Back to Session Edition

Covers pressing issues of interest to local governments, including what’s next for implementing Wayfair,  Federal measures,  Tax Reform 2.0,  and proposed legislation.

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Avenu’s Legislative Summer Recess Edition

This covers relevant issues including an update on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding online sales tax and California’s proposed TFTAA that was withdrawn.   Many of the legislative issues are viable and continue to impact local governments.

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Local Balloting and Legal Requirements in California

August 10 is the deadline for a local agency to adopt an ordinance for a local ballot measure to appear on the November 2018 ballot.  The TFTAA was withdrawn. This report includes the current legal requirements for adopting an ordinance.

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Legislative Roundup and Historic Supreme Court Ruling Allows Taxing of Online Sales

Several measures stand to impact local processes and revenue. This report reflects selected measures. Collecting sales tax on online purchases has been a controversial subject for decades, and the Supreme Court decision in South Dakota vs. Wayfair, Inc. reflects that things are not completely settled.

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Supreme Court Rules; Time to Implement South Dakota vs. Wayfair

In South Dakota vs. Wayfair, Inc. states now have the broad authority to require online retailers to collect sales taxes. States now can require out-of-state retailers to collect their state’s sales taxes, at least in some circumstances, even if they do not have a store, warehouse, or physical presence in that state. Collecting sales tax on online purchases has been a controversial subject for decades, and the Supreme Court decision reflects that things are not completely settled. Avenu is ready to help cities implement this new law.

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Legislative Review / Proposed Ballot Initiatives Impacting Local Revenue

The focus over the next few weeks will be the June 5 California Statewide Primary Election as well as the June 15 deadline to adopt a State Budget.  This report looks at measures that continue to move through the Legislature as includes a focused section on the multiple proposed statewide ballot measures that will impact local revenues.

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Changing the Way Online Sales Revenue Gets Distributed – The Issues Go Beyond Online Sales

California’s proposed SCA 20 would shift the allocation of sales and use tax for all online purchases from point-of-sale (POS) to point-of-destination.   The focus of SCA 20 has primarily been around  the impacts of e-commerce sales tax transactions, and how public funds are being used when cities enter into sales tax rebate agreements to attract  warehouse and distributions centers to their jurisdictions.   These issues need to be addressed, however there are many additional factors to consider as well, including the impact for those local governments that have not entered into sales tax rebate agreements but are home to warehouses or distribution centers.   This report highlights many of these issues with the current version of SCA 20.

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Economic News & Trends

Get a snapshot of national economic data for multiple industries that can support your municipal and county planning.

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Economic News & Trends

Get a snapshot of national economic data for multiple industries that can support your municipal and county planning (data from Nov. 2017 – March 2018).

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Changing the Way Online Sales Revenue Gets Distributed

Avenu (formerly MuniServices) met with Calif. Senator Glazer’s office regarding SB 1466 and SCA 20. SB 1466 would change the allocation of tax revenue for online transactions to point-of- destination.   The author’s office understands, and Avenu agrees, the bill creates ‘winners and losers’ at the city / county level.

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