National Firm Expertise At Local Firm Rates

State and local governments are ramping up efforts to generate additional sales and use tax revenue. The uptick in tax compliance and enforcement efforts have resulted in more audits for businesses. Often, sales and use tax does not become a concern until a company receives a large, unexpected assessment. At this stage, the company is in a much weaker position to successfully negotiate a favorable settlement. It is imperative to formulate a strategy that puts your company in control of the audit outcome.

Testimonial – Ford Motor Company

“Michael James is engaged to handle all of our of sales and use tax audits nationwide and renders services in a highly competent, technical, and professional manner. They are a trusted sales tax audit partner that is helping our organization meet its business objectives.” Dave Davis, Manager – Sales, Use and Excise Taxes for Ford Motor Company

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“Deal-of-the-day” E-Coupons- Innovative marketing tool or hidden tax minefield?

Posted by James Conant - March 20, 2012 - Newsletter

–Authored by A.J. Nezamabadi Living Social and Groupon are the ‘go-to’ e-coupon websites for discount and bargain hunting consumers. Merchants and retailers are also turning to this new form of online advertising to drive new customer traffic and increase sales. In most instances, a retailer will enter into an agreement with the site to sell [...]

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Governor Deal proposes energy tax exemption

Posted by James Conant - January 24, 2012 - Newsletter

–Authored by A.J. Nezamabadi As Georgia’s budget situation begins to improve with the recent economic uptick, Governor Nathan Deal has made scrapping the state portion of the energy sales tax on manufacturing plants one of his key policy goals for 2012.  Currently, Georgia assesses a 4% state rate on utility consumption, not including additional local [...]

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Tax Amnesty Update: January 2012

Posted by James Conant - January 10, 2012 - Newsletter, Tax Amnesty

–Authored by A.J. Nezamabadi City of Los Angeles: The City of Los Angeles Office of Finance is encouraging unregistered businesses to participate in the Volunatary Disclosure Program (VDP) and remit uncollected Business Tax on gross receipts. From October 4, 2011 through October 3, 2012, the VDP ordinance will limit the look-back period for which the Office of [...]

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Michael James Sales Tax Solutions Hires Christopher Shaw

Posted by James Conant - January 5, 2012 - Newsletter, Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Michael James Sales Tax Solutions, LLC Hires Christopher Shaw Atlanta, GA. – January 3, 2012 – Michael James Sales Tax Solutions, LLC, one of the nation’s leading corporate sales and use tax consulting services firms, announced today it has hired Christopher Shaw to the position of Tax Manager. Mr. Shaw has over [...]

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Pennsylvania Makes it Easier to Settle Tax Disputes

Posted by James Conant - December 15, 2011 - Newsletter

–Authored by A.J. Nezamabadi The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently changed their appeals procedures to allow taxpayers the option to negotiate a tax settlement prior to a decision being reached by the Board of Appeals.  Previously, taxpayers could only offer a settlement after pursuing an appeal with the Commonwealth Court, consisting of the Department of [...]

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Congress Introduces Two New Sales Tax Bills

Posted by James Conant - November 21, 2011 - Newsletter, Remote Sellers

–Authored by A.J. Nezamabadi A renewed bipartisan effort to tax remote internet sales occurred last month as two new bills were introduced in both chambers of Congress. The Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179)[1] , introduced in the House of Representatives, and the Marketplace Fairness Act (S.1832)[2] , introduced in the Senate, closely resemble the Mainstreet Fairness [...]

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Be Mindful of “Use Tax Notice” Statutes

Posted by James Conant - November 11, 2011 - Newsletter, Nexus

–Authored by A.J. Nezamabadi As state governments seek Federal Legislation to overturn Quill Corp v. North Dakota1 and also expand its state nexus definitions, it is important for remote sellers to be aware of state legislative initiatives which target in-state buyers of items where the seller does not collect and remit taxes for such buyers. [...]

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California fails (for now) to tax Amazon

Posted by James Conant - October 14, 2011 - Newsletter, Nexus

–Authored by A.J. Nezamabadi Pressure has grown on Congress for passage of the Main Street Fairness Act which would effectively overturn Quill v. North Dakota and allow states to collect sales tax from any company who sells taxable goods/services to customers residing within the state. In the meantime, states have gone ahead and passed their [...]

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Don’t Wait On The State: How Inaction Can Cost Your Business

Posted by James Conant - October 4, 2011 - Controversy, Newsletter

–Authored by Wes Davila, Esquire A recent State of New Mexico Revenue Department Decision [1] illustrates the importance of keeping up with significant deadlines, even if a representative of the Department says otherwise.  A New Mexico taxpayer filed a refund claim in October 2009 for gross receipts tax for the periods January 2006 through December 2008.  In [...]

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State Governments Reach for the Cloud

Posted by James Conant - September 21, 2011 - Newsletter, Nexus

–Authored by A.J. Nezamabadi The Quill v. North Dakota Supreme Court Decision in 1992, followed by the wave of e-commerce in the mid 90s and 2000s, had a profound effect on state and local sales tax revenues as customers increasingly purchased goods from out-of-state companies who had no legal obligation to collect sales tax. Recently, [...]

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