As legislative and regulatory developments that may affect your business occur, we distribute notifications to HARDI members called Advocacy Action Alerts.
ACTIVE ACTION ALERTS
Following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year, several states have moved forward with laws to collect sales taxes from online purchasers. 10 states began collecting sales taxes starting on October 1, 2018. Six states began earlier this year, see the map below for the latest on where states stand on collections. Distributors with interstate sales through online portals should consult with their accountants to ensure sales tax is remitted to the appropriate jurisdiction.
The EPA has released a proposed rule rolling back leak detection requirements on equipment using HFCs. In addition to this roll back, the EPA is seeking comments on ending the sales restriction for HFC refrigerants and some newer substitutes refrigerants. Please send any feedback on changing the sales restriction to Alex Ayers, and you can view the proposed rule here.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made several changes to the deductibility of entertainment expenses and business meals which limited “perks” used in the industry.
Beginning on August 30, 2018, California’s Proposition 65 (or “Prop 65” as it is often referred) includes updated labeling requirements for businesses to notify consumers with “clear and reasonable” warnings of potentially hazardous chemicals present in products.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state of South Dakota in the South Dakota v Wayfair case, affirming the state’s collection of sales taxes on remote internet retailers who sell into the state. This ruling applies to all states and allows them to legislate online sales tax laws.