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 2011 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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What was new in December for state sales and use taxes

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 26, 2023 @ 11:00 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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The latest on sales tax on shipping charges (part 2)

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Jan 24, 2023 @ 11:14 AM

Shipping is indispensable to eCommerce yet sales tax on it remains a mishmash of regulations across the states.

In our previous blog, we looked at how exemptions, the taxability of the item being shipped and selling into tax-free states affect sales tax on shipping. What other factors change your shipping/sales tax obligations and in what states?

Topics: sales tax retail ecommerce
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What to know about responsible party laws

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 19, 2023 @ 11:24 AM

We hear a lot about “sales tax obligations,” but who exactly in your company is “obligated?”

You are, at least in many states.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax CPA
2 min read

The latest on sales tax on shipping charges (part 1)

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Jan 17, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Online sales could not exist without shipping, and the charges associated with shipping are subject to sales tax in many states.

Question is, who has to pay that sales tax these days, and where?

Topics: sales tax retail ecommerce
3 min read

Sales tax and economic nexus in Puerto Rico

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 12, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Studies show that some 1.4 million people in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (more than a third of population) do their shopping online, with annual online purchases in the U.S. territory now at $458 million. The size of the average online transaction in Puerto Rico has almost tripled in the past six years.

It’s a fair bet, then, that sooner or later you’re going to be selling online into Puerto Rico, which has a sales tax. Every U.S. state with a sales tax has economic nexus thresholds – does Puerto Rico?

Topics: sales tax economic nexus ecommerce
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3rd Annual Sales Tax Market Research Survey Results Released!

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Jan 10, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

We have completed our third annual survey of top financial professionals on how they are managing sales tax. This year’s results reveal a perfect storm is brewing for financial leaders who continue to depend on internal resources even though expertise and bandwidth is lacking while companies struggle with the current economic climate, rising inflation, and a tight job market.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax CPA
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Economic nexus overview - all states with sales tax now active

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Jan 03, 2023 @ 11:14 AM

Next summer will mark five years since the Supreme Court ignited economic sales tax nexus with the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc et aldecision. Many businesses are still trying to figure out how to manage the resulting obligations, but one thing’s clear:

Now every state with a sales tax has economic nexus.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news economic nexus
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What happened in sales tax in 2022

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 29, 2022 @ 12:50 PM

New sources of tax revenue, old ones robust but sputtering in spots, tax holidays as political tools amid inflation: It’s been a year of new trends in sales tax.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax news
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What is a sales tax exemption?

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Dec 27, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Sales and use tax nexus is defined as 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.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Sales tax for Shopify users

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Dec 20, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Shopify is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms. The e-commerce website builder claims that more than 1.7 million businesses have made over $200 billion in sales with the Ottawa, Ontario-based company’s websites.

Free trials, tiered plans, 24/7 support, thousands of app integrations, unlimited storage and bandwidth… Truly does sound like whatForbes called an “all-in-one platform [with] everything you need to launch an online store.”

What about sales tax?

Topics: sales tax retail ecommerce
2 min read

Cyber Monday again breaks records

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Dec 13, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

How big were online sales on Monday, Nov. 28?

Topics: sales tax retail ecommerce
4 min read

Managing Transactional Taxes as Your Business Grows Globally

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 08, 2022 @ 11:15 AM

You may think that selling outside the U.S. spares you the complexities and headaches of sales tax thresholds. And you’d be right – except that in many countries you’d instead run into value-added tax (VAT) on transactions.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax news
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Calculation and Compliance: The Importance of Having Both in Your Sales Tax Process (But Not Necessarily By the Same Provider)

By Robert Dumas on Mon, Dec 05, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Understanding the various aspects of your sales tax process is critical to keep your business on solid ground as it relates to sales tax and minimize your risk.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax calculation
5 min read

What was new in October for state sales and use taxes

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 01, 2022 @ 11:00 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
2 min read

Accounting firms and sales and use tax advising: Perfect together?

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Nov 22, 2022 @ 02:05 PM

In our blog last week, we looked at how sales and use tax advisory services might be a good new field for CPAs and accounting firms. How can they go about making the move?

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax CPA
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Don’t let Black Friday blind you to sales tax obligations

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 17, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Holiday shopping season is here again – and eCommerce looks to be bigger than ever. But retailers looking forward to perhaps record online sales have to remember how to comply with widely divergent sales tax regulations.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax retail ecommerce