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Durbin to sponsor federal use-tax act

All but the smallest out-of-state online retailers would have to collect and remit a use tax to the states, under a planned federal act that Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are expected to introduce in Congress, according to news reports. In an editorial, the Chicago Sun-Times praised the concept of a national use tax […]

State hopes to push use-tax burden to consumers with 2010 tax form

By Claire Hoffman Medill News Service — April 18 may have been more dismal than usual for some Illinois taxpayers due to a new line on the state income tax form. Beginning with the 2010 tax year, Illinois Form IL-1040 specifically required individuals to report any use tax not paid on purchases made online or outside […]

Vendors adjust to healthy foods movement

By Hallie Busta Move over, junk food. Chicago-area vending machine companies are swapping calorie-dense snacks for healthier items in the wake of new legislation designed to improve food options for children. Until recently, vending machines were associated with snacks laden with sugar and fat, said Jackie Clark, spokeswoman for the National Automatic Merchandising Association. But […]

Amazon.com closes Dallas warehouse over use-tax dispute

Amazon.com reportedly plans to close a Dallas distribution center due to a disagreement with the state of Texas over millions of dollars in sales taxes, according to an Associated Press report in the Chicago Sun-Times. According to the report, the Texas comptroller’s office contends Amazon.com owes $269 million in uncollected sales tax because its warehouse gives […]

News digest: Economy picks up, health reform sticks, 1099 measure repealed

Health care reform stands, while Senate repeals 1099 provision. The Senate defended health care reform Wednesday, averting a repeal while voting to remove a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would require small businesses to file a 1099 tax form for every purchase of more than $600, the New York Times […]

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