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Holdout States Moving Toward Sales Tax Requirements

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Apr 08, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Of the 50 states, 45 (plus DC) charge a state-wide sales tax. Two of those states that have a state-wide sales tax, Missouri and Florida, have yet to adopt economic nexus standards set by the 2018 South Dakota v. Wayfair case. At least for now.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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Sales and Use Tax Updates from March

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Apr 06, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

There’s always something changing in the world of tax, especially sales tax. And 2021 continues to prove that. Here’s a review of some of the recent changes and updates.

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Understanding Sales Tax Exemptions and Exclusions

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Apr 01, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Why Are Businesses Dissatisfied With the Way They Manage Sales Tax?

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

At the end of last year, TaxConnex commissioned Porter Research Group to conduct a survey of 100 finance leaders to understand the growing concerns they face related to sales tax heading into 2021.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Sales Tax and Your 2021 Growth Goals

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

If your online company looks to expand its interstate sales in 2021, know one thing: Your plan involves risks and new responsibilities. The key is learning how to manage both, as sales tax non-compliance or errors can bring stiff penalties.

Topics: sales tax telecom tax
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How to Choose the Right Sales Tax Provider

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

Picking the right provider to handle your business’s sales and use tax compliance is a big decision.

Topics: sales tax telecom tax
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Telecommunications Tax Exemptions

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

TaxConnex works with a lot of telecommunications service providers that are new to the business. Many are existing MSP’s (Managed Service Providers) or IT management companies that would like to expand their service offering and become “stickier” with their clients.  They may have infrastructure in place to support the sales tax requirements of their existing business, but the telecommunications service presents a different set of issues.

Topics: sales tax telecom tax
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Key Pieces of Your Exemption Certificate

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Dec 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

An exemption is an exception that eliminates the need to pay sales tax. The presumption is that all sales of tangible personal property are taxable unless specifically enumerated. The purchaser has the responsibility for determining whether a sale is exempt from tax. If the purchaser does not submit a valid exemption certificate to the business, the business must assess and collect the sales tax from the purchaser. The responsibility to determine the validity of the exemption certificate resides with the business. Without this exemption certificate, the state or jurisdiction in which you are registered will expect you to have collected sales tax. 

Topics: sales tax taxability
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Sales and Use Tax in 2020: A Look Back

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Dec 22, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Someday people will probably use a lot of words to describe 2020. “Un-eventful” won’t be one of them.

The year’s ongoing pandemic affected almost every aspect of life – including, and in no small way, sales tax, which was already an area that has seen unprecedented change since the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision in 2018.

Add to that, jurisdictions that are worried about how lockdowns have affected their tax revenue and you have a tumultuous year.

Here’s a look back at some of the year’s developments. 

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Managing More with Less

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

With nearly 50 million Americans losing their jobs earlier this year and 11 million still unemployed nearly 10 months after the pandemic began, the reality of being forced to do more with less is being felt in every corner of almost every company, including the finance department. Hiring freezes and budget restrictions have left many finance teams struggling to keep up.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Calculation and Compliance: The Importance of Having Both in Your Sales Tax Process

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Dec 15, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

We understand that sales and use tax may not be your biggest priority, but if not managed correctly, it can cause major headaches. Understanding the various aspects of your sales tax process is critical to minimize your risk and to keep your business on solid ground as it relates to sales tax.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax calculation
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Recent Cases Show You Shouldn't Mess with Sales Tax Obligations

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

States may be getting tougher on sales tax delinquents as the pandemic drags on and tax revenues, in many places, take hits. Just ask Fiorella’s Landscaping in western New York.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Complexities of Sales Tax: Technology

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Technology companies, and specifically software companies, have always had challenges related to managing sales tax. Understanding where they have a physical presence as well as the varying taxability rules associated with their products and services was complex. But with the proliferation of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as a delivery mechanism and Wayfair, the sales tax landscape has become exponentially more complex.

Tech companies – especially those dealing in downloads of software and (SaaS) delivery – can protect themselves if they understand key terms and processes.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax taxability
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Complexities of Sales Tax: Leasing

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Sales tax is complicated no matter the industry you are in. But the leasing industry brings out even more complicated nuances depending on the type of lease, support activities and even the leased item itself.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax taxability
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Sales Tax Automation Mistakes

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Nov 05, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

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

If your business has an obligation to collect and remit sales tax, then you know how complex the process can be. Whether you manage it all internally, work with a CPA, or use an outsourced provider or technology, you know that there are many moving parts. Automating part or all of the sales tax process is sometimes necessary to maintain compliance. However, in my experience, sales tax automation can be counterproductive in certain situations.

Topics: sales tax sales tax calculation
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Complexities of Sales Tax: Construction

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If you’re a construction contractor – especially if you’re engaged in contracts in different states – you have to evaluate your sales tax responsibilities in each state where you have customers.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax taxability