Taxes on computing irk Idaho tech businesses - some software firms receive huge tax bills
|January 11, 2013||View for printing|
"We don't want anybody to move out of state because of this." Neither Montana nor Oregon have sales taxes.
The Idaho Tax Commission officials won't discuss what triggers tax audits on individuals or businesses, or whether a specific industry sector is being targeted on suspicion of non-compliance with the law.
But a flurry of audits on Idaho technology businesses in the past eight months has led to a revolt of sorts by entrepreneurs who say the state is applying outdated tax code to modern Web-based technology.
"It's something that a lot of people have become passionate about -- it's been a coalescing force," said Jay Larsen, president of the 178-member Idaho Technology Council.
Some business owners say the Tax Commission has told them they owe thousands — even hundreds of thousands of dollars — in uncollected sales taxes, said Matt Rissell, owner of Eagle-based Tsheets.
By KATY MOELLER -- email@example.com
Sounds like a great opportunity for economic development folks from other states - like Montana!
My brother worked for a robotics company in Idaho many years ago. I think that Idaho had a competitive advantage in attracting tech companies at that time. Well, their loss could be Montana's gain?
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