Legislation

Internet Tax Freedom Secured

President Obama has signed H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, into law. In so doing, he has made permanent the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA).

Section 922 of the bill creates a “permanent moratorium on Internet access taxes and on multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.” It reads: […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

CrossFit Isn’t like Watching a Movie

In Missouri, watching a movie at a theater, learning how to tap dance, and doing burpees at a CrossFit gym are all considered to be forms of entertainment. And when you pay for entertainment in Missouri, the charge is generally subject to sales tax.

Many people, particularly those involved with gyms and dance studios, point out that fitness classes are not quite the same as watching a movie or listening to a concert. They may be fun, even entertaining, but that’s not their point. As the owner of one CrossFit gym said, “How can you place eating popcorn in a movie theater under the same category of CrossFit training?” (News-Press Now.)

At least one lawmaker agrees. Senator Bob Dixon (R) has introduced several bills seeking to create a sales tax exemption for fitness facilities, gyms and dance studios — most recently S.B. 706. […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

The Year of the Tampon Exemption

Update 9.14.16: California Governor Brown has vetoed legislation that would have created an exemption for feminine hygiene products. Learn more.

Update 7.22.2016: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the legislation exempting feminine hygiene products from state and local sales taxes, calling it “a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long.” He  added that “lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice.” The exemption takes effect on September 1.

It’s the Year of the Monkey for adherents of the Chinese Zodiac. For the United Nations, it’s the International Year of the Pulses. But with respect to sales tax, 2016 may be the Year of the Tampon Exemption.

In recent years, the need to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales and use tax or value added tax (VAT) has been raised around the globe. It’s been discussed in Australia and Great Britain, Canada and France. It was only a matter of time before it reached the desks of state lawmakers.

During the first weeks of 2016, lawmakers in California and Utah introduced legislation seeking sales and use tax exemptions for feminine hygiene products. Similar bills have also been introduced in Connecticut, New York, Mississippi and Ohio. […]

By |February 15th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

Georgia Seeks Ticket Exemption to Secure Super Bowl

Update 3.3.2016: The House has approved HB 951. It is pending in the Senate.

In the wake of Super Bowl 50, Georgia lawmakers are working to secure Atlanta as host to a future Super Bowl. To that end, they’ve introduced House Bill 951, which seeks to exempt Super Bowl tickets from sales taxes.

The exemption wouldn’t just be for the Super Bowl. House Bill 951 would create a new exemption “for admissions to major sporting events.” The measure defines these as follows: […]

By |February 11th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

Call to Reduce Kansas Food Tax

There are 105 counties in Kansas, and 40 of them share at least one border with a neighboring state: Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska or Oklahoma. That means it’s easy for many Kansans to cross into another state for staples like groceries, which are subject to a 6.5% sales tax rate in Kansas (plus applicable local taxes) — the highest in the region.

The tax on food ingredients/staples is lower in surrounding states: […]

By |February 11th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

Exemption Sought for Girl Scout Cookies in Idaho

Girl Scout Cookies are exempt from sales and use tax in all but two states: Hawaii and Idaho. Should […]

By |February 10th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

Exemption Sought for Michigan College Students

Legislation currently under review in Michigan would exempt from sales and use tax certain higher education textbooks.

As introduced, House […]

By |February 10th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

Utah: Exemption Sought for Diapers, Tampons

Update, 6.28.2016: HB 202 was put in the House file for bills not passed on March 10, 2016.

Every little bit helps. That’s the opinion of Representative Susan Duckworth (D), who is sponsoring legislation that would exempt certain incontinence and feminine hygiene products from Utah sales and use tax.

House Bill 202 would exempt the following items, when advertised for incontinence care: […]

By |February 3rd, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

Kansas Food Fight

Groceries in more than two dozen states are exempt from sales tax. Several states subject them to a reduced rate. The full sales tax rate applies to groceries in Kansas and its neighbor Oklahoma, but if certain Kansas lawmakers have their way this session, the rate will decrease in Kansas.

The back-story […]

By |January 13th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|

Will Florida Cut Tax on Commercial Leases?

Governor Rick Scott of Florida is seeking to reduce the tax on commercial leases, which he called an “unfair tax” in his State of the State speech. Florida is one of the only states in the country that collects sales tax on commercial leases. […]

By |January 13th, 2016|Legislation|0 Comments|