4 min read

Preparing Your Business for Sales Tax Holidays

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

Many states use sales tax holidays to waive or reduce sales tax on various items. These holidays can be annual or even two or more times a year. Online purchases usually receive the same tax treatment during these holidays as in-person purchases; remote sellers aren’t permitted to charge tax on qualifying goods during sales tax holidays, but how do you know where this is happening and when or when not to charge sales tax?

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Missouri Enacts Economic Nexus

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

Missouri has officially become the last state with a state-wide sales tax to enact economic nexus. 

 The Show Me State follows on the heels of Florida, where economic nexus kicked in as of July 1 for remote sellers and marketplace facilitators. 

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
3 min read

Your Personal Responsibility in Sales and Use Tax Non-Compliance

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

Sales tax is a significant revenue source for many states. In fact, according to the Tax Policy Center, for many states, it can comprise 25%-35% of a state’s revenue.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Monthly Review of What's New in Sales & Use Tax

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Jun 08, 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.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
3 min read

State Discounts for Sales Tax

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Jun 01, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Collecting and remitting sales tax can be onerous – and expensive – for any business. That’s one reason some states give a collection discount to help with the costs of managing sales tax. 

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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Taking a Look at Sales Tax Exemptions and Why They're Important

By Robert Dumas on Thu, May 27, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Taking advantage of sales and use tax exemptions can save your business money and headaches. But exemptions can be harder to secure in some states than in others.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax sales tax filing
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7 Ways a Business is Selected for Audit

By Robert Dumas on Tue, May 18, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

As we entered 2021, many industry experts believed that state sales tax audits were likely to increase sharply due to the loss of state revenue during the pandemic. Likewise, in a recent TaxConnex survey we saw that two out of five respondents agree with the experts, saying that they expect sales tax audits to become more common over the next two years. 38% of respondents said they believe audit levels will stay the same, and in a separate question, 66% have already seen an increase in the number of audits in the past two years.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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Taxability and Your Products and/or Services - Easy Answer Right? It Depends.

By Robert Dumas on Thu, May 13, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

‘It depends’ is a commonly used phrase when it comes to sales tax, and a quite frustrating one at that. We know that. But when it comes to taxability, it’s often our answer. 

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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4 Key Pieces of Your Sales Tax Compliance Process

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

Both the process of reporting sales tax and the level of sales tax detail required varies from state to state.  Understanding the nuances of each state will help you avoid any missteps resulting in jurisdictional-imposed penalties.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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What's New in State Sales and Use Taxes

By Robert Dumas on Thu, May 06, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

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

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
5 min read

Unexpected Growth Can Mean Sales Tax Obligations

By Robert Dumas on Tue, May 04, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

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

Every business owner wants their company to grow. And when that growth is unexpected, it feels that much sweeter. But don’t forget that success that comes from selling into more states can also expand your sales tax burdens.

Businesses that sell into multiple states or jurisdictions have to pay attention to sales tax thresholds, and it’s not a one-time project. Almost all states and more than a few localities have enacted some form of economic presence as a way to enforce sales tax obligations ever since the 2018 Supreme Court Wayfair decision. Businesses must also be aware of triggering the obligation to collect and remit sales tax due to a physical presence. A physical presence is often seen as your physical office location but can be determined by where your inventory is stored, where employees work or where third-party contractors are utilized, among other criteria.

Having either a physical presence or an economic presence can lead to sales tax nexus, or the connection a business has with a state or taxing jurisdiction. Nexus can happen quickly (or over time) and for a variety of reasons.

Ways of creating a sales tax obligation

In the United States, a business’s obligation to collect and remit sales tax starts with nexus. Sales tax nexus can be categorized into economic or physical.

Economic nexus requires remote sellers that may not have previously had a physical presence to collect sales tax because they’ve reached state and jurisdiction revenue thresholds or reached certain transaction thresholds. In South Dakota, for instance, the revenue threshold is $100,000 in sales or 200 transactions in the previous or current calendar year. Many states mirror these same thresholds, while other states set their own parameters. Florida and Missouri have not implemented any economic nexus standards — but stay tuned as each state is considering options.

Physical nexus means a business has a direct connection to a state. Most often this happens when a business operates out of a brick-and-mortar location in a tax jurisdiction. Other activities that can create a physical presence/nexus include employees or offices in a state, sales reps or agents visiting a state, delivery vehicles or maintenance or repair services in a state, attending trade shows in a new state, or inventory stored in a state.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax
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Zero-Due Returns: What They Are and When You Have to File Them

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Apr 29, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Suppose youre registered for sales tax in a jurisdiction because you have established sales tax nexus.  For various reason though, you don’t have any sales tax to remit.  You may think that because you haven’t collected any sales tax, you have no return to file. 

Topics: sales tax sales tax filing
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Selling Into the U.S. - Understanding How Customer Location Impacts Which Sales Tax Rates and Rules You Apply

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Apr 15, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The United States has possibly the world’s most complex sales tax regime. This is because each state sets 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, local area tax jurisdictions also have power over some aspects of taxation and can set different rules for their area.

Topics: sales tax compliance sales tax
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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
4 min read

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.

Topics: sales tax sales tax news
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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