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Scoring the Votes, Tallying Your Benefits

It seems so long ago that an up-and-down software-as-a-service legislative journey ended successfully with passage of now Senate Enrolled Act 257. The bottom line: Indiana put a definitive stake in the ground, becoming just the fourth state to clearly establish that it will not tax such SaaS transactions. (Summary on Page 2 here). But with the 2018 Indiana General Assembly not [...]

2018-06-29T14:30:01+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

Technology and Innovation: Mix of Progress and Frustration

By Mark Lawrance, vice president of engagement and innovation policy In 2018, the Indiana Chamber championed several key economic development and technology bills to further Indiana’s progress with tech, innovation and business growth. An obvious victory was Indiana’s move to become the fourth state in the country to eliminate taxation of software as a service (SaaS) (see Bill Waltz’s [...]

2018-03-30T11:51:14+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Township Reform Trashed, Tax Code Update Crashed … Yet Alas, SaaS Passed!

By Bill Waltz, vice president of taxation and public finance The 2018 session looked quite promising in January. The Indiana Township Association supported a bill that included the merger of over 300 small townships, and the House Republicans endorsed it as a priority bill. The Governor made legislation to clarify the exempt status of software as a service (SaaS) [...]

2018-03-30T11:13:29+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Not One for the Record Books

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO The Indiana General Assembly has a strong track record, over many years, of productive legislative sessions that have helped propel our state’s business climate to top 10 status in the country. The 2018 edition does not earn a spot on that list. Yes, it is more difficult to enact game-changing legislation in a [...]

2018-03-30T11:08:29+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Statement on Importance of SaaS Tax Clarity Bill Signed Into Law Today  

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Bill Waltz, Indiana Chamber of Commerce vice president of taxation and public finance, comments on Senate Bill 257 being signed into law, providing clarity on the tax exempt status for software-as-a-service (SaaS) transactions: “Since last summer, the Indiana Chamber has been leading the charge to see this clarification become law, with language originating in our tech policy committee. Our [...]

2018-03-22T16:47:52+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

Top Story: Chamber-Priority SaaS Bill Set to Become Law

This week, the Senate unanimously approved the House changes to Senate Bill 257 (Sales Tax on Software). This bill began as a top Chamber goal; it was embraced by the administration and made a priority of the Governor, the Senate got it introduced and rolling, then the House took good legislation and made it even better. The Senate concurrence [...]

2018-03-09T13:08:38+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

General Statehouse: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2018 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date of this coming Wednesday. Another select group of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week (and last) and are ultimately headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, two bills saw [...]

2018-03-09T11:36:18+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Amendments Make SaaS Bill Even Better

Bill # and Title: SB 257 – Sales Tax on Software Author: Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Fort Wayne) Summary: Provides that for purposes of the sales tax, a person is a retail merchant making a retail transaction when the person sells, rents, leases or licenses for consideration the right to use prewritten computer software delivered electronically. Specifies, however, that a [...]

2018-02-23T13:16:00+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Senate SaaS Bill Heard in Ways and Means Committee

Bill # and Title: SB 257 – Sales Tax on Software Author: Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Fort Wayne) Summary: Provides that for purposes of the sales tax, a person is a retail merchant making a retail transaction when the person grants a user the right to use prewritten computer software delivered electronically. Specifies, however, that a transaction in which a user is granted the [...]

2018-02-16T13:09:12+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Competing Software-as-a-Service Bills Both Offer Needed Improvements

As is often the case, the House and the Senate each have their own ideas on how best to address big issues. That is the current circumstance regarding the taxability of software utilized as the means of providing a service. Obtaining greater clarity on this subject is a priority of the Chamber and the Governor. Senate Bill 257 embodies [...]

2018-05-10T15:00:52+00:00 February 9th, 2018|