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No matter how many states you're in or how often regulations change. It’s only possible because of our proprietary platform and network of sales tax experts. Sales tax is more complicated than ever, especially in a post-Wayfair world. Yet the providers who claim to simplify sales tax often still leave the hardest parts – and the liability – up to you. When you work with TaxConnex, it’s all on us. This means you get all the know-how, all the backup, and none of the risk. That’s why everyone from big corporations and accounting firms to the latest online boutique all turn to TaxConnex. Now it’s all on us.™

Recent posts by TaxConnex

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Sales Tax FAQs

By TaxConnex on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

We can’t say it enough – sales tax is complex. Whether you outsource aspects of the process or manage it all in house, there are a lot of moving parts and nothing seems to stay the same for long.

We’ve compiled some of the top questions we get from clients on sales & use tax. Part 1 of these questions was on sales tax and business services. Keep reading for some of our more introductory questions we get asked on a daily basis.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax
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Correctly File Your Sales Tax Returns in Four Steps

By TaxConnex on Tue, Oct 20, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

When looking at all that goes in to maintaining your business’s compliance in sales tax, the filing of your returns is often seen as one of the easiest tasks. Yet, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that can trip you up in the process.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax filing
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Top Sales Tax Terms To Be Aware Of

By TaxConnex on Thu, Oct 15, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

As if understanding your nexus obligations wasn’t confusing enough, you throw in words and phrases like marketplace facilitator, TPP, tax situs and economic vs. physical nexus and even the most advanced finance professionals can be thrown for a loop.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Sales Tax and Business Services – Your Top Questions Answered

By TaxConnex on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Companies that perform services often see themselves as tax exempt, and in many cases that is true, but there are certain states and situations in which that is not the case. Gain a better understanding of your sales and use tax obligations with these frequently asked questions we have received from businesses that provide services.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance taxability
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Can IP Addresses Be Used to Assess Sales Tax?

By TaxConnex on Thu, Oct 08, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The short answer: maybe. What’s an IP address and how can it influence your company’s need to collect and remit sales tax to states?

When your customers access your website and make purchases, the customer is often providing a billing and/or shipping address which can be used to determine where sales tax applies. In certain online transactions, these physical addresses may not be available. As a result, an Internet Protocol (IP) address may be all that’s available. The IP address of the computer being used to access your website can be identified and via third party databases, the IP address can be mapped to a physical address for purposes of applying sales tax.

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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The Sales Tax Requirements of Selling Into Canada

By TaxConnex on Thu, Oct 01, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

U.S. sales tax post-Wayfair is confusing enough. What if you begin selling into a foreign country? You’ve heard it before that US sales & use tax laws are some of the most confusing, but how are things done with our neighbor to the north? Do the same rules apply, is it easier to understand?

Topics: sales tax compliance
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Latest Developments in State and Local Sales Tax

By TaxConnex on Tue, Sep 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

In Alabama, rising pandemic-related online shopping has been a “life saver” for the state’s municipal governments and a “financial vaccine for Alabama’s counties,” the state said. The state’s SSUT has taken in more than $309 million overall during the current fiscal year – almost double the tax generated during all of fiscal 2018-19. The number of online retailers in the program has also grown from fewer than 200 in 2017 to more than 2,900 today.

Under the SSUT formula, 50 percent of all revenues from online sales from companies participating in the program go to the state. The legislation also expanded the program to allow out-of-state online sellers to join the SSUT even if they have an affiliate with a brick-and-mortar presence in Alabama.

The Decatur, Ala., city council was also recently set to vote on giving a quarter of online sales tax revenue to the city’s schools in 2021. (A portion of the funds must support child-related nonprofits.) The city expects to get about $2 million in 2020 and again in 2021 from online sales tax.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax news
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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.

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.

Topics: telecom tax taxability
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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. 

Topics: sales tax south dakota vs. wayfair
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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 

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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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