Robert Dumas

Robert Dumas

Accountant, consultant and entrepreneur, Robert Dumas began his public accounting career on the tax staff at Arthur Young & Co., followed by a brief stint at Grant Thornton. In 1998, Robert founded Tax Partners, which became the largest sales tax compliance service bureau in the country, and later sold it to Thomson Corporation. Robert founded TaxConnex in 2006 on the principle that the sales tax industry needed more than automation to truly help clients, thus building within TaxConnex a proprietary platform and network of sales tax experts to truly take sales tax off client’s plates.

Recent posts by Robert Dumas

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Sales tax and Marketplaces: Who owns the responsibility?

By Robert Dumas on Tue, May 14, 2024 @ 11:33 AM

Once upon a time, selling online meant little more than setting up a website and sending both marketing efforts and sales direct to your customers from you.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax retail ecommerce shopify tiktok
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Physical nexus gotchas

By Robert Dumas on Thu, May 09, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

Economic nexus has grabbed most of the headlines since the landmark Wayfair decision in 2018. Most online businesses probably think first about how much they sell in other states.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance sales tax
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What’s new in sales tax for April?

By Robert Dumas on Tue, May 07, 2024 @ 11:35 AM

There’s always something changing in the world of tax, especially sales tax. Here’s a review of some of the recent changes and updates.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax news
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6 US Sales and Use Tax Compliance Considerations that Foreign Based Businesses Can’t Forget!

By Robert Dumas on Thu, May 02, 2024 @ 11:46 AM

Selling your products/services into the US opens a sizable range of sales opportunities, but it could also open the door to significant complexity in managing your US sales tax obligations.  Once you understand when you have established a US sales tax obligation and know your products and services are taxable, it’s time to set up a filing process to ensure on-going compliance.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance sales tax economic nexus internationaltax
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Fee or Tax? A Retail Delivery Fee Q.&A.

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Apr 30, 2024 @ 11:30 AM

More states are plowing ahead with adding a new kind of expense to delivering in the eCommerce age. In what states do you have to watch for retail delivery fees (RDFs)?

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax ecommerce
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Sales tax isn't simple: Is outsourcing the answer?

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Apr 25, 2024 @ 01:57 PM

There’s nothing like just walking down the hall of your office or clicking into a virtual team meeting to get an answer on something as complex and important as your company’s sales tax obligations.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax filing
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TaxConnex Awarded CLEARLYRATED’S 2024 Best of Accounting Award for Service Excellence for Second Year in a Row

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Apr 23, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

We are thrilled to announce we have been awarded ClearlyRated's Best of Accounting® Award for Service Excellence for the second year in a row! 

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax CPA Now it's all on us
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Top Sales Tax Questions & Answers for Foreign Businesses Selling Into the US

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Apr 18, 2024 @ 11:15 AM

The United States has possibly the world’s most complex sales tax regime. This is due to each state setting its own sales tax rules, and states often take widely varying approaches. As a result, each state has a different tax framework, with varying rules around everything from tax liability and tax rates to exemption categories and reporting requirements. On top of this, some local area tax jurisdictions also have powers over some aspects of taxation and can set different rules for their city or county.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance sales tax economic nexus internationaltax
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Where and how does sales tax apply to marketing and advertising?

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Apr 16, 2024 @ 11:13 AM

Some aspects of sales tax never seem to change, or they change infrequently. Be assured: Sales tax on digital advertising and marketing is not among those.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax taxability
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Vitamins, supplements and sales tax – the latest

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Apr 09, 2024 @ 11:13 AM

The common definition of dietary supplements and vitamins is a non-food item that includes a vitamin, mineral, herb, botanical, amino acid or dietary substance. So are supplements and vitamins taxable? The answer: “Sometimes.”

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax taxability
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Transaction Thresholds: Vanishing Acts?

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Apr 04, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

Economic nexus thresholds in many states depend on two numbers. Now, almost six years after the landmark Wayfair case ignited sales tax obligations for more remote sellers, one of those numbers might be falling out of favor.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax economic nexus
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U.S. Sales Tax Basics for International Companies

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Mar 28, 2024 @ 01:45 PM

Companies outside the United States that sell into America most likely know sales tax obligations from experience with Europe’s value-added tax (VAT) or Canada’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Provincial Sales Tax (PST).

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax internationaltax VAT
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6 Steps to Getting Sales Tax Compliance Right in 2024

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Mar 26, 2024 @ 11:38 AM

We are at the end of Q1 of 2024 and continue to discuss how to ensure your business is set up to get your sales tax compliance right in 2024. If you’re like the over 49% of businesses who participated in our annual sales tax trends survey and are unsatisfied with the way you are managing sales tax, then you’re in the right place.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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What’s new in sales tax?

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Mar 21, 2024 @ 11:20 AM

There’s always something changing in the world of tax, especially sales tax. Here’s a review of some of the recent changes and sales tax updates.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax news
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VAT, GST and will the U.S. see a national tax?

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Mar 19, 2024 @ 10:24 AM

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your online business had to deal with just a single sales tax rate?

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax canada internationaltax VAT
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Surviving a sales tax audit

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Mar 14, 2024 @ 12:09 PM

The fear of a sales tax audit from one of the country’s thousands of tax jurisdictions is legitimate. Audits can disrupt your business and potentially cost you thousands of dollars.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax audits