Tax Guidance

The guidance available here explains the general guides rather than detailed discussions of Iowa tax law. We make every attempt to keep guidance current, however, changes in law or policy may not be immediately reflected.

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Tax Guidance

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Sales & Use Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

In 2018, the Iowa legislature enacted Senate File 2417, a state tax reform bill that includes extensive changes to the state’s tax structure. Beginning January 1, 2019, digital goods or service may be subject to sales tax, applicable local option sales tax, and use tax, depending on various factors. This guidance explains what is subject to tax including computer software, specified digital products including webinars, the sale of storage services, and information services. Additionally, this guidance provides further information regarding exemptions to taxation.

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Sales & Use Tax

The exempt status of the purchase of food is not solely determined by whether the food is eligible for purchase with Food Stamps. Under the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, many products are exempt from Iowa sales tax whether or not they are purchased with Food Stamps.

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Sales & Use Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

In 2018, the Iowa legislature enacted Senate File 2417, a state tax reform bill that includes extensive changes to the state’s tax structure. Effective January 1, 2019, Iowa law began requiring marketplace facilitators to collect and remit Iowa sales tax and applicable local option sales tax for sales made or facilitated on the business’s marketplace. Generally, a marketplace facilitator is a business that provides infrastructure or support for retail sales to occur and collects the sales price, processes payments, or receives compensation from the retail sale. One type of business that may qualify as a marketplace facilitator is a food delivery service company. If a business allows customers to order food and handles the payment for the customer, the business likely qualifies as a marketplace facilitator. This new guidance discusses this new aspect of the law and provides examples for a handful of situations.

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Sales & Use Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

On May 30, 2018, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2417 (SF 2417), an extensive state tax reform bill to improve the tax structure in Iowa. This law modernizes and expands the types of businesses required to collect Iowa sales tax and local option sales tax. Specifically, marketplace facilitators and remote sellers that exceed a certain amount of revenue or transactions must charge Iowa sales tax and applicable local option sales tax the same as retailers with a physical presence in Iowa.

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Sales & Use Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

On May 30, 2018, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2417 (SF 2417), an extensive state tax reform bill to improve the tax structure in Iowa. This law modernizes and expands the types of businesses required to collect Iowa sales tax and local option sales tax. The 2019 legislature modified those new requirements.

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Sales & Use Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

On May 30, 2018, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2417 (SF 2417), an extensive state tax reform bill to improve the tax structure in Iowa. This law modernizes and expands the types of businesses required to collect Iowa sales tax and local option sales tax. Specifically, marketplace facilitators and remote sellers that exceed a certain amount of revenue or transactions must charge Iowa sales tax and applicable local option sales tax the same as retailers with a physical presence in Iowa. The 2019 legislature modified those new requirements.

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Income Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Public Law 115-97, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This law repealed the deferral of gain or loss from exchanges of like-kind personal property held for productive use in a business or for investment under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 1031. 

On May 16, 2019, Governor Reynolds signed Iowa House File 779, which in part extended the ability to elect deferral of gain or loss on like-kind exchanges of personal property during tax year 2019 to corporations (including S-corporations) and financial institutions. This modifies statutory changes enacted in 2018 which only applied this elective treatment for tax year 2019 to individuals, estates or trusts, or pass-through entities other than corporations or financial institutions. This election has now been extended to all taxpayers for tax year 2019.

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Property Tax, Sales & Use Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

In 2018, the Iowa legislature enacted Senate File 2417, a state tax reform bill that includes extensive changes to the state’s tax structure. Beginning January 1, 2019, Iowa Code chapter 423A changed regarding how Iowa’s state and local hotel and motel excise tax is administered and imposes new collection obligations on persons who facilitate the sales of lodging on a platform. The Department has further amended and condensed its prior administrative rules relating to this excise tax, which can be found in Chapter 103 of the rules.

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Income Tax

A general guide to estimated income tax payments including what income is subject, who must pay, exemptions, and penalty and interest.

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Sales & Use Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

In 2018, the Iowa legislature enacted Senate File 2417, a state tax reform bill that includes extensive changes to the state’s tax structure. Effective January 1, 2019, the sales price from rendering, furnishing, or performing a personal transportation service in Iowa is subject to Iowa sales tax and local option sales tax, as applicable. Senate File 2417 changes the tax on limousine service to a broader tax on “Personal Transportation Service” defined as the arrangement or provision of transportation service, regardless of whether the service supplies or uses a vehicle in conjunction with the service. Personal transportation service only includes the transportation of people, not property, including, but not limited to, transportation services provided by a human driver, a nonhuman driver, or a ride sharing service.

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