On Monday, July 27, the Senate Finance Committee released draft legislative provisions (“COVID-19 Bill”) regarding the next iteration of Coronavirus relief. Somewhat surprisingly, the provisions include the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act of 2020, which was introduced earlier this year as S. 3995 by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jon Thune (R-SD). S. 3995 appears to be based on S. 604, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act (“Mobile Workforce Act”), which was…
Many employees continue to telecommute due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As discussed in our previous blog post on state tax nexus and apportionment issues, out-of-state employers may need to consider whether a telecommuting employee’s activities could create nexus, exceed Public Law 86-272 protections, or impact the employer’s state income tax apportionment factor (particularly in states with a payroll factor or a sales factor where receipts are sourced based on cost of performance).
Riot Games, Inc. (“Riot”) is the developer and publisher of League of Legends (“LoL”), a popular multiplayer online battle arena game. In LoL, two teams of five players each battle to destroy each other’s Nexus, or base. Players control characters that have various different attacks and abilities. Each team also has minions that stream towards the other team’s base, and each team attempts to protect their base by attacking other characters and pushing their own minions forward and stopping the other team’s minions from advancing. In 2018, Riot had a version of the game called Nexus Blitz. Although Riot hasn’t brought back Nexus Blitz since 2018, it has had to deal with another nexus attack from Washington State.
Many employees are now telecommuting due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In our previous blog post, we discussed employers’ potential withholding issues as a result of employees working remotely. In this blog post, we will discuss potential nexus and apportionment issues due to employees working remotely.