For Immediate Release
February 16, 2005

Arizona – Proposal Would Rewrite Transaction Privilege Tax Nexus Rules

Arizona – Proposal Would Rewrite Transaction Privilege Tax Nexus Rules

Arizona – Proposal Would Rewrite Transaction Privilege Tax Nexus Rules

The draft ruling would affect Internet and mail order vendors located outside of Arizona. It would require many remote vendors to collect Arizona’s transaction privilege tax instead of the state’s use tax, resulting in a higher tax rate.

An out-of-state vendor’s sales into Arizona would be subject to transaction privilege tax if:

  1. the vendor has employees, representative or agents in the state for the purpose of soliciting orders, repairs, installation, warranty work or any other activity associated with the goods sold;
  2. the vendor maintains real or personal property in the state related to the goods it sells; or
  3. the vendor associates itself with an in-state vendor.

Currently, the above activities subject a remote vendor to use tax nexus in Arizona. Under the new ruling, they would be subject to transaction privilege tax nexus. For remote sellers, the distinction matters because Arizona counties do not impose use tax. They do impose transaction privilege tax. A seller who collects state use tax does not collect any county tax, but a seller who collects state transaction privilege tax must also collect the county-level tax.

The draft ruling was sparked by recent case law which determined that the state’s transaction privilege tax does not require a higher level of nexus than does the state use tax.

If you would like additional information on this topic or have any questions, please contact the taxdesk@thesaltgroup.com

 

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