Sales and Use Tax for Cloud Computing, Software, Apps, and Other Digital Products and Services

Overcoming Vendor and Customer Compliance Challenges Due to Inconsistent Multistate Tax Laws

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Conducted on Thursday, August 27, 2020

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Course Materials

This course will provide tax professionals with a detailed and practical guide to the latest state developments and trends impacting multistate companies dealing with digital products and services (cloud computing) as either seller or buyer. The panel will offer compliance approaches for adjusting to these multistate developments.


States' sales and use taxes applied to sales of web-accessed and downloaded digital products and services are dynamic and complex for corporate sales tax professionals. Buyers and sellers must confront and navigate inconsistencies among states' tax treatment of cloud-based goods and services.

States vary considerably on whether cloud-based software, data, or applications are subject to sales and use tax. While there is a general distinction between the treatment of prewritten software and other digital products, there is no consensus among U.S. jurisdictions on whether cloud-based goods or services are taxable. States facing revenue shortfalls seek to extend their sales tax jurisdiction to products accessed via the cloud.

Several state and local jurisdictions impose tax on digital purchases either through existing or digital-specific tax laws. To ensure compliance, tax staff must stay abreast of myriad state laws, policies, sourcing rules, and taxation.

Listen as our panel of veteran tax advisers suggests tactics for fine-tuning your company's sales and use tax compliance and planning in response to the dynamic and varying treatment of digital products and services by state tax authorities.



  1. State-by-state legislative and administrative update
  2. An overview of state laws
  3. Recent developments as states seek to extend sales and use tax jurisdiction
  4. Sourcing and nexus with digital transactions
    1. Sourcing digital purchases and conflicting state approaches
    2. Nexus: How do digital purchases impact click-through nexus?
  5. Cloud computing and other problematic products and services


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • States' varying approaches on sales tax for digital products and services
  • How the SSTP addresses sales of digital products and services
  • States' recent guidance and legislation


Louderback, Alexandra
Alexandra M. (Lexi) Louderback

Eversheds Sutherland (US)

Ms. Louderback advises clients on the state and local tax (SALT) consequences of their various business transactions....  |  Read More

Patel, Hanish
Hanish S. Patel, Esq.

Eversheds Sutherland (US)

Mr. Patel counsels clients on state and local tax controversy, planning and policy matters. He advises on multistate...  |  Read More

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