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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
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Understanding Your Sales Tax Obligations as a Technology or Software Company - A Checklist

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Sales and use tax generally applies to the sale or use of tangible personal property and certain services. Since software, and especially Software-as-a-Service, may not be delivered in a tangible form, many technology and software companies have considered themselves exempt from sales and use tax. But this is not always the case. In fact, many states impose sales and use tax on services provided by the technology industry.

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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The Pandemic's Impact on Businesses and Sales Tax: An Update

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Aug 19, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

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

In the fall of 2020, I published an article on how the sales tax picture is changing due to COVID-19. Now that we’re over a year into the pandemic, I wanted to provide an update on the sales tax landscape, what predictions have remained the same and what’s changed.

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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The Enigma of Drop Shipments for Sales Tax Purposes

By Robert Dumas on Tue, Aug 17, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Sales tax is full of complexities, but there are certain topics that seem to cause more of a headache than others. Drop shipments are one of those topics.

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Video Conferencing: Has the Pandemic Created a New Taxation?

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Aug 05, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Ever had a bad connection on a video conferencing platform? It can be a confusing and frustrating experience.

That’s a lot like understanding the taxes on videoconferencing services right now. With the recent boom of video conferencing brought on by the necessity of a way to meet during the pandemic, businesses and governments alike are trying to figure out how to best apply sales tax to these services, or if they are even taxable.

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Legalization and Taxation of Cannabis

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Legalization of cannabis and how it would be taxed has been a discussion for many years. But as states continue to pass laws legalizing the sale of cannabis, the businesses trying to capitalize on the market are struggling with the complexities of taxation as it differs from other sales.  

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Monitoring Economic Nexus Thresholds - Gross Receipts or Taxable Sales?

By Robert Dumas on Tue, May 25, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Having a full understanding of your sales tax obligations is important for your peace of mind.  But, like most things in sales tax, this is easier said than done. It’s difficult enough to keep up with the different economic nexus thresholds per state, but for some states, the revenue thresholds are based on gross sales, and in other states, they are based on taxable sales. 

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Taxability for Contractors

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Mar 25, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

A contractor is generally defined as someone who provides improvements to real property on a lump sum contract basis. From a sales and use tax perspective, there isn’t much of a difference between a subcontractor and a prime or general contractor. 

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Are Digital Ad Taxes Spreading?

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

Companies that sell digital products in the U.S. should know about a relatively new kind of tax – and tax obligation. 

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Sales Tax Updates for Technology Companies

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

Sales tax obligations regarding software and other technology-related solutions can often come down to location and definition. And the definition is potentially different depending on the location.

Four states recently took a closer look at how sales tax applies to technology-related solutions, one of the more confusing industries for complying with sales and use tax requirements.

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance taxability
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Physical Presence Checklist

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

Sales and use tax obligations are determined by your nexus within a state or jurisdiction. Sales and use tax nexus is defined as the connection between a person or entity and a taxing jurisdiction. It is the basis for all your sales tax decisions because without sales tax nexus, you have no further sales tax obligation to a state.

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Selling Into States with Unusual Sales Tax Laws

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

If you sell into the handful of states that don’t have nexus or don’t have general sales tax, you might think you’re home free when it comes to obligations to remit sales tax. Maybe, and maybe not. 

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Telecom Tax and Other Specialty Transactions Taxes

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

Sales tax is broadly defined to mean any tax that is charged to the end-user customer by the retailer of property or services. Though this definition is correct, it does not always provide a complete picture of a business’s transactions tax liabilities.

Topics: telecom tax taxability
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Understanding the Taxability of Your Products and/or Tech Services

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Jan 07, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

If you were to read our 5 Steps to Sales Tax Compliance, or any guide on maintaining sales tax compliance, understanding the taxability of your products and/or services would be one of the first steps.

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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Understanding Sales Tax Obligations with Drop Shipments

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

As if sales tax nexus and taxability rules weren’t confusing enough, throw in marketplace facilitators and drop shipments and it’s easy for a business of any size to want to give up on sales tax compliance.

Topics: taxability retail