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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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Recent Happenings and Challenges in the World of Sales Tax

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

One state’s efforts to join the Sales and Use Tax System (SUTS) and another state’s lawsuit against a world-famous auction house highlight recent challenges in the sales tax world.

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State Sales and Use Tax Update

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Nov 03, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

There’s always something changing or new going on in the world of tax, especially sales tax. Here’s a review of some of the changes and updates that were announced in the last few months.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reminder: Deferred Deadlines Looming for Sales Tax Filing

By TaxConnex on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Weeks ago, state tax authorities lent a hand to companies ravaged by the pandemic and postponed sales-tax filing and payment deadlines. But that extra time is about to run out.

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To Defer or Not to Defer?

By TaxConnex on Thu, May 28, 2020 @ 07:00 AM

Some states have postponed sales-tax filing and payment deadlines well into the weeks ahead, part of a COVID-19 relief effort for battered businesses. States and even localities have differed in how they are handling the deferments. Some deferments relate to filing and payment, some just payment, and some states are granting deferments only when requested.  

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For States, The Tax Hits Just Keep On Coming - What Does That Mean For Your Business?

By TaxConnex on Mon, May 04, 2020 @ 08:26 AM

As a few states tiptoe into re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, more states have joined previous warnings that the loss of sales taxes is going to hit soon – and hard.

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Alaska Jurisdictions Combine to Establish States' First Nexus

By TaxConnex on Tue, Apr 21, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Sales into the state of Alaska have always been exempt from state level sales tax; however, many of the local jurisdictions in Alaska have enforced sales tax collection at the local level provided a business has a physical presence.  Now, with Wayfair, even remote sellers need to worry about collecting the local sales tax in Alaska.

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States, Like Businesses, Prepare for a Decline in Revenue

By TaxConnex on Thu, Apr 09, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Many businesses that were forced to shut down by governments trying to deal with COVID-19 are the very businesses governments rely on for sales tax obligations. And because of this, many state and local taxing jurisdictions are seeing the first signs of revenue shortfalls.  Here’s what we are seeing:  

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Despite Deadline Delays, Sales Tax Will Still Be Due

By TaxConnex on Thu, Apr 02, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

As businesses adjust to the new norm of working remotely and managing cash more closely than ever, several states are postponing deadlines for filing and paying sales and use taxes, often waiving penalties and interest. In just a few examples, many states are offering 30-day extensions to file and pay, California is offering extensions of up to three months, and Maryland and Massachusetts have pushed their sales and use tax deadlines to June. (see other tax updates here.) 

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2020 Sales Tax Developments

By TaxConnex on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Three months in and it’s already been a hectic year on many frontssales and use taxes have been no exception. Developments in 2020 so far include: 

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Top 10 Sales Tax Developments to Look for in 2020

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 02, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If you thought 2019 was a confusing year for sales tax, wait for 2020, as more states continue to adjust their sales-tax laws.

Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia added enforcement of economic nexus in 2019, in addition to the 19 that added the burden to online retailers in 2018 after the Supreme Court overruled the physical presence rule in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. More than ever, out-of-state sellers with threshold limits of sales in a given state must collect and remit sales tax.

Economic nexus laws are expected to continue to change in 2020 with updates projected from several states and with the addition of more states adopting Marketplace facilitator laws there is even more to keep watch for.  

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Localities Look to Hit Retailers with Corporate Income Tax

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As if sales tax wasn’t enough for online retailers, some states are working to make retailers pay corporate income tax as well.

The amount of corporate income taxed will be based on the retailer’s local economic activity, similar to how many assess sales tax.  Many of these new laws will kick in next year, giving retailers a Happy New Year gift of more forms to file, more money to shell out and more compliance traps to fall into.

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