LumiData, Inc., v. Commissioner of Revenue. MN sales tax, software
In this appeal from the Minnesota Tax Court, the Minnesota Supreme Court held:
1. The taxpayer's software sales are taxable as "prewritten computer software" as defined in Minn. Stat. 297A.61 because the taxpayer did not separately state its customization charges.
2. Because the taxpayer did not establish reasonable cause to believe that the software sales were nontaxable, the Commissioner did not clearly err by assessing late-filing and late-payment penalties.
No. A14-0254 (Minn. Sept. 10, 2014).
Please see the original opinion for the court's exact language.
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