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Iowa State Tax Updates

For the latest news and updates on Iowa state and local tax

March 21, 2020

Extended Income Tax Withholding Deposit Due Date

On March 19, 2020, the Iowa Department of Revenue extended one income tax withholding deposit due date for certain taxpayers in order to provide flexibility to those adversely impacted by Covid-19. The extension is the result of an order signed by the Director of Revenue, which extends the income tax withholding deposit due date for the period ending March 15, 2020, from March 25, 2020, to the new deposit due date of April 10, 2020. This extension applies to Iowa residents or other taxpayers doing business in Iowa who remit income tax withholding on a semi-monthly basis. Furthermore, there will be no late-filing or underpayment penalties for those qualifying taxpayers who comply with the extended filing and payment deadlines. Interest on unpaid taxes will start to be due on April 11, 2020. Learn more here.

October 2019

Guidance on Taxation of Digital Products, Software and Related Services

The Iowa Department of Revenue has issued guidance relating to changes enacted under Iowa’s tax reform law (L. 2018, S2417), relating to digital products, software, and services. Specifically, the guidance mentions that beginning January 1, 2019, prewritten computer software is subject to sales tax whether delivered or accessed in physical form or electronically. Custom software sold in either physical or electronic form will be taxed in the same manner as prewritten computer software. The guidance also discussed Iowa sales tax, local option sales tax, and use tax as it applies to “specified digital products,” which are non-tangible products that are transferred electronically and are usually purchased over and downloaded from or accessed through the Internet. Furthermore, the sale of certain storage services are newly taxable services. The guidance also discusses exemptions for “commercial enterprises” and “non-end user” exemptions which were enacted under Iowa Code section 423.3(104).

July 2019

Updated Sales Tax Requirements

Effective July 1, 2019, sellers in Iowa are required to collect and remit sales tax if it has $100,00 in sales for the past or current year. The 200 transaction threshold has been repealed.

Disclaimer: Please note this is the information that is readily available at this time, it is subject to change so please consult your Withum tax advisor.

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