If you’ve been following along with our series about various states’ approach to online sales tax, you can see how multi-state tax issues can get confusing for business owners quickly.
There were numerous tax initiatives on ballots across the United States this year. One of the major tax initiatives was the legalization of marijuana and its subsequent taxing in eight states during the 2016 November election. Prior to the November elections, there were 26 states and the District of Columbia who legalized the use of marijuana, whether in the form of recreational use or medical use only. Now,California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine have all voted to allow the use of recreational marijuana. (As of now, the margin of victory in Maine is less than 1.5%, which means there will be a recount that does not affect the taxpayers.)
In 2015, Nevada’s legislature was busy enacting controversial legislation aimed at raising revenue in the state. These laws are yet another challenge for businesses.
Last year, Senate Bill (SB) 483 was signed into law by Governor Sandoval and became known as the “Commerce Tax.” This new law went into effect on July 1, 2015 and applies to businesses whose Nevada gross revenue in a taxable year exceeds $4,000,000. Under the law, a “business entity” is defined as a corporation (both S and C), partnership, LLC and sole-proprietorship (i.e., those who file schedule C), just to name a few.