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Service Tax Problems

Service tax may refer to taxes charged on the various kinds of services that are offered to people. However, not all services in all parts of U.S.A may be subjected to tax. There are some services on which one may not charge any taxes. It is important for people who run a business or provide different services to people to know what services are eligible for tax and what are not. Given below are some of the important questions about service tax which are answered by the Experts.

Is sales tax and service tax considered to be the same in Rhode Island?

Sales tax and service tax are considered to be the same in Rhode Island. The sales tax that is charged for various services conducted is called service tax.

Are entertainment services considered taxable in New Jersey?

Some of the entertainment services are considered to be taxable in New Jersey. One may find more information about this on the following link: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/su4.pdf

Does the state of Florida have service tax?

The state of Florida does not have any service tax. Hence, one may not charge service tax for any kind of labor provided.

Is a banking service charge deductible for tax proposes?

In most situations, service charges by banks are not deductible for personal tax purposes. However, if the charge was for something business related, then it can be listed as business expense.

Can the local service tax be included on an individual’s W-2 form?

The local service tax may not be included on an individual’s W-2 form unless it is defined as an income tax. The individual may still include the tax on his/her returns along with the itemized deductions.

What is the difference between municipal public service tax and utility tax?

Municipal public service tax is normally levied on the six utility services like natural gas, LPG, manufactured gas, electricity, water and fuel or kerosene. Utility service tax is defined as the tax that is charged to public service businesses like transport businesses, communications and businesses that deal with the supply of energy like natural gas and water. Hence, municipal public service tax and utility tax may be considered to be the same.

In which states of the U.S. is retirement income from the civil services not taxed?

There are various states in the US that do not tax retirement income from the civil services. Some of these states are Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Pennsylvania

Would a person be required to charge sales tax on consulting services that he/she may offer in the state of North Carolina?

Consulting services may not be subjected to sales taxes. Hence, the person may not be required to charge taxes on consulting services that he/she may offer in the state of North Carolina.

Can a pool service company in the state of Texas charge taxes for filter cleaning, chemical service and labor?

The services mentioned above may be considered as taxable services in the state of Texas. Therefore, a pool servicing company may be able to charge taxes on these services including any labor that may be billed.

The rules governing service tax can differ depending on the part of the U.S.A. that you reside in and the kind of business that you own. It is important for you to know the rules that apply to your business and state. You may ask an Expert if you have any doubts about service tax returns and need more information about these types of tax returns.
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