Jonathan C. Hague

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Jonathan C. Hague focuses his practice on state and local tax matters. He assists businesses and individual taxpayers with state and local tax controversies, compliance and multistate planning opportunities across a variety of tax types, including income, sales and use, and tax credits. Jonathan also works closely with several of the Firm’s taxpayer coalitions focused on specific state tax policy issues such as the taxation of digital goods and services. Read Jonathan Hague's full bio.

Following Maryland’s Lead? We Guess Everyone Wants to Go to Court. Icy Challenges to Nebraska’s Advertising Services Tax Act Start to Emerge


By , and on Jan 18, 2024
Posted In Constitutional Issues, Nationwide Importance, Nebraska, Sales Tax, Tax Base

Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen’s ambitious plan to provide $2 billion in property tax relief via an increase in the sales tax rate and an expansion of the sales tax base is stirring significant debate. Part of his proposal is embodied in the newly introduced Legislative Bills 1310 and 1354, known as the “Advertising Services Tax...

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Massachusetts Department of Revenue Releases Guidance on a De Minimis Exception for Use Tax on Rolling Stock


By , and on Mar 28, 2023
Posted In Audits, Local Tax, Massachusetts, Nationwide Importance, Sales Tax

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) recently released Directive 23-1, which outlines the conditions for a de minimis exception where the Commissioner will not require a taxpayer to pay the use tax for rolling stock used or stored within the state. This directive comes at a time when the DOR is auditing many companies that...

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Fatally Flawed? Illinois Municipal League’s Model Streaming Subscription Tax


By , , and on Aug 24, 2022
Posted In Illinois, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance

The Illinois Municipal League (IML) represents the interests of 219 home rule municipalities in Illinois.[1] The IML recently released a revised draft model, “Municipal Streaming Tax Ordinance,” (the model) for use by the home rule municipalities in imposing an “amusement tax” on, inter alia, music and video streaming services and online gaming.[2] If the subscriber’s...

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New Mexico Proposes Regulations Addressing Gross Receipts Tax Treatment of Digital Advertising Services


By , , , and on Aug 11, 2022
Posted In Allocation/Apportionment, Constitutional Issues, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, New Mexico, Sales Tax, Tax Base, Transaction Taxes

On August 9, 2022, the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department published proposed regulations addressing the gross receipts tax (New Mexico’s version of a sales tax) treatment of digital advertising services. The Department states the proposed regulations do not reflect a change in policy but instead ensure the rules are consistent for all advertising platforms....

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State False Claims Acts: “Knowing” Why They Matter for Tax Professionals


By , and on May 12, 2022
Posted In False Claims Act, Nationwide Importance

Like the federal government, many states have adopted False Claims Act (FCA) provisions that exclude tax matters from coverage. The federal model makes clear that matters under the Internal Revenue Service are not covered by the law,[1] and in the vast majority of cases, states also explicitly exclude tax from coverage.[2] However, there is a...

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Maryland Comptroller Adopts Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax Regulations


By , and on Dec 3, 2021
Posted In Allocation/Appointment, Constitutional Issues, Maryland, Nationwide Importance, Procedure

On December 3, 2021, the Maryland Comptroller published notice of its adoption of the digital advertising gross revenues tax regulations (which was originally proposed on October 8, 2021). Per the Maryland Administrative Procedure Act, the final adopted regulations will go into effect in 10 calendar days, or December 13, 2021. (See Md. Code Ann., State...

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Texas Comptroller Announces Medical or Dental Billing Services are Not Taxable, Effective Immediately


By and on Jul 29, 2021
Posted In Insurance Tax, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, Sales Tax, Texas

On June 4, 2021, the Texas Comptroller issued a policy statement (Accession No. 202106003L) announcing that it is not going to enforce its previously stated policy of taxing medical billing services. This guidance comes in response to a sales and use tax bill that was signed into law April 30, 2021, which excluded “medical or...

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Approves Sales Tax Apportionment for Software


By , , and on May 25, 2021
Posted In Allocation/Appointment, Constitutional Issues, Local Tax, Massachusetts, Nationwide Importance, Sales Tax

On May 21, 2021, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision affirming the Massachusetts Tax Appeal Board’s decision in favor of Microsoft and Oracle, ruling that the companies may apportion sales tax to other states on software purchased by a Massachusetts company from which the software was accessed and seek a tax refund. The...

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Indiana Tax Court Upholds Pharmacy Benefit Management Costs of Performance Approach


By and on May 21, 2021
Posted In Allocation/Appointment, Income Tax, Indiana, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance

The Indiana Tax Court held that a “pharmacy benefit management company” sold services as opposed to tangible personal property for tax years 2011 through 2013. The company’s receipts were properly sourced as revenue from services under the income producing activity/costs of performance rule, which in this case meant that all receipts were sourced outside of...

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Texas Governor Signs Bill Exempting Medical Billing Services from Sales Tax


By and on May 4, 2021
Posted In Insurance Tax, Sales Tax, Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed HB 1445 into law, making “medical or dental billing services” exempt from sales tax. Under the statute, a “medical or dental billing service” is defined as “assigning codes for the preparation of a medical or dental claim, verifying medical or dental insurance eligibility, preparing a medical or dental claim...

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