MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has approved a bill that would require online vendors like Amazon to collect and remit sales taxes from third-party sellers in perpetuity, a move that would...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sales taxes collected at the gas pump would be shifted to road repairs under a budget plan approved Thursday by the Michigan House, where majority Republicans called it a...
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov Doug Ducey has signed legislation eliminating sales taxes farmers pay for fertilizer and pesticides.
The proposal signed into law Friday will cost the state about $15...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — House Republicans on Thursday unveiled a budget plan that would dedicate Michigan's 6% sales tax on motor fuel to road construction, which they said could avoid a...
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that online travel companies do not have to pay accommodation and sales taxes in the ski resort town of Breckenridge.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that changes how the sales tax exemption for Oregonians shopping in that state works.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voter-approved changes in Oklahoma's alcohol laws have boosted state sales tax collections on alcohol.
Regulations that went into effect in October allow grocery and...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is once again turning to the public to stop a bill that seeks to lower property taxes by raising other taxes and imposing a sales tax on services...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an unexpected windfall as internet sales tax revenues are coming in at a rate of nearly four times what had been projected for the current fiscal...
California governor signs internet sales tax law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic governor has signed a law requiring companies like Amazon and eBay to collect sales taxes on behalf of some out-of-state sellers.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a Republican-led effort to increase Arizona sales taxes to boost education spending (all times local):
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some legislative Democrats are considering a new capital gains tax on Connecticut's high-earners, instead of following through with some of Gov. Ned Lamont's proposed sales...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill advancing in the Missouri House would require out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on online sales to Missourians.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's sales tax collections from internet purchases are growing, even though the system still involves out-of-state retailers voluntarily remitting taxes for online...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is joining forces with Nebraska's grocery industry to fight proposals that would impose taxes on bottled water, pop and sugary items such as candy to reduce...
DENVER (AP) — Denver is joining a movement to eliminate sales taxes on feminine hygiene products.
The city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to not charge the city's 4.3 percent sales...
Nebraska lawmakers OK bill to capture online sales taxes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill to help the state collect online sales taxes in an effort to capture millions of dollars lost every year from consumers who haven't been...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have voted to reduce revenue by $105 million a year on Wednesday so they can give a tax break to some locally owned banks and exempt nonprofits from some...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska moved one step closer Monday to collecting online sales taxes from all out-of-state companies in an effort to capture millions of dollars lost every year from buyers...
Lincoln attorney defends spending on sales tax ballot issue
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln did not violate state law by spending public funds on a $190,000 educational campaign about the quarter-cent sales tax ballot issue because the campaign didn't amount...
2 Rhode Island lawmakers propose state sales tax holiday
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two state lawmakers are proposing a sales tax holiday for Rhode Island.
WJAR-TV reports that State Rep. Joe Solomon Jr. and state Sen. Mark McKenney, both Democrats...
South Dakota lawmakers debate pair of sales tax cut bills
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are debating competing measures to address the Legislature's commitment to scale back a 2016 sales tax hike.
Senate passes bill to protect businesses from sales taxes
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Senate has unanimously passed a bill to protect businesses from out-of-state jurisdictions attempting to pose a sales tax on these companies.
Online sales tax bill advances out of Nebraska committee
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would clear the way for Nebraska to collect sales taxes on online purchases has advanced out of a legislative committee.
Online sales tax collections adding up for North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Online sales tax collections in North Dakota have totaled more than $5 million since last fall.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that states can force online...
Judge denies Hawaii’s move to get Airbnb host records
HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied Hawaii's move to compel Airbnb to hand over a decade of vacation rental receipts as the state examines whether hosts have been paying the equivalent of hotel and sales taxes.
Hawaii First Circuit Court Judge James Ashford said the state did not sufficiently show that Airbnb users may have failed to comply with tax laws.
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Hawaii: Airbnb has acknowledged hosts not paying all taxes
HONOLULU (AP) — A judge should compel Airbnb to hand over 10 years of receipts and other documents from its hosts to the state of Hawaii in part because the home-sharing platform has acknowledged that the hosts aren't fully complying with state tax laws, a court filing said.
Hawaii's attorney general has asked a judge to allow the state to subpoena Airbnb to help it find which hosts haven't paid the state's equivalent of hotel and sales taxes.
Nebraska lawmakers reviewing options for online sales taxes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Now that states are free to collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers, Nebraska lawmakers are trying to decide who should pay them and what to do with any extra revenue.
Members of the Revenue Committee heard a variety of suggestions Thursday at a legislative hearing on three bills.
Some lawmakers want to use the revenue to reduce property taxes, although it's not clear how much they'll have at their disposal.
Report: Tennessee can collect more online sales taxes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is unlikely to face a legal challenge should it begin collecting more sales taxes from internet purchases, according to a new state report encouraging the state to take advantage of the possible revenue bump.
Amazon starts collecting sales tax from Alaska residents
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Amazon has started charging for city sales taxes on certain products in Alaska following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down a previous online tax standard.
Comptroller: Local sales tax collections rose again in 2018
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says sales taxes collected by local governments across the state grew in 2018 for the third consecutive year.
The Democrat releases a report Monday that finds collections rose by $872 million, or 5.3 percent, to $17.5 billion last year.
Raimondo pushing for ‘Amazon tax’ to plug gaps in RI budget
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing for an expanded "Amazon tax" to help shore up growing holes in the state budget due to lagging revenues.
The Democratic governor's budget team is asking state lawmakers to pass legislation allowing Rhode Island to collect an anticipated $11.5 million in state sales taxes from "remote sellers" who market their wares on Amazon and other internet sites.
Legislation would allow tribes to collect state taxes
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Legislation filed by Republican and Democratic leaders sets the framework for American Indian tribes in North Dakota to levy alcohol, tobacco and state sales taxes on their reservations and spend it for tribal services.
But the legislation filed this week would not exempt casinos from a state sales tax that tribal leaders have long argued is unworkable.
New governor, AG among top 2019 legislative session players
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's 2019 legislative session will be Kristi Noem's first as governor, but she's not the only state official stepping into a new role.
Lawmakers gather Tuesday for the session that will run into late March. They'll set the state budget and debate issues ranging from criminal justice to online sales taxes.
Here's a look at some of the key political players this session:
Governor pitches plan to tax more services, cut overall rate
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert pitched his plan of adding new sales taxes while cutting the overall rate to a taxpayers' group on Monday, foreshadowing an issue that could be contentious during the upcoming legislative session.
The Republican Herbert told the Utah Taxpayers Association that economic changes have significantly narrowed the sales tax base, and now is the time to act.
"We cannot kick this can down the road much longer," Herbert said.
Missouri lawmakers to consider sports betting, redistricting
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers will consider whether to collect sales taxes on online purchases, allow sports gambling and overhaul legislative redistricting when they return for the start of the 2019 session.
Actions by the U.S. Supreme Court and Missouri voters last year are dictating top issues for the Republican-led Legislature during the roughly five-month annual session, which starts Wednesday.
Gage County supervisors back countywide sales tax measure
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Gage County supervisors voted to support legislation that would allow imposition of a countywide sales tax to help pay the $28.1 million owed to six people who were wrongfully convicted in a 1985 Beatrice murder.
Board chairman Myron Dorn outlined the proposal Wednesday at his last board meeting before joining the state Legislature next week to represent District 30.
More online retailers to start collecting Nebraska sales tax
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — More online retailers are planning to collect Nebraska sales tax starting in 2019, so residents might see their totals rise a bit when they check out.
New Year's Day is the deadline for larger online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from Nebraska residents although some sites, including Amazon, had already previously started doing so.
Missouri state senator proposes cap on local sales taxes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state senator will seek during the upcoming legislative session to cap the amount of sales taxes that local governments can collect.
New Jersey raised tax rates in ’18 but dropped some too
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey bolstered its reputation as one of the country's highest-taxed states in 2018, raising rates on high income earners, businesses and motorists, and posting yet again among the nation's highest average property tax bills.
Some rates, though, like the estate and sales taxes declined.
Louisiana ‘months away’ from mandatory online sales tax
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has ramped up its push to collect more sales taxes from internet purchases, but still hasn't set a deadline to try to force out-of-state companies that sell online products in the state to remit taxes for those sales.
Sprint to pay NY state $330M in suit over unpaid sales taxes
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials say Sprint will pay $330 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the telecommunication company of dodging more than $100 million in state and local taxes.
Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Acting Tax Commissioner Nonie Manion said Friday the agreement resolves a tax enforcement case brought in 2011.
Georgia battles Uber in dispute over millions of dollars
ATLANTA (AP) — Uber could owe tens of millions of dollars to Georgia if the state is successful in a legal battle.
The Georgia Department of Revenue has billed Uber $22.1 million for sales taxes and other charges that it maintains are owed by the company.
Ride-hailing services do not pay sales taxes in Georgia. But the department says they should under Georgia law, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Senators call for help with online sales tax
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are backing a bill that would prevent new red tape from being imposed on small businesses following a court decision on collecting sales taxes from online shopping.
Utah governor wants to cut tax rate, add taxes on services
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday proposed adding new sales taxes on services while cutting the overall tax rate, part of a reform effort he said will be a "heavy lift" but is essential for the state's economic future.
Herbert outlined the idea as he introduced his proposed $19 billion state budget, which reflects a 13 percent increase over last year's spending plan.
Lawmaker wants to let Maine cities levy local sales taxes
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Portland Democratic lawmaker wants to allow Maine cities and towns to levy local sales taxes.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Rep. Mike Sylvester wants lawmakers to pass such a bill, which has previously faced opposition.
Senators want small-business protections on sales tax
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Some U.S. senators, including New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, want Senate leadership to take action before the end of the year to protect small businesses from red tape following a court decision on collecting sales taxes from online shopping.
Virginia downgrades estimates of online sales tax revenue
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia tax officials have lowered the amount of new revenue the state could bring from expanding sales taxes on items sold online.
Tax officials told lawmakers Monday that the state now estimates it could bring in $165 million a year by forcing online shoppers to pay sales tax. Previous estimates had been at $250 million a year.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this summer opened the door for Virginia to collect taxes on online sales involving out-of-state businesses.