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5 Steps to Put Your Business on the Right Track to Maintain Sales Tax Compliance

By TaxConnex on Thu, Sep 24, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It has been two years since the US Supreme Court passed the Wayfair decision which paved the way for states to enact economic nexus rules. At this point, the majority of finance professionals understand the need to maintain sales & use tax compliance. Most businesses have some type of process in place although it may not be comprehensive enough. What do you do when you discover you are out of compliance in some states? Or you acquire a business that has done very little to manage sales and use tax compliance?

In this blog, we’ll outline 5 steps that will put you on the right track to have your business prepped to maintain compliance.

1. Complete a Nexus Review

Nexus is determined by a physical presence OR economic presence within a state or jurisdiction. Nexus can be an evolving issue for many businesses. As your team and business grows, you could also be expanding your nexus footprint. Having a complete nexus review to understand your current footprint is key to starting the process towards compliance. You must also understand that this is not a one-time project. It is important to monitor nexus thresholds throughout the year to be sure you have not triggered nexus in new states.

2. Understand your exposure

Sales tax is meant to be a pass-through tax and thus one that should have minimal impact on a company’s bottom line. But, if you fail to collect and remit the applicable sales tax, under audit a jurisdiction will assess the tax due + a penalty + interest. This then becomes a bottom line hit to your business unless you can recoup from your customers.

If your business has previously established nexus and has not been collecting sales tax, you must determine your prior period exposure. The analysis of prior period exposure should encompass all periods where the company had nexus and taxable sales but wasn’t in compliance. For many states there is a 7-year look back period that needs to be addressed.

To gain an estimate of your liability/risk, you can use our free calculator tool, but to get the most accurate answer it is best to talk to a sales tax expert.

3. Understand if a VDA is right for your business.

A Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) is a legal means for taxpayers to self-report back taxes owed for income, sales, property, and other tax types. In exchange for voluntarily reporting the tax due, states generally grant a waiver of penalty and a limited look-back period (generally three to four years). VDAs can be effective tools to mitigate prior period sales tax exposure, but aren’t necessarily the best option for everyone.

Do your research and determine if a VDA is the best option before moving forward with the next step.

4. Register with a state to begin collecting and remitting sales tax.

Before you start collecting and remitting sales tax you need to register with the applicable jurisdictions. Through this registration process, the jurisdiction grants a license to collect the sales tax on their behalf. Registering to collect and remit sales tax generally requires submitting basic business contact information (though this can vary state to state) including a list of corporate officers, their social security numbers, and phone numbers.

5. Set up your process to collect, file and remit sales & use tax in your registered states.

This last step is really made up of several other steps. Maintaining a sales tax compliance process isn’t a one and done project. Whether you manage the process in-house, work with a technology vendor or outsource completely, there are many decisions and pieces to the process that need to be understood.

How will you calculate sales tax? Who will manage monitoring your nexus footprint? Who will maintain your tax calendar and monitor mail for notices? Talking to a CPA or working with an outsourced sales tax compliance provider can alleviate the burden considerably when managing this on-going process.

Keep reading more about how to setup and maintain your sales & use tax compliance in our eBook – Sales Tax Compliance: Your Need-to-Know Guide.

If you’re looking for some help along the way, contact TaxConnex We have a team of experts to help you navigate the many pitfalls of sales tax compliance.

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Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance
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Taxes in the Telecom World: Misconceptions and Advice

By TaxConnex on Tue, Sep 22, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

This article was written for the Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust. To see the original post, click here

Taxes are an integral part of the telecom world. Taxes, fees and government surcharges on telecommunications services increased from 19.1% to 21.7% in 2019 (even as average monthly bills for consumers actually dropped).

In talking with countless telecommunications service providers about their various tax and regulatory requirements, there are some recurring themes I hear that can be troubling. These recurring issues tend to pop up with new VoIP service providers. Perhaps they’ve been in business for years previously — and they may have even had various sales tax obligations historically — but they are now offering VoIP services that expose them to a completely different set of tax and regulatory obligations.

The misconceptions I hear include:

1. VoIP is delivered over the internet and is, therefore, tax-free.

This is not true. The confusion lies with the sometimes controversial Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), passed in 1998. ITFA does prohibit federal, state and local governments from taxing internet access and from imposing discriminatory internet-only taxes. There were a few states that were “grandfathered” and were allowed to charge tax on internet access; these grandfathered rules have been revoked as of July 1, 2020.

ITFA has no application to the taxability of telecommunications services. Understanding that VoIP is not tax-free, each state (and in some situations, each local jurisdiction) is able to decide whether VoIP is taxable or not. For example, California at the state level does not tax VoIP, but various cities in California apply a local utility users tax to VoIP.

2. I’m not a telecommunications service provider; I’m a reseller.

When I hear this, I believe the prospect is considering the major carriers as the service provider. If you are sending an invoice to your customer for telecommunications service, however, and the customer believes and recognizes that you are providing the service, then you may be considered a telecommunications service provider. As a telecommunications service provider, you are responsible for collecting and remitting the applicable taxes and regulatory fees.

3. I don’t have nexus, so I don’t need to collect and remit any taxes.

This comment often comes from someone experienced in the standard world of sales tax. Generally, as related to sales tax, nexus needs to be established before a company is obligated to adhere to the jurisdiction’s sales tax rules. Nexus has historically been thought of as a physical presence, but within the last two years (ever since the Supreme Court’s now-famous Wayfair decision), it has been expanded to include the idea of economic presence. If you are providing a telecom service, you could easily look to a customer in another state and conclude that you don’t have nexus in that other state and therefore are not responsible for collecting and remitting the taxes.

As a telecom service provider, however, you are using infrastructure within a state to deliver your service. This infrastructure includes cell towers, fiber, switches and so on. You may not own this infrastructure, but if it were not present, you could not deliver your service. States have concluded that the use of this infrastructure creates attributional nexus and therefore gives you the responsibility to collect the applicable taxes. Wherever you have customers, you must collect the taxes.

4. My service provider handles all of my taxes for me.

While there is an element of truth to this, it is not an effective strategy. The main factor to consider is that by providing VoIP service, you are now considered a telecom service provider. And as a service provider, you have direct responsibilities related to taxes and regulatory fees. Your upstream carrier may be charging you these various taxes and fees, but that does not relieve your responsibility.

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State Benefiting from Economic Nexus During the Pandemic

By TaxConnex on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

States are still reeling in sales tax deficits brought on by the economic downturn during the pandemic, but the addition of economic nexus has appeared to have somewhat alleviated the deficits. States are starting to see an increase in online sales tax collections as more and more people remain online for work and shopping. 

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6 (Not So) Simple Steps to Sales Tax Compliance

By TaxConnex on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Sales tax is complicated. Many sales tax companies will tell you it’s simple with their solution, but when you take a look at all that goes in to compliance – you will understand that no technology can fully automate or manage sales tax without a good bit of project management from your side 

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COVID Surcharges and Sales Tax

By TaxConnex on Thu, Sep 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Lost sales, expenses for cleaning, more time and money for employee protection and training are just some of the reasons for businesses to claim they now have to charge extra to pay for responding to the pandemic (aka, “COVID surcharges”). In many places and for many industries these charges have become commonplace.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Recent State Sales Tax Developments

By TaxConnex on Tue, Sep 08, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

A review of what’s been happening and updates states have made in sales & use tax so far in 2020.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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Instacart Sued For Not Charging Sales Taxes

By TaxConnex on Thu, Sep 03, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The District of Columbia attorney general is suing grocery-delivery service Instacart for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in District sales tax.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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No Hike in Wyoming’s Sales and Use Taxes For Now

By TaxConnex on Tue, Sep 01, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Wyoming lawmakers have declined to move forward with two bills to increase and broaden the state’s sales and use taxes, news outlets said.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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Address the Mess: Looking into the Complexities of Sales Tax

By TaxConnex on Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

When it comes to sales tax, most businesses fit into one of three categories:

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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2020 Sales Tax Updates

By TaxConnex on Tue, Aug 25, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It’s been quite the year as many businesses and lives have been put on hold. But one thing that hasn’t stopped is the need to collect and remit sales tax. Even in the midst of a pandemic, sales tax updates have continued to happen. In this blog, we will take a look at some of the major sales tax developments that have happened so far in 2020.

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Taking a Look at the Exemption Certificate

By TaxConnex on Thu, Aug 20, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

A key document of sales & use tax is the exemption certificate.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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The ABCs of Sales Tax

By TaxConnex on Tue, Aug 18, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Sales tax nexus is the basis for all your sales tax decisions. Without nexus, you have no further obligation to a state. If you do have sales tax nexus, then you need to dig a bit deeper and understand if your products and/or services are taxable. If they are, and you have nexus within a state that charges sales tax, in most instances you should register and start collecting sales tax. Simple right? Not so much.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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How Personnel Decisions Now Affect Your Nexus Later

By TaxConnex on Thu, Aug 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The pandemic has changed the business world. But for how long? And what might happen to sales and use tax obligations when what were supposed to be temporary business-continuation measures harden into just the new way of working and doing business? 

 

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax
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Is a VDA Right for Your Business?

By TaxConnex on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Is a Voluntary Disclosure Agreement right for you? Voluntary Disclosure Agreements (VDAs) can be an effective tool in mitigating prior period sales tax exposure, however it may not always be the best solution.

Topics: sales tax VDA
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6 Easy Steps to Switching Your Sales Tax Compliance Provider

By TaxConnex on Thu, Aug 06, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Is your outsourced sales tax compliance vendor making your life easier? It's a simple question, and if your answer is anything but yes, it may be time for a change. Sales tax compliance comes with a lot of complexity and liability. You shouldn’t be paying someone to do it for you but still managing the brunt of the headaches.

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Is Nexus Greener on the Other Side? Sales Tax in the U.S. vs Europe

By TaxConnex on Tue, Aug 04, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Ever-changing thresholds, intensifying audits, some 12,000 taxing jurisdictions: No online business needs to be told how complex America’s sales tax burden can be.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax
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The Top 5 Misconceptions of Sales Tax Nexus

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The complexity of sales tax has grown immensely in the last two years with the introduction of economic nexus due to the South Dakota vs Wayfair case You would think after two years things would have gotten easier, but that’s not really the case. Because of this, many businesses still have misconceptions about how Wayfair might affect them  not to mention cost them money and headaches. 

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Sales Tax M&A: Mitigation Options

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Due to the pandemic, many businesses are in a precarious position relative to long-term survival. Some companies who previously were doing well are now in a situation in which a merger or acquisition could be their only way to survive.  No matter your situation, understanding how sales tax obligations could hinder your sale is important for any business involved or thinking about merging or being acquired

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Sales Tax Calculation Software - Do You Really Need It?

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

You’ve determined you have nexus and your products and/or services are taxable. Now how do you implement and actually charge sales tax? There are several ways to calculate and charge sales tax but many people lean towards letting a software handle it for them, but is this really the best solution for everyone?

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax calculation
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How the Sales Tax Picture is Changing During the Pandemic - and Beyond

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Jul 21, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

This article was written for the Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust. To see the original post, click here

The coronavirus has upended just about every aspect of life and business. We are all adjusting to a new way to work, live, shop and more, and it is hard for us to imagine when life will go back to normal, or how many of these changes will stay with us into the future.

Tax collection is one of the many things that has changed a lot recently, starting with postponements to file and pay income taxes at the federal level and in most states.

For sales and use taxes, some states implemented various forms of relief. This included extensions to file returns, tax payment deferral, and waivers of penalties and interest in some situations. But now that most of these extensions and waivers have expired, what does this mean for your business? 

Time not on your side?

For many, the delays came as a relief, but if you didn't pay your sales and use taxes because of an extension, it's possible you set yourself up for trouble down the road. When you collect sales tax from a customer, you become a fiduciary of the state. So, while deferring sales tax payment might mean you had more funds available to run your business, keep in mind that the money collected is now due. 

State slowdowns

It is, of course, hard to predict how the current crisis will impact other aspects of sales tax compliance, such as state tax administration. Assuming some portion of a government’s employees are working from home, their response rates and ability to conduct business as usual will be impacted, resulting in delays in certain areas. Audit programs around the country have slowed or even been suspended.

The outbreak has perhaps created opportunities to work with states and gain a little leeway. If a state has you under audit, for instance, it may be willing to waive interest or penalties. States also might be willing to work with sellers of goods essential in the outbreak, such as protective medical gear, food or cleaning supplies.

Generally, sales and use tax collections mirror the general economy. I expect that collections will likely decline in the short term (perhaps over the next six months or so) and then return to pre-COVID levels in the long term. 

What changes can we expect to see?

Studies indicate that once buyers are comfortable with the online shopping experience, they’re more likely to continue shopping online. (We tend to see this after holiday shopping seasons.) Our current crisis is forcing a lot of people who historically haven’t purchased online to switch to online shopping. Expect many of these people to continue purchasing online.

After the pandemic, I believe we’re likely to have a bigger audience of consumers who will be purchasing goods and services online in a number of tax jurisdictions.

What can be done to streamline the tax collection burden on online businesses in this environment? This has been the question since the 1992 Quill decision. Later, we started to see efforts related to the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP), which has been implemented with varying success in roughly half the states.

There may be no way to simplify sales tax collection enough unless the states uniformly raise the economic nexus threshold to where the businesses affected innately have the financial wherewithal to adhere to the sales tax rules.

Online retailers and businesses should work with their local lawmakers to voice concern regarding the burden placed on small businesses, both now and in the future.

As the sales tax collection landscape shifts, there comes a significant increase in states requiring remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax based on economic nexus. That means companies may hit economic nexus thresholds in different states, bringing about new regulations and deadlines. It’s another thing for company leaders to track in these already difficult times.

At TaxConnex, our goal is to take sales tax off your plate. Now it is even more important to have a resource to help you understand your sales tax obligations. We aim to help not only our clients through this time, but you as well, even if it is only to serve as a resource to stay up to date with all the changes. Contact us to learn more about how TaxConnex can remove the burden of sales tax from your business.

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Top Marketplace Facilitator Questions Answered

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

We talk a lot about nexus and compliance processes in our content, but what about marketplace facilitators? It’s often a topic we stay away from - due to the fact that the majority of small businesses that utilize marketplace facilitators won’t need our help, but there are situations in which you still may need a sales tax professional to assist with your sales tax compliance process. In this blog we answer your top questions:

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance
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Reminder: Deferred Deadlines Looming for Sales Tax Filing

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Weeks ago, state tax authorities lent a hand to companies ravaged by the pandemic and postponed sales-tax filing and payment deadlines. But that extra time is about to run out.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax news sales tax filing
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How To Qualify For Telecommunications Tax Exemptions

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jul 09, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

At TaxConnex, we work with a lot of telecommunications service providers that are new to the business.  Many are existing MSPs (Managed Service Providers) or IT management companies that would like to expand their service offering and become “stickier” with their clients.

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The Practical Implications of Selling into Multiple US States

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jul 07, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If you don’t live in the United States (or even if you do), the laws surrounding US Sales Tax can be quite confusing. In fact, the United States has possibly the world’s most complex sales tax regime. This is because each state sets its own sales tax rules, and states often take widely varying approaches. As a result, every state has a different tax framework, with variations in regulation covering everything from tax liability and tax rates to exemption categories and reporting requirements. On top of this, local area tax jurisdictions also have powers over some aspects of taxation and can set different rules for their area. 

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax
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Navigating Drop Shipments, a Tricky Area of Online Business

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jul 02, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Time for a refresher on drop shipments - Check out our blog from earlier this year on navigating drop shipments, or watch our quick video where Jeff & Brian break it down. 

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax
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Top Sales Tax Compliance Considerations for Tech Companies

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Technology companies have historically considered themselves fairly insulated from multi-state 

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Get Ready for Audits as States Keep Losing Sales Tax Revenue

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

This article was written with contributions by Clark Calhoun of Alston & Bird. 

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax audits
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You Can't Solve Sales Tax Problems with Technology Only

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Since the Wayfair decision two years ago (the 2 year anniversary was just this past weekend)sales tax compliance has become a major priority for many businesses. These businesses all have varying levels of knowledge on the sales tax rules and regulations, but they all have one thing in common: they want a solution to the problem, and they want it to be simple.   

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax calculation sales tax filing
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Establishing a Sales Tax Compliance Filing Process

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

You’ve established you have nexus in multiple states, and understand the taxability of your products and services, now what?  

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax filing
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Can Employees Sheltering in Place Create Nexus for Your Company?

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jun 16, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The pandemic has prompted shelter in place orders across the country, meaning many employees have been working from home to contain COVID-19. Some of your workers may have also chosen to work in second homes or with different family for a multitude of reasons ranging from comfort to avoiding hot spots of the outbreak.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax
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Back to the Basics: The Ins and Outs of Sales Tax Nexus

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The US Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et al gave rapid rise to the new sales and use tax obligations for online sellers. The rule treats a virtual storefront similar to a physical storefront. How did we get there and what should every business be doing to reduce risk?  

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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5 Costly Sales & Use Tax Errors

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jun 09, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Sales and use tax compliance is not only difficult and time-consuming – it’s also expensive if you do it wrong.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Should You Cancel Your Sales Tax Registration?

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jun 04, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Some time ago you did your homework regarding sales tax. You discovered which of the economic nexus thresholds that you meet, calculated your sales in those states and when required have collected and remitted the sales tax. To do this, you obtained a sales tax license in each jurisdiction where you established nexus.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax filing
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7 Indicators It's Time to Switch Sales Tax Compliance Providers

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jun 02, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

In this current climate, your focus is understandably on your personal health and the health of your business. The last thing you want to monitor is how states are adjusting their sales tax filing dates and deferments. Even as states and economies begin opening up, there's no telling when we'll be back to normal, or what the new normal will be.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax filing
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To Defer or Not to Defer?

By TaxConnex on Thu, May 28, 2020 @ 07:00 AM

Some states have postponed sales-tax filing and payment deadlines well into the weeks ahead, part of a COVID-19 relief effort for battered businesses. States and even localities have differed in how they are handling the deferments. Some deferments relate to filing and payment, some just payment, and some states are granting deferments only when requested.  

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax news
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Telecom Faces Special Challenges with Taxes and Fees

By TaxConnex on Tue, May 26, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If you’re a telecommunications services company, you face greater trials than other businesses when complying with federal, state and local jurisdictions.  In addition to state and local taxes, your business may also be subject to various federal and state regulatory obligations.

Topics: sales tax compliance telecom tax
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Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines...Understanding the Nuances to Maintaining Your Sales Tax Calendar

By TaxConnex on Thu, May 21, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

In talking with friends and family about what we do at TaxConnex in terms of preparing and filing sales tax returns – especially this time of the year – they often say, “Oh you must be crazy busy right now”.  I sometimes laugh, but often I sigh stating that income tax season is generally a once a year deal (this year pushed out at least an extra three months) and sales tax is EVERY month.

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Top Tips for Managing a Sales Tax Audit

By TaxConnex on Tue, May 19, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

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States Getting Tougher on Marketplace Facilitators - What Does This Mean for You?

By TaxConnex on Thu, May 14, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

What is a marketplace facilitator?

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax audits
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Sales Tax Compliance - There Is No EASY Button

By TaxConnex on Tue, May 12, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Sales tax automation has come a long way since the Quill vs. North Dakota case in 1992. Now, even the smallest multi-state businesses and startups have access to sales tax automation options that lower costs and ease the burden of compliance. With the evolving rules and regulations across states and jurisdictions for sales tax in the U.S., it makes sense to automate where you can.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax calculation
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Your Top Questions on VDAs Answered

By TaxConnex on Thu, May 07, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

All states that impose sales tax have a VDA program, or Voluntary Disclosure Agreement, to help alleviate the penalties of non-compliance and encourage businesses to comply. A VDA can be a very attractive option for businesses who have many years of non-compliance or that have collected sales tax previously but failed to remit.  But what exactly is a VDA? Why is it beneficial? Keep reading for answers to our most frequently asked questions on VDAs.

Topics: sales tax compliance VDA
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For States, The Tax Hits Just Keep On Coming - What Does That Mean For Your Business?

By TaxConnex on Mon, May 04, 2020 @ 08:26 AM

As a few states tiptoe into re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, more states have joined previous warnings that the loss of sales taxes is going to hit soon – and hard.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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Taxability of Digital Products and Services

By TaxConnex on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The internet can be a great way to sell your products. For tangible products it’s easy - the order comes in, you process the payment (including sales tax, which you collect and remit to the state) and ship out the package. But what if what you’re selling isn’t a physical product that you ship?

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Understanding Sales Tax Nexus

By TaxConnex on Tue, Apr 28, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Many companies are not aware that tax regulations in each state may obligate them to collect and pay sales & use tax even when they do not have a physical presence there. Determining sales tax nexus is a tricky proposition, and there are many moving parts to monitor. In this article, TaxConnex shares how sales tax nexus is determined and offers suggestions to help companies meet their obligations under the law.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance sales tax
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Determining Who is At Risk for Responsible Party Laws within Your Company

By TaxConnex on Thu, Apr 23, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If your company sells into multiple states and has established sales tax nexus, it is critical that you evaluate your business’s exposure to sales-and-use-tax liability as soon as possible. There are more than 10,000 taxing jurisdictions and many have their own unique set of rules and interpretations. Not taxing a product or service appropriately could lead to significant exposure over time. And, you may be the person on the line to pay the penalties and interest, not your business.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax audits
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Alaska Jurisdictions Combine to Establish States' First Nexus

By TaxConnex on Tue, Apr 21, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Sales into the state of Alaska have always been exempt from state level sales tax; however, many of the local jurisdictions in Alaska have enforced sales tax collection at the local level provided a business has a physical presence.  Now, with Wayfair, even remote sellers need to worry about collecting the local sales tax in Alaska.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news sales tax filing
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Your COVID-19 Questions: Answered

By TaxConnex on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The constantly changing nature of COVID-19 has left people with a lot of uncertainty. Sales tax isn’t an exception to that uncertainty as over 20 states have announced changes to their sales tax deadlines or policies in order to help businesses as they navigate life during the pandemic. If you’re like many businesses, you have sales tax nexus in multiple states. Keeping up with all their different regulations was difficult enough before COVID-19, and now it’s more complicated than ever.

Topics: sales tax Now it's all on us sales tax filing
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Responsible Party Laws by State

By TaxConnex on Tue, Apr 14, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Since the 2018 Wayfair decision, many more businesses are now required to collect and remit sales tax, and they are not prepared.  What these businesses don’t realize is that due to responsible party laws, a business itself is not the only one at risk.  CEOs, CFOs, Directors and other individuals that have influence over a business’s tax and accounting processes can be held personally responsible for any sales tax shortfalls according to personal responsibility laws.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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States, Like Businesses, Prepare for a Decline in Revenue

By TaxConnex on Thu, Apr 09, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Many businesses that were forced to shut down by governments trying to deal with COVID-19 are the very businesses governments rely on for sales tax obligations. And because of this, many state and local taxing jurisdictions are seeing the first signs of revenue shortfalls.  Here’s what we are seeing:  

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax news
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How to Establish a Sales Tax Compliance Process

By TaxConnex on Tue, Apr 07, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

You’ve established you have nexus in multiple states, and understand the taxability of your products and services, now what?

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance sales tax
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Despite Deadline Delays, Sales Tax Will Still Be Due

By TaxConnex on Thu, Apr 02, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

As businesses adjust to the new norm of working remotely and managing cash more closely than ever, several states are postponing deadlines for filing and paying sales and use taxes, often waiving penalties and interest. In just a few examples, many states are offering 30-day extensions to file and pay, California is offering extensions of up to three months, and Maryland and Massachusetts have pushed their sales and use tax deadlines to June. (see other tax updates here.) 

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax news
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Estimating Your Sales Tax Exposure

By TaxConnex on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

You’ve determined nexus to exist for your business and understand that your products or services are taxable, but you’ve yet to comply to sales & use tax rules. What’s next?

Sales and use taxes collected on behalf of the government are considered government funds upon collection. Failure to remit taxes collected to the appropriate jurisdiction is considered a criminal offense – the parties thereto connected (including corporate officers) or contributing to the offense could face fines in excess of 50% of the tax amount…and prison.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Top 10 Tips for Tax Compliance in Telecom and VoIP Providers

By TaxConnex on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

There are many misconceptions when it comes to telecommunication and VoIP taxes. However, if we had to narrow it down to the two most fundamental misconceptions that impact everything else, it would be: 

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2020 Sales Tax Developments

By TaxConnex on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Three months in and it’s already been a hectic year on many frontssales and use taxes have been no exception. Developments in 2020 so far include: 

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How to Correct Previous Non-Compliance with Sales & Use Tax

By TaxConnex on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Maybe you’ve just figured out that you have nexus and were non-compliant without realizing it, or maybe you’ve been rolling the dice and crossing your fingers you won’t get audited – no matter your situation, if you have established nexus, are selling a taxable product or service into multiple states and aren’t complying with sales and use tax laws -  you have the potential to owe quite a bit in penalties and interest if caught. 

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TaxConnex Statement to Community on COVID-19

By Robert Dumas on Fri, Mar 13, 2020 @ 10:52 AM

In response to the uncertainty around COVID-19, I felt it was important to share our response to this rapidly developing situation.  Along with the safety of our employees, our top priority is maintaining a high-quality, uninterrupted service to support your business.  Your sales tax compliance continues to be our responsibility.  As we’ve always said, your sales tax compliance is all on us. 

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Congress Hears Your Problems with Wayfair

By TaxConnex on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If your business has been struggling to comply with new sales and use tax laws, Congress is listening.

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5 Steps to Avoid Sales Tax Risk with M&A

By TaxConnex on Thu, Mar 05, 2020 @ 11:14 AM

As part of the financial terms of any potential transaction, you’re likely looking at the ratio of current assets to current liabilities, revenue and net income growth, operating cash flow, market opportunity, etc.  But what about sales tax? 

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TaxConnex™ Partners with Service 2 Software

By Robert Dumas on Wed, Mar 04, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

I am excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Service 2 Software, a registered 501c(s) organization that exists to equip service members with the necessary skills to gain employment in the technology industry.  This partnership gives us a great opportunity to support our veterans while also providing skilled talent to our growing team. 

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Responding to a Sales Tax Audit

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It happened.  You received a sales tax audit notice from a jurisdiction.  What do you do?

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The Role of Technology in Your Sales Tax Compliance Process

By TaxConnex on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

Technology has radically changed the way consumers buy goods and services.  And while we can easily identify how digital disrupters, like Amazon, Netflix and Facebook have changed our purchasing behavior, a lessor known change is the way they’ve impacted sales tax.  In fact, it’s spurred the largest development in sales tax in over 50 years with the Wayfair case. While the physical presence tests still apply, the Wayfair case dramatically expands the number of businesses subject to sales and use tax obligations.

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4 Tips to Avoid a Sales Tax Audit

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Feb 20, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It’s been over a year since economic nexus was put into effect, and state and local jurisdictions have started knocking on doors to start collecting. Whether you are intentionally or unintentionally neglecting your sales tax obligations, the chance of audit is continuing to grow.

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The Costs of Non-Compliance

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Businesses that sell into various states now have to contend with the sales & use tax regulations and requirements of thousands of jurisdictions nationwide. One big question for these businesses is how much time, effort and money do they need to devote to compliance – and do they need to pay attention to it at all?

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WEIGHING YOUR OPTIONS – HOW TO MANAGE SALES TAX COMPLIANCE

By TaxConnex on Thu, Feb 06, 2020 @ 12:08 PM

In light of recent legislation changes, you’ve determined you meet sales tax nexus thresholds outside of just your home state and now you have to collect, file, and remit sales tax in multiple states. What a headache. To make matters worse, this is a compliance issue, so you must act.

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Drop Shipments - Who holds the sales & use tax responsibility?

By TaxConnex on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Drop shipments are more prevalent in today’s marketplace than most realize –many purchases made online today are commonly drop-shipped to consumers, transactions that typically involve multiple states and parties. Navigating the application of sales and use taxes and related exemptions in a drop shipment scenario is tricky for both the retailer and the drop-shipper. 

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Determining Sales Tax Nexus for your Technology Company

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Technology companies frequently engage in sales tax nexus creating activities without realizing it.  Many different activities can create “nexus”, the link that establishes the need for a seller to adhere to the jurisdiction’s sales tax rules.  And with the introduction of economic nexus in 2018, it has become even more confusing.

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The Origin of Sales & Use Tax Nexus

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Sales and use tax nexus has become a major headache for any business that sells into the United States. But what exactly is nexus for sales and use tax purposes, and where does it come from, anyway?

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Don't forget physical nexus!

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Businesses who sell over the internet must pay a lot of attention to far-flung economic tax thresholds – almost all states and more than a few localities enforce them now – so it’s easy to overlook a more-obvious tripwire.

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5 Key Pieces of Your Sales Tax Compliance Filing Process

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Once you’ve determined your requirement to collect and remit sales tax, you’ve set-up a process to charge sales tax, and you have registered with each required state, you need to consider how you will manage the return filing process.  Some key areas to consider are the following:

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The Three Words That Define Sales Tax for Businesses: It’s a headache!

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 09, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

You might be thinking, “Sales tax. Let them find me.”

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Should Sales Tax Nexus Mean Anything to Me or My Business?

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jan 07, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

Sales and use tax nexus is a connection between a person or entity and a taxing jurisdiction.  Sales tax nexus is the basis for all your sales tax decisions because without sales tax nexus you have no further obligation to a state.  If you do have sales tax nexus, then you need to dig a bit deeper.  But what exactly defines when you have sales tax nexus?

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Top 10 Sales Tax Developments to Look for in 2020

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 02, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If you thought 2019 was a confusing year for sales tax, wait for 2020, as more states continue to adjust their sales-tax laws.

Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia added enforcement of economic nexus in 2019, in addition to the 19 that added the burden to online retailers in 2018 after the Supreme Court overruled the physical presence rule in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. More than ever, out-of-state sellers with threshold limits of sales in a given state must collect and remit sales tax.

Economic nexus laws are expected to continue to change in 2020 with updates projected from several states and with the addition of more states adopting Marketplace facilitator laws there is even more to keep watch for.  

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2019 - Year in Review

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As we enter 2020, we have a lot to be thankful for at TaxConnex.  In fact, 2019 was a record-breaking year for our company, and we couldn’t have done it without all of our partners, employees, and clients. 

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Have increased holiday sales triggered new compliance obligations?

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Online retailers definitely have something to be smiling about this season. Cyber Monday saw Americans drop $9.4 billion. That figure is up 20% from last year’s $7.9 billion in online sales and it beat this year’s Black Friday’s sales.

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Localities Look to Hit Retailers with Corporate Income Tax

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As if sales tax wasn’t enough for online retailers, some states are working to make retailers pay corporate income tax as well.

The amount of corporate income taxed will be based on the retailer’s local economic activity, similar to how many assess sales tax.  Many of these new laws will kick in next year, giving retailers a Happy New Year gift of more forms to file, more money to shell out and more compliance traps to fall into.

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13 Things to Ask Any Potential Sales Tax Partner Before you say YES

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 05, 2019 @ 10:45 AM

Another tax notice just landed on your desk. Ouch. You thought you had this solved with the “fully-integrated, simple, seamless, comprehensive, customized sales tax solution” that you paid an arm and a leg for. It sure sounded great at first. This was going to make sales tax unbelievably easy – and free up your time for more strategic stuff. So why are you still scrambling to correct errors, confirm nexus, send payments, manage tax calendars, and double check everything your provider does?

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5 Things to Be Thankful for With Sales Tax

By TaxConnex on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 @ 09:30 AM

Sales tax is confusing, but this season of thankfulness (and recent developments in the world of nexus) have created things to look forward to and be thankful for heading into the holiday season and new tax year.

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Are States Easing Off Nexus?

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

Why would states go through all the trouble of enacting economic nexus to grow their tax coffers and then ease off on the restrictions - especially big states like New York and California, which were once expected to garner nine and even ten figures in tax revenue from nexus legislation?

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Three States Report Remote Sales Tax Revenue in the Wake of Wayfair

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

In the 17 months since the South Dakota vs Wayfair decision, some states have begun reporting their revenues against predicted numbers. Among the first are South Carolina, Iowa and Massachusetts – and results are mixed.

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5 Ways Wayfair is Unexpectedly Impacting Vendors

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 07, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

The American Catalog Mailers Association has released results of their survey regarding how remote retailers of all sizes were affected by the South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. decision.

States predicted minimal harm to direct/online retailers from this decision but the survey results claim a different story:

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TaxConnex Selected as a Venture Atlanta 2019 Presenting Company

By Robert Dumas on Mon, Sep 16, 2019 @ 12:49 PM

I am honored to share that TaxConnex has recently been selected by Venture Atlanta to Present at Venture Atlanta 2019.  Venture Atlanta, the Southeast’s technology innovation event, is where the region’s most promising tech companies meet the country's top-tier investors.

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Pennsylvania's Remote Seller Nexus Laws

By Brian Greer on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 @ 08:32 AM

This year the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is joining a number of other states in the U.S. that have already defined economic nexus for its sales tax as it applies to online sellers.  

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Beaufort County's New 1% Tax Will Soon Be Put to Work on New Projects

By Brian Greer on Fri, Dec 28, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

Approximately 58% of the 65,000 voting-aged residents of Beaufort County, South Carolina have approved a 1% sales tax rate hike within the county, which will go far in helping raise some much-needed funds to help the county take on new projects.  The first projects will be getting underway soon now that the funding is in place. 

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Lee County, Florida Approves 1/2 Cent Sales Tax For Schools

By Brian Greer on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

The residents of Lee County are investing in their children and in their futures as they voted to approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase.  These funds will go directly to schools to help pay for their ever-rising costs of educating the county's 84,000 students. 

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Sales Tax Rates Increased in 11 Cities Across Los Angeles County

By Brian Greer on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

Eleven cities in Los Angeles County saw voters approve an increase in sales tax rates during recent elections.  The election results mirror a trend in the state that has resulted in significantly higher sales tax rates over the past few years.

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Topeka, Kansas Half Cent Sales Tax Extends For Another Decade

By Brian Greer on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Topeka residents have voted to extend the city's 1/2% sales tax for another 10 years.  Residents cite the main reason for allowing the 1/2% sales tax to continue is in hopes of wrapping up ongoing road work in the coming years.  

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Forsyth County Voters Reject Quarter Percent Sales Tax Increase

By Brian Greer on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

Forsyth County, GA voters have overwhelmingly rejected the proposed sales tax increase that would raise sales taxes 1/4% with 68% of voters saying they are against the increase in tax.  The new sales tax was supposed to help pay for much needed new county courthouse facilities and the leftover money was going to be used to help improve the school system within the county. 

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Ohio is First State to Accept Bitcoin for Business Taxes

By Brian Greer on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

The state of Ohio broke new ground for cryptocurrency when it recently announced that businesses can pay taxes with Bitcoin. 

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Redwood City Seeks an Additional Sales Tax Increase

By Brian Greer on Tue, Nov 06, 2018 @ 01:57 PM

Redwood City, California will be asking voters for permission to increase the city's sales tax rate by another half of a cent today as residents hit the ballot boxes for Election Day.  The proposition will allow the city to raise their already rather-high sales taxes from 8.75% to 9.25%.  

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Sales Tax News - November 5, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 @ 09:48 AM

Sales Tax From Restaurants Generate Huge Revenue for Waco

Nine new restaurants have opened their doors in Waco, Texas over the past year.  There are now 119 full-service eateries in the city.  That number is up from 110 in October of last year and 103 from October of 2013.  

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North Carolina Now Collecting Sales Tax Online

By Brian Greer on Fri, Nov 02, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

Effective November 1, remote sellers including many online businesses are required to collect sales tax from their customers.  This means that shopping online is going to cost the average consumer a bit more money now than it did in the past.  This comes after the US Supreme Court ruling in June of this year in the case of South Dakota vs. Wayfair.

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Colorado Town Eyes Sales Tax Increase for New Recreation Center

By Brian Greer on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Residents of Grand Junction, Colorado, have been asking for a recreation center for years.  The city's leaders say they can have it -- but only if they approve a sales tax.  According to an article from KJCT8, the Grand Junction City Council recently voted to place the sales tax proposal on their next municipal ballot, next April.  

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Sales Tax News - October 30, 2018

By Brian Greer on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

911 Sales Tax in Lincoln Expires

A quarter-cent voter-approved sales tax ended on Monday in Lincoln.  The sales tax raised $38.14 million for the city's new emergency radio system and new fire stations.  The sales tax was approved in April 2015 and lasted for three years.  

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Sales Tax News - October 26, 2018

By Brian Greer on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

Okaloosa County to Review Possible Projects for Potential Sales Tax Collections

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Plans to Increase Rainbow City's Sales Tax Rate Falls Short

By Brian Greer on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 01:40 PM

Monday morning's 4-2 vote in Rainbow City, Alabama brought the idea of a 1% sales tax increase to a halt. This plan had been discussed before and was posted online by it's originator and city council member Tim Ramsey on social media platforms.  The idea was to increase Rainbow City's sales tax to 10% like many of the neighboring cities.

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Georgia County Invests Sales Tax Collections in Public Safety

By Brian Greer on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 09:50 AM

DeKalb County, Georgia is using $8 million in sales tax funding to purchase safety vehicles and equipment, according to an article from Decaturish.  The sales tax was approved by voters in November, 2017, for infrastructure improvements.  The purchases to be made include:

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Sales Tax News - October 19, 2018

By Brian Greer on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 @ 09:44 AM

Sales Taxes Not Going to NC Technical College

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NOMAD States Balk at Online Sales Tax

By Brian Greer on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 09:26 AM

The Wayfair ruling earlier this year opened the door to states to require out-of-state sellers to collect and remit the sales tax due.  However, there has been backlash from states that don't have a state level sales tax - the so called NOMAD states of New Hampshire, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, and Delaware.

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Pasadena Plans To Give Schools A Portion Of Sales Tax Revenue

By Brian Greer on Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 09:40 AM

Voters in Pasadena, California will have two sales tax measures to consider on the upcoming November 6 ballot.  The first ballot measure will seek the permission of voters to increase the city's sales tax by 0.75 percent.  The second issue is whether one-third of this additional tax revenue should be directed toward Pasadena Unified Schools. 

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New Bill Could Further Simplify Sales Tax Collection for Remote Sellers

By Brian Greer on Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 09:31 AM

A bipartisan bill was introduced in response to the US Supreme Court's Wayfair decision this past June. In that decision, the Supreme Court ruled that certain remote sellers should remit taxes for multiple states, not just their home state.  However, with the massive complexity of tax law surrounding each individual state, the Supreme Court advised Congress to simplify things.

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Conflict In Wyoming Results From $1.7 Million Sales Tax Mistake

By Brian Greer on Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 02:30 PM

Dan Noble, Director of the Wyoming Department of Revenue, says that a sales tax mistake made by a vendor in Sweetwater County was an innocent one that provided the vendor with no advantage.  The business mistakenly reported taxes to neighboring Natrona County.  Noble says that the correct amount of sales tax was collected from the vendor but was paid to the wrong county. 

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Bipartisan Bill Seeks To Slow States' Ability To Collect Sales Tax From Online Retailers

By Brian Greer on Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 02:23 PM

A bill introduced by Congress will seek to put the brakes on the ability of states to require remote sellers to collect sales tax on transactions completed through the internet.  The bill is in response to the June Supreme Court ruling that requires remote sellers that do business with residents of the state but do not maintain a physical presence in the state to collect the sales tax due.

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Police Union Fights Mayor On Proposed Sales Tax Increase In Grand Island, Nebraska

By Brian Greer on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 @ 09:34 AM

A proposal to increase the sales tax in Grand Island, Nebraska has restarted tensions between a police union and the mayor of the city.  A message posted on the Facebook page of the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #24 expressed the union's displeasure with what the union deems as a misrepresentation of their stance by Mayor Jeremy Jensen. 

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States Lose Big on Sales Tax from Smuggled Cigarettes

By Brian Greer on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 @ 09:25 AM

According to a recent op-ed written by Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Branch chief, Joe Fox, and published in the Washington Post, states across the nation are losing billions of dollars in tax due to cigarette smuggling.  Here are the details.

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Mississippi Hunters Enjoy 2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday

By Brian Greer on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 @ 09:15 AM

According to a report from WLOX, Biloxi's ABC news affiliate, hunters in Mississippi received a bit of a break on Labor Day weekend, with a sales tax holiday on firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies.  Passed by the Mississippi legislature in 2014, the 2nd Amendment sales tax holiday passes on a 7 percent savings to sportsmen on various supplies.  The tax break applied not only to items purchased in-store, but also to those purchased by mail, telephone, and internet, provided they were bought and paid for during the holiday, which lasted from Friday morning through Sunday at midnight.

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St. Louis County Residents Vote On Sales Tax Increase To Benefit St. Louis Zoo

By Brian Greer on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 09:09 AM

Residents of St. Louis County, Missouri will decide in November whether or not to approve a tax increase for the benefit of the St. Louis Zoo.  The proposed sales tax would fund both cosmetic and functional upgrades to the zoo.  There are also plans to construct a new breeding facility and talks of an adventure park in the northern portion of the county. 

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Sales Tax News - September 17, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 @ 08:05 AM

New Hampshire Wrangles with Online Sales Taxes

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Kansas City Residents Angered By Closed Door Meetings On Sales Tax Revenue

By Brian Greer on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 @ 04:09 PM

A five-member board in Kansas City that is tasked with overseeing a sales tax initiative for the city's East Side area is drawing criticism from the public.  The source of public displeasure is a decision by the board to not allow either citizens or members of the media to attend a recent meeting on the matter. 

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Ohio Lawmakers Want Voter Approval Before County Sales Tax Increases

By Brian Greer on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 09:21 AM

Republican lawmakers in Ohio produced a bill to the General Assembly that seeks to require voter approval before any proposed county sales tax increases can be enacted.  The proposal has some county officials nervous due to the budget cuts that have already taken place at the county level at a time when funding needs have increased. 

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Sales Tax News - August 27, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 09:11 AM

New Sales Tax Includes Kentucky Non-Profits

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Louisiana Facing Budget Shortfall Extends State Sales Tax Hike

By Brian Greer on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 @ 10:25 AM

Residents of Louisiana were not pleased in 2016 when their state legislature put in place a "temporary" state sales tax increase.  The word temporary often has a different meaning to state legislators than it does to the general public.  As of last month, lawmakers in the state decided to partially extend the increase by putting the state sales tax rate at 4.45% until 2025 citing budgetary shortfalls in the state government.

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Manatee County Could Owe Sarasota County Millions in Sales Tax

By Brian Greer on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 @ 07:54 AM

A possible bookkeeping error by the state of Florida may have caused revenue collected near the University Parkway retail area to go to the wrong county.  The Manatee County Commission was notified of the surprising news during a budget meeting on Tuesday.  The Florida Department of Revenue notified Manatee County finance officials that the county may owe Sarasota County $4 million in sales tax.

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Sacramento City Council Seeks Voter Approval For One-Cent Sales Tax Increase

By Brian Greer on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 @ 02:05 PM

A ballot measure added by the Sacramento City Council to the November ballot will seek voter approval for a one percent sales tax increase in the city to fund the maintenance of basic city services, and provide financing for economic and community development. 

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Sales Tax News - August 14, 2018

By Brian Greer on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 @ 07:56 AM

Barrington Voters to Decide on Sales Tax

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Suspends Sales Tax On Jet Fuel

By Brian Greer on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 09:58 AM

The governor for the state of Georgia, Nathan Deal, made the announcement on Monday that he would suspend the collection of the state-imposed sales tax on jet fuel.  The move by Deal is in line with an earlier promise made to Delta Air Lines and other companies that use jet fuel for business operations that the General Assembly chose to reject during the 2018 legislative session. 

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Alabama's Internet Sales Tax Plan

By Brian Greer on Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 09:42 AM

The Alabama Department of Revenue set an Oct. 1 deadline for remote sellers with more than $250,000 in annual sales to sign up for the Alabama Simplified Sellers Use Tax Program (SSUT) and start collecting sales tax.  Additionally, Marketplace facilitators will be required to sign up for SSUT and start collecting on behalf of their third-party sellers as of January 1, 2019.

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Wisconsin Announces Oct. 1 to Begin Internet Sales Tax Collection

By Brian Greer on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 02:53 PM

Moving fast, Wisconsin is one of the first states in the US set to require out-of-state businesses to collect sales tax.  Wisconsin's levy begins Oct. 1.  The US Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. has provided states the option to require out-of-state businesses to collect and remit sales tax including those businesses that sell over the Internet.

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Recent Supreme Court Decision Does Not Mandate Immediate Sales Tax Collection

By Brian Greer on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

The South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. sales tax decision by the US Supreme Court does not mean all online vendors must begin collecting sales tax immediately.

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Arizona Joins List Of States Shuffling To Adjust To New Sales Tax Codes

By Brian Greer on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 @ 08:36 AM

Lawmakers in the state of Arizona are extremely interested in the possibility of increased revenue that may be available due to the recent Supreme Court sales tax ruling but are adamant in their stance that they do not intend to allow the situation to become an added burden to its citizens. 

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Sales Tax News - July 18, 2018

By Brian Greer on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 @ 09:24 AM

Changes to Louisiana Sales Tax Start July 1

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Georgia's TSPLOST

By Brian Greer on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 @ 09:17 AM

Some Georgia counties approved while others rejected a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) in the May election.

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Sacramento Mayor Proposes Local Sales Tax Hike

By Brian Greer on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

Sacramento has had a half percent sales tax since 2012, but this tax is set to expire next year.  The mayor wants to not just replace it, but raise it to 1 percent and make the tax permanent.

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California Anxious To Collect Hundreds Of Millions In Sales Tax Revenue Resulting From Recent Change In Federal Law

By Brian Greer on Mon, Jul 09, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

The state of California had already undertaken measures of their own to collect more sales tax from online retailers a few months before a recent ruling from the Supreme Court provided states with the authority to do so. 

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New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu Plans Push Back Against Supreme Court Internet Sales Tax Ruling

By Brian Greer on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

The state of New Hampshire is pushing back against a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court that determined e-commerce websites will now be responsible for collecting sales tax from out of state customers. 

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Supreme Court Ruling On Internet Sales Tax Could Become Major Headache For Smaller E-Commerce Websites

By Brian Greer on Tue, Jul 03, 2018 @ 09:55 AM

The recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court that will now require online retailers to collect sales tax on all applicable transactions is expected to cause more than just a few headaches for many smaller e-commerce websites.  The decision by the court reverses a longstanding policy of not requiring companies to collect sales tax on sales to customers residing in a state in which the company maintains no physical presence. 

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Sacramento Sales Tax Seeks to Improve Impoverished Areas

By Brian Greer on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 08:11 AM

The Sacramento Bee reported on June 7 that Sacramento is trying to pass a half-cent sales tax to improve the impoverished areas.  This increase would be in addition to the proposal to permanently extend the Measure U half-cent sales tax.

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Sales Tax Increase to Benefit Transportation in Broward County

By Brian Greer on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 @ 09:17 AM

The citizens of Broward County, Florida may find themselves paying more in sales tax after November 6.  A 1% sales tax increase has been proposed which would mean they would be paying 7% instead of 6% on their purchases.  According to the SunSentinel, the increase in taxes will initially raise $357 million dollars a year to improve transportation.

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Hoover Alabama Sales Tax Increase

By Brian Greer on Mon, Jun 25, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

The city of Hoover, Alabama may see its first sales tax increase in almost a quarter century.  Mayor Frank Brocato recently proposed that the city raise its sales and lodging tax in order to help reconcile a budget crisis.  If the motion is approved, the estimated additional revenue will generate approximately $20 million for the city of Hoover. 

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Navajo Nation Sales Tax Increase

By Brian Greer on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 07:47 AM

The Navajo Nation—mostly found in northeastern Arizona, stretching just into southern Utah and western New Mexico—is set to increase its sales tax from 5% to 6% starting July 1st, 2018.  This is the first general sales tax rate change for the Navajo Nation in five years, and is being enacted to increase funding for their Department of Fire and Rescue Services. 

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Sales Tax News - June 18, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

Arkansas City Wants Hotels.com To Pay Local Sales Taxes

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Iowa to Charge Sales Tax on Ride Sharing Services

By Brian Greer on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 03:05 PM

The recent signing of a tax bill by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds that extends the state's six percent sales tax requirement to include taxi and ride-sharing services has drawn the ire of drivers in the state.

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Sales Tax News - June 12, 2018

By Brian Greer on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 07:55 AM

Elk River Sales Tax Could Result in Nearly $2 Million a Year

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New Jersey Governor Reinstates Program That Lowers Sales Tax

By Brian Greer on Fri, Jun 08, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

New Jersey State Governor Phil Murphy recently signed into law a bill that renews sales tax cuts for five towns in the state.  The measure taken by Governor Murphy effectively reverses a decision made last year by former Governor Chris Christie to nix a program that brought sales tax relief to these five jurisdictions. 

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Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday in Florida Runs Through June 7

By Brian Greer on Tue, Jun 05, 2018 @ 01:58 PM

Residents in Florida will be able to stock up on hurricane supplies while saving big.  The sales tax holiday in Florida started June 1, and gives residents a chance to prepare for future hurricanes. 

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Sales Tax Increase in Hamilton County Ohio

By Brian Greer on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

Hamilton County, Ohio, home to the Cincinnati metropolitan area, is considering raising sales tax.  The county commissioners would like to raise the tax by 0.25 cents in order to raise $38 million, which they say is desperately needed.  The county commissioners are currently deciding on whether to raise the tax or not, and if so, whether to do it by direct vote or leave it up to the people at the polls.  A recent editorial in Cincinnati.com discusses the details:

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Kansas Sales Tax Changes

By Brian Greer on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 01:55 PM

A number of changes to sales tax rates in Kansas are set to take place on July 1st, 2018.  Three counties will see their sales taxes change, affecting thirty-two cities and towns.

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New Sales Tax in Oklahoma City

By Brian Greer on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 02:28 PM

As of January 1st, 2018, Oklahoma City instituted a new permanent sales tax hike of 1/4 cent.  According to the city's website, this means that a shopper pays an extra 25 cents in tax on a $100 purchase.  This is not a substantial hike but what makes it significant is that this is the first sales tax hike the city has instituted since 1976 and it is expected to raise the annual revenue by $26 million. 

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West Virginia Local Sales Tax Changes

By Brian Greer on Tue, May 22, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

Although the state sales tax in West Virginia is a relatively high six percent, this is generally balanced out by a lack of local sales taxes.  At the moment, out of two hundred and thirty municipalities, fewer than twenty percent impose an additional sales tax.  For a small number of residents, that rate is set to rise on July 1st, 2018, when the towns of Athens, Davis, Elizabeth, and Elkins all begin a one percent local sales tax (for a combined rate of seven percent).

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TrumpStore.com to Collect Sales Tax in New York and Virginia

By Brian Greer on Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 09:50 AM

An online store operated by the Trump Organization has initiated the process to collect sales tax on orders from customers that live in the states of Virginia and New York.  This brings the number of states in which TrumpStore.com collects sales tax to four as the tax was already collected for orders purchased by Florida and Louisiana residents.  The online merchant sells a variety of items stamped with the Trump brand including baseball caps and polo shirts.

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Utah's Silent Crackdown Could Mean More Online Taxes to Come

By Brian Greer on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 12:55 PM

Last week, it was reported that Utah is making a move towards collecting sales taxes for online purchases for the first time.

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Sales Tax News - May 14, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, May 14, 2018 @ 09:25 AM

Burnsville Considers Local Sales Tax

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Governor Charlie Baker Wants More Discussions Around Massachusetts Sales Tax

By Brian Greer on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker was recently asked to elaborate on comments he made regarding the reduction of state sales tax while present at the Republican state convention.

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How Soon Will Internet Retailers Collect Sales Tax?

By Brian Greer on Tue, May 08, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, 14% of U.S. retail sales occurred over the internet in 2017.  Consumers spent nearly $455 billion dollars buying online products, a 16% increase over 2016.  In other words, online shopping continues to grow at a healthy pace.  This is why all eyes are on a pending United States Supreme Court case, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

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Sales Tax News - April 30, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

Oregon County Looks to Place Tax on Marijuana Sales

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Texas Sales Tax Amnesty Begins May 1

By Brian Greer on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

As first announced last December by Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar, the Texas Tax Amnesty Program will begin Tuesday, May 1, 2018.  The program offers a limited opportunity to certain delinquent taxpayers to bring their tax accounts into compliance with state tax law without incurring penalties and interest on any amounts due to the state.  Amnesty applies to tax periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and only includes those amounts that have not been previously reported to the Comptroller's office.  The amnesty program will continue until Friday, June 29, 2018.

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Denver Looks to Raise Sales Tax for Mental Health Care

By Brian Greer on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 07:55 AM

A Democrat state lawmaker and a group of health care advocates in Denver are looking to add a .25 percent sales tax increase that would help raise money for mental health care and substance abuse treatment within the city of Denver.  The health care advocates claim the city is lacking when it comes to funding these type of programs. 

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Sales Tax News - April 19, 2018

By Brian Greer on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

Sales Tax Increase Proposed at Tallassee (Alabama) Council Meeting

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Oklahoma Sales Tax Bill Makes Way Through House

By Brian Greer on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved a last-minute measure earlier this month that would require third-party retailers conducting business online to collect sales tax when selling their wares to Oklahoma residents.

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New Hampshire Pushes Back Against Proposed Online Sales Tax Expansion

By Brian Greer on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 01:55 PM

Both the House and Senate for the state of New Hampshire stand in allegiance against the proposed expansion of online sales tax.  The matter is set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court later this month.

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Sales Tax News - April 11, 2018

By Brian Greer on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 02:05 PM

Salt Lake City Seeks Input From Residents About Higher Taxes

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Residents of Kentucky Set to Pay Sales Tax on Certain Services

By Brian Greer on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

Residents of the state of Kentucky may for the first time be faced with a 6% sales tax on services such as lawn maintenance, car repairs, pet grooming services, and the like.  The proposed taxes are part of a tax code overhaul plan by state Republicans that is forecasted to produce $480 million dollars for the state over the next two years.

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Etsy Will Collect Sales Tax in Pennsylvania and Washington

By Brian Greer on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 08:05 AM

The e-commerce website Etsy has announced that they will collect sales tax on all purchases made by customers residing in the states of Pennsylvania and Washington.  The decision on the part of Etsy follows a similar move by Amazon a month ago.

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President Trump Joins the Sales Tax Fight Against Amazon

By Brian Greer on Tue, Apr 03, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

President Trump voiced his displeasure recently with the policy of Amazon to not collect sales taxes on goods sold by third-party sellers.

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Sales Tax News - March 26, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 @ 08:35 AM

Des Moines Sales Tax Increase Fails

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Marketplace Collection in Pennsylvania is Next

By Brian Greer on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

Amazon recently confirmed its plans to collect sales tax on all orders shipped to Pennsylvania, according to CNBC, in an effort to be on the same playing field as physical stores.  This policy will be enacted on April 1st, and comes shortly after the establishment of this policy in Washington - where the company is headquartered.  Prior to this new policy, Amazon did collect sales tax on items it sold directly, but didn't handle taxes on third-party sales, explains Lancaster Online.

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More Changes to Illinois' Sales Tax Looms

By Brian Greer on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 07:05 AM

Citizens in Illinois are already accustomed to one of the highest sales tax rates in the nation, but they may soon be moving up the list by another notch or two in the near future, as lesser-taxed counties take advantage of a law signed by former governor Pat Quinn.  Currently, the Tax Foundation ranks the state #7 in the US, based upon an average of the sales tax rate in each county.  Some counties have enacted higher sales tax rates than others, particularly those near Chicago.  Other counties may soon be joining them.

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Take Me Out to the Sales Tax Game

By Brian Greer on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 @ 01:55 PM

With spring training starting up, most baseball teams are worried about line-ups, batting averages, and 100-mile-per-hour fast balls.  But the Cincinnati Reds management has one more thing to worry about: sales tax.  The Ohio Department of Taxation claims the team owes $88,000 in unpaid sales tax from 2008-2010 on bobblehead dolls and other items the team gave out as promotional items to attract fans to games that otherwise might have low attendance.  Under Ohio law, companies do not have to pay tax on items that they are simply going to resell.  Based on that rule, the team refused to pay, claiming that they were simply reselling the bobblehead dolls of popular players, and the price was included in the ticket.  According to the team's request for review to the Ohio Supreme Court, the value of the promotional item substituted for the "value" of the less-popular game.

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Sales Tax News - March 13, 2018

By Brian Greer on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

Los Gatos Voters May Face Sales Tax Hike

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Toys "R" Us Closing Stores Amidst Competition from Amazon

By Brian Greer on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 @ 03:15 PM

From coast to coast, momentum continues to build for the required collection of sales taxes by online retailers, as the unfair advantage such firms hold over brick-and-mortar outlets becomes more and more clear.  In Boise this week, a sales tax bill that already passed the state House 46-21 was cleared by a Senate panel to move to that body's floor for a vote.  The bill would require e-tailers that transact at least $10,000 in Idaho sales to collect sales taxes.  An interesting caveat in the bill limits enforcement to firms that have an affiliation with an existing Idaho business, however.  Thus, this is not a blanket rule.  The bill's sponsor has stated that leveling the playing field for Idaho businesses is the main goal of the proposed law.

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Sales Tax News - March 9, 2018

By Brian Greer on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 02:05 PM

Booneville Sales Tax Receipt Nears $65,000

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Kansas Mulls Lowering Food Sales Tax

By Brian Greer on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

Kansas Sales Tax

As it stands today, a Kansan shopping for groceries can expect to pay as much as 11% in food sales taxes in certain areas of the state.  The Kansas state sales tax accounts for 6.5% of this total.  In the state Senate, proponents are arguing for a constitutional amendment to reduce this rate.  These proposals come while Kansas struggles to balance its budget.  The state Supreme Court recently ordered, for the fifth time in four years, for increased budgeting for public schools.

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Georgia Plans to Tax Netflix Streaming

By Brian Greer on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 09:55 AM

Local and state governments everywhere have been trying to update their existing tax code to keep up with today's changing technology and consumer offerings.  In one of the latest moves, Georgia is planning to add a sales tax to media streaming giant Netflix, among others.

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Sales Tax Reductions in New Jersey

By Brian Greer on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 @ 03:05 PM

In New Jersey, 2018 began with good news for consumers.  The state sales tax decreased again, from 6.875% to 6.625%.  This was the second phase of a planned decrease to the sales tax.  In 2017, New Jersey implemented the first decrease from 7% to 6.875%.  This decrease occurred as part of a deal made at the end of 2016.  Lawmakers agreed to a sale tax decrease because there was a gasoline price hike of 23 cents adopted at the same time.  To compensate for the rise in gas prices, lawmakers implemented a plan to lower the sales tax rate over two years.  The increase gas price was significant because it provided more funding for road repair and other transportation department infrastructure needs.

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Sales Tax News - February 26, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Sales Tax Holiday May Become Permanent

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Sales Tax News - February 23, 2018

By Brian Greer on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 @ 08:58 AM

Long-Term Sales Tax Increase Vetoed

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Sales Tax News - February 21, 2018

By Brian Greer on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 @ 02:05 PM

Lt. Governor in Oklahoma Narrows List of Sales Tax Exemptions

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Sales Tax News - February 19, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

Tucson Considers Sales Taxes To Fix Local Roads

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Should Sales Tax Apply to Health Clubs?

By Brian Greer on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

Maine does not apply sales tax to gym memberships, but it is not from the lack of trying.  Governor LePage proposed imposing such a tax in the 2018-19 state budget, but gym owners and their patrons successfully pushed back.  

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Iowa Plans to Tackle Online Sales Tax Collections

By Brian Greer on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 08:03 AM

After the US Congress successfully passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in December, the Iowa Legislature will begin work on state tax reform.  One of the major issues that will be discussed is sales tax on e-commerce transactions.

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Soda Tax - An Idea That Keeps Bubbling Along

By Brian Greer on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 03:05 PM

Whether you are a member of the Pepsi generation or are in the mood for a can of the "Real Thing," it's going to cost you more in some major American cities.  These municipalities have enacted a "soda tax," adding one to two cents per ounce to the cost of a variety of drinks in order to discourage people from drinking high calorie beverages.  Here is the list of places that do not want to make it easy for you to "Do the Dew": 

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Sales Tax News - February 6, 2018

By Brian Greer on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 07:45 AM

Sales Tax Collections in Lincoln to Pay for Four Fire Stations

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Sales Tax News - February 2, 2018

By Brian Greer on Fri, Feb 02, 2018 @ 09:37 AM

Pasadena, California Considering A Sales Tax Hike

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Sales Tax News - January 31, 2018

By Brian Greer on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 08:28 AM

Midland Sees Seventh Straight Month of Positive Sales Tax Collections

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Amazon Turns Over Third Party Sellers to Massachusetts

By Brian Greer on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 09:52 AM

Amazon has been battling with Massachusetts for months but will need to turn over the names and FEINs of third party sellers in the state.  In addition, Amazon will be required to supply the value of the inventory stored in the state for each third-party seller.

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Sales Tax News - January 23, 2018

By Brian Greer on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 09:05 AM

Little Falls Considers Local Option Sales Tax

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Sales Tax in the Cross Hairs as the US Supreme Court Accepts Case

By Brian Greer on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 07:35 AM

You've likely seen by now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a case that could have significant impact in the sales tax world.  Specifically, the Court is set to review a case that would require businesses to collect state and local sales tax regardless of their physical presence in a state. The total taxes amount to billions and the Court will be revisiting a 26-year-old case that has largely allowed the internet to be a tax-free zone.

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Sales Tax News - January 18, 2018

By Brian Greer on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 08:15 AM

Geneva, Illinois to Add Sales Tax Hike to Ballot

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Noem and Jackley Look to Solve Online Sales Tax Problem

By Brian Greer on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 04:30 PM

United States Representative Kristi Noem is working to pass a bill that would require online sellers to collect sales tax. Noem said she received a commitment from President Donald Trump in a recent meeting that also included Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and other White House staffers

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Retail Cannabis Promises Big Sales Tax Collections

By Brian Greer on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 04:45 PM

Forbes reports that California's marijuana market stocks soared on the first open trading day of the year, after California legalized retail sales of the drug and became the largest legal market in the US.

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Sales Tax News - January 8, 2018

By Brian Greer on Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 07:05 AM

City Council Approves Referendum to Raise Sales Tax Rate

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Tax Rate Increases Effective Jan 1, 2018

By Brian Greer on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 04:45 PM

New Sales Tax Goes Into Effect in Stearns County, Minnesota

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E-Commerce Sales Tax & Third Party Merchants

By Brian Greer on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 04:30 PM

According to the United States Department of Commerce's Census Bureau news, e-commerce transactions made up 9.1% of total retail sales in the third quarter of 2017, accounting for  more than $115 billion in sales.

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California Gets Creative By Introducing a Potential "Mileage" Tax

By Brian Greer on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

As states look to replace lost sales tax collections, they have become creative in how nexus rules are applied and in some cases, have introduced new taxing regimes.  California may soon be introducing a new tax to its residents. 

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What Massachusetts Can Gain from Taxing Marijuana

By Brian Greer on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 @ 04:35 PM

This past year, Massachusetts became the latest of few states that have decided to legalize marijuana.  Though the ship hasn't totally sailed on selling, it is no longer viewed as a crime and recreational smoking is legal.  With that said, the question still remains for the state: how much do they stand to profit from taxing?  According to the Boston Globe"Taxes on recreational marijuana sales could net the state between $44 million and $82 million in the next fiscal year, according to a new analysis by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue."

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Sales Tax News - December 26, 2017

By Brian Greer on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Clayton County Fights to Keep $20 Million Jet Fuel Sales Tax

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Sales Tax News - December 22, 2017

By Brian Greer on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 09:57 AM

Oklahoma Town Considering Sales Tax Election

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Sales Tax News - December 19, 2017

By Brian Greer on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 @ 01:02 PM

Florida Senator Aims to Eliminate Diaper Sales Tax

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Illinois Cities Look to Save $500K in Sales Tax Fees

By Brian Greer on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 06:01 AM

Two cities in Illinois (Bloomington and Normal) are banding together to oppose a recent law that has them paying a two percent collection fee on sales tax in their communities.  This fee costs the cities approximately one million dollars in local funds and opponents insist it is an unfair burden placed on the cities in an attempt at reviving a state budget that has long been out of control. 

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Sales Tax News - December 13, 2017

By Brian Greer on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

Williamson County, TN

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Sales Tax News - December 11, 2017

By Brian Greer on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 02:02 PM

El Segundo to Revisit Sales Tax

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Sales Tax News - December 8, 2017

By Brian Greer on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 06:00 AM

North Myrtle Beach to Hold Referendum on a New Sales Tax

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Sales Tax News - December 6, 2017

By Brian Greer on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 08:13 AM

Auburn Sees Sales Tax Decrease While Rest of Cayuga County Sees Increase

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Colorado Locales Vote to Increase Sales Tax on Cannabis

By Brian Greer on Mon, Dec 04, 2017 @ 02:43 PM

Several cities and counties across Colorado have approved various sales taxes on marijuana during the elections in November.  Some areas of Colorado voted on the issue even though they do not yet have any dispensaries.  These new local taxes are in addition to the steep state taxes.

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Sales Tax News - November 30, 2017

By Brian Greer on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 @ 07:39 AM

Palmyra City Council Approves Sales Tax Ballot Proposal

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Amazon Collecting Sales Tax for Third Party Sellers?

By Brian Greer on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 04:48 PM

At a time when many states are trying to offer tax breaks to Amazon to host the company's new headquarters, the state of South Carolina is instead trying to collect more taxes from the online retail giant by forcing them to collect sales tax for purchases made from within the state.

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Voters in Texas Reject Sales Tax Increase

By Brian Greer on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

Bastrop County, TX

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Sales Tax News - November 20, 2017

By Brian Greer on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 02:02 PM

Timnath, CO

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Put Up Your Dukes - South Carolina vs. Online Shopping

By Brian Greer on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 08:39 AM

I'm predicting this week's breaking news of the State of South Carolina officially filing suit against global Internet giant Amazon for a reported amount of $500 million will precede major increases in online sales during the onset of the 2017 holiday buying frenzy.  Online merchants can expect to see even greater numbers than the usual 15% online sales increase this year, due to many states jumping on the bandwagon to grab their piece of the pie as Americans strive to save hard-earned money by shopping online and thereby saving the expense of paying their state's sales tax.

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Arkansas Task Force to Analyze Sales Tax Exemptions

By Brian Greer on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 01:02 PM

The state of Arkansas has appointed a task force to analyze the state's sales tax exemptions.  With new federal tax reform in the works, the state is looking to address areas of its own policies that are in need of adjustment.  The Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force will take a look at the state's 101 exemptions and determine if any of them can be eliminated.

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Sales Tax News - November 14, 2017

By Brian Greer on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 07:53 AM

Washington D.C. Considering Sales Tax Increase

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