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Michigan Other Deductions Manual – A Helpful Resource for Sales and Use Tax Exemptions

The Michigan Department of Treasury has published its Other Deductions Manual (the “Manual”). The Manual provides a listing and analysis of the common sales and use tax exemptions. 

If you are a business subject to Michigan sales or use tax, then the Manual is a helpful resource to have on file.

The Manual can be downloaded by clicking this link.  

Categories: Sales Tax, Use Tax

Online Retailers Beware: Michigan “Click-Through” and Affiliate Nexus

Are you an out-of-state business making Internet sales into Michigan? If so, take notice.

The Michigan Main Street Fairness Act (the “Act”) is now effective. Designed to level the playing field between “brick and mortar” retailers and out-of-state Internet sellers, the Act creates two new tests whereby out-of-state sellers are presumed to have Michigan nexus. 

A quick reminder – if an out-of-state seller has Michigan nexus, then it is required to collect and remit 6 percent Michigan sales tax on all sales to Michigan residents.

Test #1 is the affiliate nexus test. Under the affiliate nexus test, an out-of-state retailer will be presumed to have Michigan nexus (i.e., required to collect and remit 6 percent Michigan sales tax on all Michigan sales) if the seller or an affiliate of the seller:  Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Sales Tax

Notice of New Sales and Use Tax Requirements for Out-Of-State Sellers

Under a new law effective October 1, 2015, an out-of-state seller may be required to remit sales or use tax on sales into Michigan if the seller has nexus under amendments to the Michigan General Sales Tax Act (MCL 205.52b) and Michigan Use Tax Act (MCL 205.95a). The new law creates a presumption that a seller is engaged in the business of making sales at retail in Michigan if the seller, or another person on the seller’s behalf, engages in certain activities in Michigan.  In addition, a seller will be presumed to be making sales in Michigan if the seller enters into an agreement with one or more Michigan residents under which the resident, for a commission or other consideration, refers potential purchasers to the seller, such as by a link on a website). This is sometimes referred to as “click-through” nexus. If you are a seller that sells into Michigan on or after October 1, 2015, and you are not already registered with the Department of Treasury and remitting sales or use tax, you may need to register for Michigan sales and use tax. For information regarding Michigan’s tax registration and remittance requirements, please contact a member of Foster Swift's State and Local Tax group.

Categories: Sales Tax, Use Tax