Updates and Alerts

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES ON TAXATION OF INTERNET SALES

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on an issue with potentially far-reaching impact:  taxation of internet sales.

The Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair that states may pass laws requiring online retailers to collect and remit sales tax on transactions within that state, even if the retailer does not have a physical presence there (as was previously required.)  The decision does not require all online retailers to collect sales tax – unless Congress now acts, states will decide the parameters under which sales tax must be collected and most such legislation has exempted small retailers.

The Trump Administration had publicly supported allowing states to collect sales tax on internet sales.

The winners in this decision?  Brick-and-mortar retailers who collect sales tax and compete against online retailers who do not, as well as state and local governments who have seen their sales tax bases erode as online markets have grown.  The losers?  Online retailers who may lose a competitive advantage and also incur new administrative burdens, cost, and complexity.  Remember, online consumers that do not remit sales tax on a transaction are by law responsible for reporting and paying an equivalent amount of state “use tax” — so consumers who must now “pay more” as a result of this decision are actually paying tax that has always been due but just not previously remitted.

To read the 40-page opinion itself, go to https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-494_j4el.pdf.  For comprehensive Supreme Court news coverage, analysis, and commentary on this case in the coming days, go to http://www.scotusblog.com/.

 

STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP

The 2018 state legislative session came to a formal end earlier this month, although it remains to be seen if lawmakers will need to revisit K-12 education funding following the Kansas Supreme Court’s review of their work.

The legislature passed and Governor Colyer signed over 100 bills into law this session, which touched on many issues potentially impacting your business and family including regulatory reform, legal reform, transportation, education, workers compensation, and more.

For a detailed summary of what passed – and often as important, what didn’t pass – under the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please click here.  For an at-a-glance overview, please click here.

Questions or feedback?  Contact asherard@lenexa.org.

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS CHAIR!

Thank you 2017 Legislative Affairs Chair Josh Woolard of HNTB Corporation and welcome 2018 Chair Lisa Tomlinson of Bank of Blue Valley-Lenexa Branch – we appreciate your leadership!

As a token of our appreciation for his service, Josh was presented with a piece of copper cut from the old Capitol dome.

 

ICYMI – LENEXA OFFICIALS VISIT CAPITOL

image002Look who we ran into at the Capitol in Topeka!  Lenexa officials were there last week visiting with legislators about our community.

L-R Staffer Mike Nolan, Mayor Boehm, and Councilmembers Hunt, Stuke, Roh, and Nicks

 

 

 

AREA OFFICIALS ATTEND CHAMBER ANNUAL DINNER

Annual Dinner 2018A big Chamber thank you to Lenexa-area elected officials who attended our Annual Dinner on January 19th to help celebrate Making Magic Happen in Lenexa!  Chamber members were joined by a number of state and local officials in looking back on our community’s many achievements in 2017 and enjoying our strong Chamber fellowship.  Here’s to working together for a successful 2018!

L-R: Chamber Legislative Affairs Director Ashley Sherard, Rep. Linda Gallagher, Sen. Dinah Sykes, and Rep. Tom Cox

 

JO CO CHAMBERS’ LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST SERIES COMING UP!

Johnson County area chambers of commerce jointly host a series of Saturday morning breakfasts (from 7:30 – 9:00 am) to enhance communication and meaningful interaction between the business community and our state legislative delegation.  For more information and registration details, click here (to register, Lenexa Chamber members should call 913-491-3600). For a list of legislators currently scheduled to appear at each breakfast, subject to change without notice, click here.


ICYMI – LEGISLATORS MEET WITH CHAMBER COMMITTEE

20180112_120110On Friday, January 12, a number of Lenexa-area state legislators were guests of the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee – there was good dialogue, good fun, and good food!  Thanks to Sen. Dinah Sykes, and Reps. Keith Esau, Linda Gallagher, and John Resman for taking time to meet with business constituents.  If YOU want to join other Chamber members in learning more about the issues and helping lead the way on advocating for our community, contact Ashley Sherard at asherard@lenexa.org.

 

GOVERNOR BROWNBACK RELEASES PROPOSED STATE BUDGET

Governor Brownback has released his proposal to touch up the current fiscal-year state budget (FY2018) and for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2019).  For a summary of some of the highlights of the proposal as well as legislative reaction, click here. For the overview slideshow presented to lawmakers by State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan click here.

Questions?  Contact Ashley Sherard at asherard@lenexa.org.


CHAMBER BOARD APPROVES 2018 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Brochure 2018The Board of Directors has approved a legislative platform to guide our advocacy in the upcoming 2018 legislative session, soon to convene in Topeka.  The platform addresses a spectrum of issues important to the business community including tax policy; key business costs and regulations; K-12 and higher education; transportation; economic development; and others.

For a summary of the platform, click here.

Questions or feedback?
Call Ashley Sherard, Vice President of Legislative Affairs at 913-888-1414 or email asherard@lenexa.org.

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