As if the federal International Revenue Code wasn’t already difficult to follow, many states have their own individual state tax laws, and they can be just as confusing. As indicated in “Does your state have unusual, confusing tax laws? Probably,” posted on DontMessWithTaxes.com, while many state tax issues seem complicated, they can make sense on a deeper level, sometimes. In the state of Maine, blueberries are taxed if the fruit comes off of a wild bush, but not when they are cultivated. The money raised promotes wild blueberry sales, research, and educational programs. In New York, bagels are taxed differently when they are sold as a roll or sliced and topped with cream cheese. In the latter case, they are ready-to-eat.
Making sense of confusing, seemingly conflicting tax laws isn’t easy, but we all need to get through it one way or another. Contact BTerrell Group for additional guidance with navigating complicated tax laws with modern business technology.
By Brian Terrell of BTerrell Group, LLP, Intacct and Sage ERP & CRM provider based in Dallas.