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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
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Alleviate Stress on Your Staff in 2021

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Your employees (like all of us) have more than enough headaches on all fronts headed into the new year. Back in April employees surveyed said that the pandemic is the most stressful time of their entire career. Now more than ever you owe it to your people – and to your business – to ease their problems when you can.

If you handle sales tax compliance in house, you’ve got your employees handling an unbelievably complex business function – and with 65% of businesses planning to grow across state lines* in the coming year, it may be more than they can manage.

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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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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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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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
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Pitfalls of Sales Tax for the Manufacturing Industry

By Robert Dumas on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

“Manufacturing” for sales tax purposes is often defined as a physical application of materials and labor to change the characteristics of tangible personal propertyMakes sense, but does that mean your business is exempt? Not so easy. Every state has nuances on how sales tax applies to the manufacturing process and the various equipment and materials that are used and consumed.  There are many gray areas that can create signification exposure, or savings, for your business.   

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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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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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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Taxability of Digital Products and Services

By TaxConnex on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The internet can be a great way to sell your products. For tangible products it’s easy - the order comes in, you process the payment (including sales tax, which you collect and remit to the state) and ship out the package. But what if what you’re selling isn’t a physical product that you ship?

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability
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5 Steps to Avoid Sales Tax Risk with M&A

By TaxConnex on Thu, Mar 05, 2020 @ 11:14 AM

As part of the financial terms of any potential transaction, you’re likely looking at the ratio of current assets to current liabilities, revenue and net income growth, operating cash flow, market opportunity, etc.  But what about sales tax? 

Topics: sales tax nexus sales tax compliance taxability
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Heart of Dixie Announces Amnesty

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Doing business in the Yellowhammer state?  If so, pay close attention! 

The State of Alabama has announced the launch of their 2016 Tax Amnesty Program running June 30, 2016 – August 30, 2016. 

The amnesty program will apply to most taxes administered by the Department of Revenue, however, to confirm visit the new Alabama Amnesty website at http://alabamataxamnesty.com.

Topics: taxability sales tax news
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Massachusetts Announces Wicked Relief!

By Noelle Ard on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 09:43 AM

Just before the end of 1st quarter, Massachusetts Department of Revenue announced their Tax Amnesty program for 2016, which will be open to all businesses needing to catch up on back taxes, save on typically assessed penalties, and benefit from a limited lookback period on unfiled returns (3 yrs.).

Topics: sales tax taxability
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Amnesty Anyone?

By Carol McIlvaine on Thu, Sep 03, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

 

Topics: sales tax compliance taxability