Category Archives: Sales and Use Tax

Minoristas en línea cuidado con las ventas limitadas de Texas, el uso y el impuesto

Por: Coleman Jackson, Abogado, Contador Público Certificado
agosto 01, 2018

Los minoristas en línea tienen buenas razones para estar atentos al impuesto de ventas, uso e impuestos especiales de Texas. Alguna vez has oído hablar de Dakota del Sur frente a Wayfair, Inc.? Dakota del Sur frente a Wayfair, Inc., 585 U.S.____(2018) es un caso decidido por la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos en Junio 21, 2018. En ese caso la Corte decidió en favor a Dakota del Sur contra Wayfair, Inc. Wayfair estableció una regla nacional que básicamente permite que los 50 estados graven legalmente las ventas de bienes y servicios que realizan los minoristas en línea de la misma forma que gravan a los minoristas a los minoristas de ladrillo y mortero.  Cada estado tiene permiso a cambiar sus leyes gobernando transacciones para realizar su nueva fuente de ingresos. Es difícil de imaginar que Texas no aumente sus ventas, uso e impuestos al consumo para alcanzar minoristas en línea vendiendo en Texas de otros estados o países. La Corte Suprema le ha dado a los estados la luz verde para gravar impuestos a los minoristas vendiendo servicios a otros estados desde ubicaciones remotas.

Los minoristas en línea tienen una buena razón para tener cuidado con Texas para extender el alcance de sus reglas de impuestos a las ventas, el uso, y los impuestos especiales a los minoristas en línea que vended productos y servicios a consumidores y empresas ubicadas en Texas. En el pasado, en lo que respecta a los minoristas de ladrillo y mortero, la ley de Texas presume que todas las ventas minoristas o usos de propiedad personal tangible son transacciones imponibles. La carga recae directamente sobre los hombros de los minoristas de ladrillo y mortero para mostrar que las ventas estaban de alguna manera exentas de impuestos sobre ventas, uso e impuestos especiales. Los minoristas de ladrillo y mortero están obligados por la ley a cobrar el impuesto y entregarlo al estado de Texas de conformidad con las normas y reglamentos establecidos.  Estas reglas y cargos seguramente se extenderán a los minoristas en línea en un futuro no muy lejano cuando la Legislatura de Texas haya tenido la oportunidad de visitar el tema después de la decisión de South Dakota vs. Wayfair.

Los minoristas en línea deben observar, esperar, y planificar sus actividades comerciales con anticipación, porque los días en que los minoristas en línea que venden a los consumidores en Texas están contados. El Contador de Cuentas Públicas de Texas es la agencia gubernamental de Texas responsable de hacer cumplir las reglas de impuestos a las ventas en Texas. Los minoristas en línea deben realizar la debida diligencia y cumplir con la Ley de impuestos sobre ventas, uso e impuestos de Texas Limited a través de la divulgación voluntaria y los registros correspondientes. Mire porque las autoridades fiscales vienen cuando usted no espera. Mire nuestros blogs para actualizaciones futuras sobre otros asuntos de impuestos, litigios, e inmigración de interés para nuestros lectores.

Este blog de derecho está escrito por  La Firma de Abogados de Impuestos | Litigación  | Inmigración de Coleman Jackson, P.C. con fines educativos; Esto no crea relación de abogado-cliente entre esta firma de abogados y el lector. Usted debe consultar con un asesor legal en su área geográfica con respecto a todas las cuestiones legales que lo afectan a usted, su familia o negocio.

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ONLINE RETAILERS LOOK OUT FOR TEXAS LIMITED SALES, USE & EXCISE TAX

By:  Coleman Jackson, Attorney, Certified Public Accountant
July 27, 2018

Online retailers have good reason to look out for the Texas Limited Sales, Use & Excise Tax.  Have you ever heard of South Dakota versus Wayfair, Inc.?    South Dakota vs. Wayfair, Inc., 585 U.S. ____ (2018) is a case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 21, 2018.  In that case the Court decided in favor of South Dakota and against Wayfair, Inc.  Wayfair establishes a nationwide rule that basically allows all 50 States to lawfully tax the sales of goods and services performed by online retailers the same as they tax brick and mortar retailers.    Each State is permitted to change its laws governing transactions to realize this new source of revenue.  It is hard to imagine that Texas would not extend its sales, use and excise taxes to reach online retailers selling into Texas from other States or Countries.  The U.S. Supreme Court has given the States a green light to tax online retailers selling goods and services into their States from remote locations.

Online retailers have good reason to look out for Texas to extend the reach of its sales, use & excise tax rules to online retailers selling goods and services to consumers and businesses located in Texas.  In the past as it relates to brick and mortal retailers, Texas law presumed that all retail sales or uses of tangible personal property are taxable transactions.  The burden rested squarely on the shoulders of the brick and mortar retailers to show that sales were somehow exempt from sales, use and excise taxes.  Brick and mortar retailers are required by law to collect the tax and turn it over to the State of Texas pursuant to set rules and regulations.  These rules and burdens are most surely to extend to online retailers in the not so distant future when the Texas Legislature has had a chance to visit the issue after the South Dakota vs. Wayfair, Inc. decision.

Online retailers ought to watch, wait and plan their business activities in anticipation because the days when online retailers selling to consumers in Texas are numbered.    The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is the Texas governmental agency responsible for enforcing the sales tax rules in Texas.  Online Retailers need to perform due diligence and comply with Texas Limited Sales, Use & Excise Tax Act through voluntary disclosure and appropriate registrations.  Watch because the tax authorities cometh when you expect not.  Watch our blogs for future updates on this very important topic and other tax, litigation and immigration concerns of interest to our readers.

This law blog is written by the Taxation | Litigation | Immigration Law Firm of Coleman Jackson, P.C. for educational purposes; it does not create an attorney-client relationship between this law firm and its reader.  You should consult with legal counsel in your geographical area with respect to any legal issues impacting you, your family or business.

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Immigrant Tax Alert – Tax Scam Targets Immigrants

Blog By: Coleman Jackson, PC

Immigration & Tax Law Firm

Firm Site www.cjacksonlaw.com

 

October 31, 2013

Today the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned of an insidious, sophisticated telephone tax scam targeting consumers (immigrants and recent arrivals to the United States may be particularly besieged), throughout the United States.  The IRS described the fraudulent activities in Issue Number:  IR-2013-84 as follows:

“Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.”

The IRS further described the current tax scam as follows:

“Other characteristics of this scam include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.

After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.”

Immigrants are particularly vulnerable.  They are in a new land and may be very unfamiliar with the tax laws, tax collection practices and taxing policies of the federal, state and local government.  They may not even be familiar with all of the various taxing authorities.  Immigrants must be especially vigilant and on the alert for tax scams.  But they also must be aware that, in the United States, there are various governmental units who might be charged with assessing and collecting various types of legitimate taxes.  Every communication that may be received concerning a tax issue is not a scam.

Taxing authorities do not ask for personal information such as social security numbers, banking account information and other personal data over the phone, through social media or via tech messaging  or instant messaging or through electronic mail to taxpayers.   If you receive communications through these media you should immediately be on high tax alert.  It would be very unusual for either the federal, state or local government to ask for personal confidential information through these media.  Government correspondence will typically be mailed to you using the United States Postal Service.    The mail will typically be sent to your last known residential address or business address.  If the mail is received anywhere else or otherwise looks suspicious, be on high tax alert.  If you receive information requests through these types of media or other suspicious circumstances, you should be extremely careful.  Consider these guidelines:

DON’TS:

  1. Never give out personal information, such as, your social security number, or bank account details in response to telephone request, emails, texts or social media requests;
  2. Never agree to meet with the caller in person at the instruction of the caller;
  3. Never pay an alleged tax debt with cash at the instruction of the caller;
  4. Never wire transfer any money to the caller or by instruction of the caller;
  5. Never turn over anything else of value to the caller or anyone else as instructed by the caller;

DO’S:

  1. Contact  directly the federal, state or local governmental authorities and report the incident-
    1. Federal Tax Issues—call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484;
    2. State Tax Issues—  in Texas, call the Texas Comptroller’s Office at  1-800-252-5555 (Sales & Use Tax Issues) or 1-800-252-1381 for (Franchise Tax Issues);
    3. Local Tax Issues— call your city or county tax collector; in Dallas County call 1-214-653-7811.  Call the county tax office where you reside with any questions regarding local tax issues, such as, property taxes.

If you are still confused after contacting the federal, state or local governmental authorities or you just don’t know what to do, contact a tax attorney.  You might also be able to get some guidance from local non-profit organizations, churches and other institutions.  Some area law schools may have tax clinics available for immigrant taxpayers.

Bottom line, as an immigrant taxpayer in America, you do not have to suffer tax harassment in silence or under individual or community siege.  Reach out as we have outlined above to seek help when you suspect that you, your family or community are victims of tax scams.

This blog is written to inform and for educational purposes only.  It is not given as legal advice and does not create an attorney client relationship.  You should consult an attorney for any particular matter pertaining to your facts and circumstances.

COLEMAN JACKSON, P.C.

Immigration & Tax Law Firm

6060 North Central Expressway, Suite 443

Dallas, Texas 75206

Office Phone:  (214) 599-0431 (English)   (214) 599-0432 (Spanish)