most challenging aspects of sales and use tax compliance is tracking the numerous sales tax rate and rule changes that occur each month, in each jurisdiction. Case in point: recent changes to Michigan Sales and Use Rules, as adopted by the Michigan Department of Treasury.
Effective May 6, 2013, the following Sales Tax Rules have been amended: Continue reading
Michigan sets new sales tax rate for prepaid fuel.
Pursuant to the Michigan General Sales Tax Act, MCL 205.56a, which took effect on April 1, 2013, the sales tax prepayment rates for gasoline and diesel fuel are determined on a monthly basis. Rates must be published by the Department of Treasury no later than the 10th of each month. Prepayment rates were previously established on a quarterly basis.
The General Sales Tax Act also expanded the definition of “fuel” to include diesel fuel. Continue reading
New York: new sales and use tax exemption for CNG used in vehicles.
New York Tax Law now allows a sales and use tax exemption for natural gas purchased under certain conditions. The exemption applies to sales on or after June 1, 2013. It expires August 31, 2014.
A technical memorandum issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance explains the exemption, which applies to “natural gas that is purchased in an uncompressed state and that will be converted into CNG [compressed natural gas] and used or sold for use or consumption directly and exclusively in the engine of a motor vehicle.” Continue reading
Maryland lawmakers consider sales tax exemption for college and university textbooks.
“In Maryland, we strongly believe that the education of our students must be a priority,” says Governor Martin O’Malley (D). Maryland’s commitment to student achievement has paid off: the state earned Education Week Magazine’s praise as the nation’s number one public school system in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The governor attributes that success in part to the fact that “education funding has been a top priority.”
In addition to strong funding, Maryland schools benefit from sales and use tax exemptions. The number of exemptions is growing, and may grow further still. Continue reading
New tax for Atwater, California. Effective July 1, 2013.
The City of Atwater, in Merced County, California, will have a new district tax, effective July 1, 2013.
The tax increase was approved by voters during a special election in early March. Continue reading