Noelle Ard


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Who is NOMAD…or What is it?

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 03:03 PM

I’m often situations where people will ask me to explain what I do.  Once I get the initial “tax” word out of my mouth, and explain that my busy season isn’t coming up…it’s every month, I’ll get some random questions related to state sales tax – who creates it, when is the next sales tax holiday, how did it start, and have I heard of NOMAD?

Topics: sales tax
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Tennessee TAPS Into A New System

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

With all the talk about simplifying Arizona (or not simplifying as it seems from a return preparer perspective), Tennessee has slipped in a totally new e-File system that has gone live and boasts the ability to file sales and use tax, privilege tax, tobacco tax, liquor-by-the-drink tax, and television & telecommunications sales tax online.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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2017 State Sales Tax Holidays

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

It’s hard to believe that Spring has sprung…at least down in the South it has.  With the coming of spring and daylight savings time on the horizon, many people find themselves starting that to do list and preparing budgets for home improvements, summer vacations, back to school, and more.

Topics: sales tax filing
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Super-Bowl Favorite Sees 20% Increase…

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

RISE UP ATLANTA FANS – Super-Bowl Sunday is just three short days away!  While I’ve been studying up on Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the rest of the Falcons team, I’ve also been planning my Super-Bowl Sunday Snacks and I love some chips, salsa, and home-made guacamole.

Topics: sales tax
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Arizona – Transaction Privilege Tax Simplification is HERE!

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

The long awaited day has finally come, the day in which all Sales & Use tax compliance addicts rejoice as Arizona finally rolls out the TPT Simplification.  That’s right folks, after a couple of false starts in recent years, TPT Simplification is LIVE on the Arizona website and I’m going to tell you all you need to know to quickly make the transition.

Topics: sales tax filing
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A Happy New Year for California!

By Noelle Ard on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In recent news, the California State Board of Equalization (CA BOE) announced a statewide sales and use tax rate decrease of 0.25% from 7.50% to 7.25% on January 1, 2017.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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District of Columbia Sales Taxes– Out with the Old…In with the New!

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 02:03 PM

I know your first thought was the Presidential election right?  No, silly, this isn’t a political rant, this is all about the new Sales and Transaction Taxes website!

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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Arizona Teases TPT Simplicity…. AGAIN

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

I believe it was about this same time last year where I could barely contain my excitement…Arizona (AZ) was FINALLY going to roll out their “simplified” return filing process for all locals which would reduce the number of local level returns that would need to be filed, as everything would then be reported and remitted to the state and distributed accordingly.  Then something happened…. or maybe something didn’t happen, regardless, AZ pulled back on their yearlong commitment of making 2016 a more “simplified” filing year, and halted the “TPT Simplicity Project.”

Fast forward to this week, I received an email alert notifying me that TPT Simplification is drawing near, and effective with the January 2017 liability (due February 2017), TPT Simplification will be up and running and ALL locals will be reported and remitted to the State of Arizona via the Transaction Privilege Tax Return. 

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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The Lone Star State has a New Look for You

By Noelle Ard on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Take a deep breath, count to 10…just as you have finally made yourself familiar with the Texas Sales & Use website, things are changing…

Topics: sales tax news
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Wait…You want to REWARD me with TAX?

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Let’s get real, sometimes we are too busy “multi-tasking” that we hear something in the background that just makes us turn our head in awe (like a confused puppy).  Over the last week I was filing sales tax returns and had “background noise” on (the news) and I overheard a local TV station mention...

Topics: sales tax
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Sun, Fun & Annual Prepays?

By Noelle Ard on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Topics: sales tax sales tax filing
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2016 Tax Free Holidays

By Noelle Ard on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

It’s never too early to plan a shopping trip, especially when the savings could be significant.  Check out the latest and greatest Tax Free Holiday list for 2016.

State

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items Included

2016 Dates

Information Links *

   

 

 

 

 

Alabama

hurricane preparedness

February 26-28

http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/

generators - $1,000

supplies - $60

Alabama

clothing - $100

August 5-7

http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/

computers - $750 

school supplies - $50 

books - $30

Arkansas

clothing - $100

August 6-7

http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/

school supplies

Connecticut

clothing and footwear - $100

August 21-27

http://www.ct.gov/drs/

Georgia

school supplies

July 30-31

http://dor.georgia.gov/

clothing - $100

supplies - $20

computers - $1,000

Georgia

energy star/WaterSense products - $1,500

September 30 - October 2 

http://dor.georgia.gov/

Iowa

clothing - $100

August 5-6

https://tax.iowa.gov/

Louisiana

all TPP - $2,500

August 5-6

http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/

Louisiana

hurricane preparedness items - $1,500

May 28-29

http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/

Louisiana

firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies

September 2-4

http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/

Maryland

energy star products

February 13-15

http://www.comp.state.md.us/

Maryland

clothing & footwear-$100

August 14-20

http://www.marylandtaxes.com/

Mississippi

clothing & footwear - $100

July 29-30

http://www.dor.ms.gov/

Mississippi

firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies

September  2-4

http://www.dor.ms.gov/

Missouri

energy star products - $1,500

April 19-25

http://dor.mo.gov/

Missouri

clothing - $100

August 5-7

http://dor.mo.gov/

computers - $3,500

school supplies - $50

New Mexico

clothing - $100

August 5-7

http://www.tax.newmexico.gov

computers - $1,000

computer equip. - $500

school supplies - $30

Oklahoma

clothing - $100

August 5-7

http://www.tax.ok.gov/

South Carolina

clothing

August 5-7

http://www.sctax.org/

school supplies

computers

other

Tennessee

clothing - $100 

August 5-7

http://tn.gov/revenue/

school supplies - $100

computers - $1,500

Texas

generators - $3,000

April 23-25

http://comptroller.texas.gov

storm devices - $300

preparedness items - $75

Texas

energy star products 

May 28-30

http://comptroller.texas.gov/

air conditioners - $6,000; other - $2,000

Texas

clothing, backpacks and school supplies- $100

August 5-7

http://comptroller.texas.gov/

Virginia

clothing - $100

August 5-7

http://www.tax.virginia.gov/

Stay up to date with any additions by visiting http://www.taxadmin.org/sales-tax-holidays for additional information.

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Topics: sales tax filing
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Heart of Dixie Announces Amnesty

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Doing business in the Yellowhammer state?  If so, pay close attention! 

The State of Alabama has announced the launch of their 2016 Tax Amnesty Program running June 30, 2016 – August 30, 2016. 

The amnesty program will apply to most taxes administered by the Department of Revenue, however, to confirm visit the new Alabama Amnesty website at http://alabamataxamnesty.com.

Topics: taxability sales tax news
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Massachusetts Announces Wicked Relief!

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 09:43 AM

Just before the end of 1st quarter, Massachusetts Department of Revenue announced their Tax Amnesty program for 2016, which will be open to all businesses needing to catch up on back taxes, save on typically assessed penalties, and benefit from a limited lookback period on unfiled returns (3 yrs.).

Topics: sales tax taxability
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The New CA MTS – What You Need to Know

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 04:20 PM

Effective January 1, 2016, California imposed a prepaid mobile telephony services (MTS) surcharge on purchasers of prepaid wireless services.

Sellers of prepaid wireless services will be responsible for the collection and remittance of the prepaid MTS surcharge which will consist of the following:

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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No Sales Tax Notices…No Worries... RIGHT?

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Notices…A word that has such an ugly connotation to those of us in the compliance industry. While notices at TaxConnex have never been an issue of concern, the fact that jurisdictions are changing the way they communicate could indicate your recent lull in notice activity is giving you a false sense of security.

Topics: sales tax audits sales tax filing