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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How eCommerce Businesses Can Stay Compliant in Their Busiest Time of the Year

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Nov 23, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

We are in the midst of the busiest shopping season of the year. A time many retail businesses rely on to meet their year-end numbers. But what happens when a world still rocked by the pandemic continues to make the majority of its sales online?

Topics: sales tax compliance retail
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Options in Mitigating Past Sales Tax Liability

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 18, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Most businesses don’t set out to be non-compliant with sales tax, or anything for that matter. In fact, you probably have the best of intentions of meeting your sales tax obligations in the future. 

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax news
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Understanding Affiliate Nexus and Other Forms of Physical Presence

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Nov 16, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The explosive growth of online sales means that state and local governments are searching for ways to recoup the tax revenue that they have determined they are owed. Between the second quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021, online sales in the United States grew by 28 percent. States are eager to take a portion of these sales and include them in their general tax revenues.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax news
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What Happened in October for State Sales and Use Taxes

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 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 news
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3 Components of Sales Tax to Not Forget

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Nov 09, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

You might think that collecting the tax and filing a tax form is all you need to be sales tax compliant. You wouldn’t be completely wrong – filling out the form is a huge start – but other steps are needed to fully manage your compliance.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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TaxConnex Releases Research that Reveals Top Concerns Among Financial Leaders Responsible for Sales Tax in 2022

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 04, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

TaxConnex is pleased to announce the completion of their second annual sales tax survey finding that the increasing sales tax complexities, growing nexus, fear of sales tax audits and limited resources to do what is necessary to remain compliant are among the top worries of financial professionals heading into 2022.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Sales Tax and Vitamins/Dietary Supplements

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Nov 02, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

You won’t find too many more confusing sales tax scenarios than the one involving dietary supplements.

For purposes of sales tax, sometimes supplements and vitamins are considered drugs (prescription or not), sometimes groceries or food, sometimes tangible personal property – and sometimes not. In still other instances, they’re not taxed at all. So how do you manage your sales tax liability if you are selling vitamins, dietary supplements or other items that fall into this undescriptive category?

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Sales Tax Can Be Scary

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Oct 28, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

It may be the season of ghosts and goblins, but sales tax obligations last all year, and as many would admit, keeping track of all your sales tax obligations can be quite scary.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Name Your Sales Tax Data Files for the Long Haul

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Oct 26, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

When we talk with businesses about sales tax compliance, we eventually get to a discussion about preparing and filing returns. Many times, this starts with “how hard can it be”. “It’s just putting numbers on a form”. However, I encourage businesses to consider the myriad aspects that need to be managed including updating your tax filing calendar, managing sales tax notices, monitoring their nexus thresholds, etc. Other key aspects include understanding your data sources, storing the data in a shared location, and naming them in a consistent format. This will help streamline your audits when they occur.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Understanding Your Sales Tax Obligations As an E-Commerce Business – a Checklist

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Sales and use tax generally applies to the sale or use of tangible personal property (TPP) and certain services. For most brick-and-mortar retail stores, sales tax is relatively simple, but what happens when you open an online store? Whether you’re selling tangible personal property or other taxable materials online, your sales tax obligations have changed considerably over the last few years with the introduction of economic nexus.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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How to Respond to Sales Tax Notices

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Oct 19, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

You may think your business is in full compliance with your sales tax obligations nationwide – and you may well be – but America’s 10,000-plus sales tax jurisdictions love to send notices. And without the right correspondence or adjustments due to these notices, you could be in hot water.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Top Skills Needed to Manage Sales Tax

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Oct 14, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The majority of businesses still manage their sales tax obligations with internal staff, but do they have what it takes to manage sales tax effectively?

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance
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NOMAD States: The Latest on Sales Tax

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

NOMAD and sales tax – I’m sure you’ve heard it before. But what does it mean?

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance
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Monthly State Sales and Use Tax Update

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Oct 07, 2021 @ 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 nexus sales tax compliance
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Excise Tax versus Sales Tax

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Oct 05, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Soon after you start dealing with states’ sales tax, you’re going to also run into another term: excise tax.

What is excise tax? And is it different from sales tax?

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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What Happens if You Mess Up a Sales Tax Filing

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Last week we talked about all of the different filing frequencies and deadlines you have to manage with your sales tax obligation. If you missed that – check it out! But what happens if you accidentally miss one of those deadlines, or you didn’t realize your deadline had changed?

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability