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A new lawsuit filed by Wayfair, LLC in Jefferson County Court (Colorado) seeks to address a question left open by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2018 Wayfair decision that permits states to impose a sales or use tax collection obligation based on an economic nexus threshold:  Does this decision apply to locally-administered sales or use taxes?  While many localities have asserted that the same economic nexus standards should apply at the state and local levels,…

California’s long-anticipated market-based sourcing “guidance” is finally out. Legal Ruling No. 2022-01 provides the Franchise Tax Board’s take on how to find the market in certain business-to-business sales. Though the guidance emphasizes that a seller should look to where its direct customer receives the benefit of sales of services, it keeps with current market-based sourcing trends amongst states and directs taxpayers to source such receipts based on the location of the taxpayer’s customer’s customer. The…

On March 4, 2022, a federal judge ruled that the federal Tax Injunction Act (“TIA”) bars a challenge to Maryland’s Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax (“Digital Ad Tax”) from proceeding in federal district court, but does not bar the plaintiffs from challenging Maryland’s prohibition on passing the tax to a customer “by means of a separate fee, surcharge, or line-item” (the “Pass-Through Prohibition”). Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. Franchot, No.…

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the physical presence nexus requirement for state sales and use taxes in South Dakota v. Wayfair, 138 S. Ct. 2080 (2018), taxpayers and practitioners have questioned the extent to which the Court’s holding applies to locally administered sales and use taxes.  This question is often rooted in the Court’s statement in Wayfair that “States may not impose undue burdens on interstate commerce” and its reference to Pike v.…