Sales Tax, Use Tax, and Amazon: What’s All the Fuss About?

By Lamorinda Democratic Club | Comments Off

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's monthly meeting on Thursday, September 8 will feature a discussion about “Sales Tax, Use Tax & Amazon: What’s All the Fuss About?” with David Clark, a Partner in the Novato CPA firm of Boerio, Clark & Magid CPAs, LLP.

The meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at a new time of 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Clark 's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

The state legislature, led by our Assemblymember, Nancy Skinner, voted to enact e-fairness tax legislation as part of the state budget this past June to force large internet retailers to collect sales tax. Skinner noted that the legislation was designed to require out-of-state online only retailers to collect the same sales tax California businesses are required to collect.

Amazon.com has already spent $3 million on an effort to force a referendum on the proposed law.

An attorney licensed to practice in California and a board member of the Lamorinda Democratic Club, Mr. Clark has long had an interest in sales and use tax. He testified before the Steering Committee of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project in 2000. He has been active in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, State and Local Taxes Committee for years. He was appointed to the California Commission on Uniform State Laws in June 2008 and re-appointed in December 2010. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Golden Gate University School of Law LL.M Tax Program.


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