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4 Activities that Can Create Sales Tax Nexus

By Brian Greer on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Knowing where to collect and remit sales tax for your business becomes more complicated all the time, thanks to the sometimes ugly world of sales tax nexus. If you have nexus in a state, you are responsible for collecting sales tax there.  Here are four business activities that can trigger nexus that are somewhat under the radar:

Topics: sales tax nexus telecom tax
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How To Qualify For Telecommunications Tax Exemptions

By Brian Greer on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:07 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.  

Topics: telecom tax
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Myths and Misconceptions - A Guide for Telecom Tax Compliance

By Brian Greer on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

I speak with several companies each week that are in the process of launching a new VoIP telecommunications service.  Misinformation abounds including……”Since it’s delivered over the Internet I thought it was tax free.”  I hear the following comment also…..”My carrier is collecting and paying all the taxes and fees for me.”

Let me dispel these rumors. 

First, VoIP is both taxed and regulated.  It is not tax free. 

Furthermore, carriers are generally only collecting those taxes and fees that apply to the wholesale transaction when they sell the service to you.  As a telecom reseller, you are exposed for the applicable taxes and fees on the mark-up at least and potentially for the taxes and fees that you have already paid to your carrier.

Topics: telecom tax
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Communicating Your Sales Tax Needs to IT

By Anne Birkmann on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Sometimes in the sales tax world, tax and finance departments need to rely on their IT department to get sales tax added to an invoice correctly or to get reports for various reasons. 

Topics: sales tax telecom tax
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Top 10 Guide for Telecom Tax Compliance

By Brian Greer on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 10:40 AM

I speak with several companies each week that are in the process of launching a new VoIP telecommunications service.  Misinformation abounds including……

Topics: telecom tax
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Telecommunications Tax Exemptions

By Brian Greer on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 02:51 PM

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. 

One of these issues is related to establishing the ability to purchase telecommunications services from their carriers on an exempt basis under the premise that they will be reselling the service.

Topics: telecom tax
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Supplement to “The Technology Sales Tax Footprint”

By Brian Greer on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

In our recently published white paper titled “The Technology Sales Tax Footprint” we described the constantly changing environment related to the applicability of sales tax to various technology related “services”. As state and local jurisdictions continue to push the boundaries of sales tax nexus and expand the definition of what’s taxable, businesses need to monitor the situation proactively. Two recent updates in Chicago are interesting:

Topics: sales tax nexus telecom tax sales tax news
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Sales and Use and Telecom Tax....Oh My!

By Carol McIlvaine on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

After making a career in multi-state corporate sales and use tax, I am still amazed at how complicated this industry is.  As if understanding the concept of sales and use tax isn’t difficult enough, throw in seller’s use, gross receipts, retailer’s use, excise tax, vendor’s use, B&O, and the daunting world of telecom taxes, it can be confusing to even the most seasoned professionals. There are many different industries and each one has its own set of regulations and can be quite complicated to navigate without help. 

Topics: sales tax telecom tax
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Top 10 Guide for Telecom Tax Compliance

By Brian Greer on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

I speak with several companies each week that are in the process of launching a new VoIP telecommunications service.  Misinformation abounds including……”Since it’s delivered over the Internet I thought it was tax free.”  I hear the following comment also…..”My carrier is collecting and paying all the taxes and fees for me.”

Topics: telecom tax
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Telecom Tax Webinar Now Available On-Demand

By Brian Greer on Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 03:38 PM

TaxConnex’s most recent webinar, Telecom Tax: Simplifying the Tax and Regulatory Obligations of Your Communications Serviceis now available on demand.
Topics: telecom tax Now it's all on us
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ITU meeting - less about Telecom Tax, more about control

By Brian Greer on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 @ 08:31 AM

A focus of our practice is telecom tax, so we couldn’t help but be intrigued by the events of the International Telecommunications Union, which recently concluded in Dubai.  

Topics: telecom tax
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VoIP Tax, Control and the ITU

By Brian Greer on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 @ 09:30 AM

The International Telecommunications Union’s World Conference opened in Dubai yesterday.  The purpose of the meeting is to review telecom regulations created in 1988.  This includes regulations on the internet.

Topics: telecom tax
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California Prohibits Public Utility Commission from Regulating VoIP

By Brian Greer on Wed, Nov 07, 2012 @ 12:13 PM

At TaxConnex, we provide VoIP Tax outsourcing services to many of our clients.  We follow the VoIP/Telecom space with interest as IP based services continue to replace the PSTN.

Topics: telecom tax
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TaxConnex, LLC and The CommLaw Group Deliver Telecom Tax Presentation to the Cloud Communications Alliance

By Brian Greer on Mon, Oct 08, 2012 @ 09:19 PM

Leading telecom tax and regulatory firms, TaxConnex and The CommLaw Group, recently presented to members of the Cloud Communications Alliance (CCA).  The presentation focused on the tax and regulatory hurdles facing Cloud Communications service providers and presented a how-to guide for managing their complexities.

CCA is comprised of industry leaders in Cloud Communications.  Members have the greatest experience, deepest technology investments, and largest customer bases in the industry.  CCA is revolutionizing the way enterprises communicate by combining personal attention, local presence, and nationwide reach with a network of proven providers.  CCA’s mission is to provide awareness of the new standard called Cloud Communications and drive its development through the pursuit of new technical standards, capabilities, and applications.

The presentation by TaxConnex and The CommLaw Group was part of an educational series which provides guidance for managing the complexities of tax and regulatory compliance. The presentation included: the evolving concept of nexus; differences between “taxes” and “fees”; determining the taxability and assessability of cloud services; registering with the Departments of Revenue and Secretaries of State; options for calculating and reporting taxes and fees; and remediation options if exposed to taxes or fees.

“We are honored to work with CCA and to present to their member community,” stated Brian Green, TaxConnex Partner.  “Cloud communications is continuously evolving and there is an abundance of confusion in the industry related to tax and regulatory compliance.  By making this educational series available to their members, CCA is at the forefront of thought leadership.”

“One of the goals of this educational webinar is to clarify just how different taxes and regulatory fees are, and to make sure everyone walks away with the understanding that the same rules of the road do not necessarily apply to both,” stated Jonathan Marashlian from The CommLaw Group.

A complete copy of the webinar can be found here - Cloud Communications Webinar.


About TaxConnex
TaxConnex is America’s leading independent sales and use tax outsourcing and consulting firm. Using a team of experienced tax and accounting professionals, TaxConnex provides sales tax outsourcing, sales tax consulting, telecom tax, and VoIP tax services to businesses of all sizes with a focus on technology companies, small and mid-sized businesses, and VoIP providers.  TaxConnex provides a complete set of highly customer intimate services including end-to-end compliance, data analysis, remittance, reporting, notice resolution, question handling, proactive suggestions, straightforward advice, and audit support.  TaxConnex is your “on-call” Sales & Use Tax Department.

About The CommLaw Group
The CommLaw Group, is a full service Washington, D.C.-area law firm serving the comprehensive legal needs of the communications industry, with experience in all aspects of federal and state telecommunications law and regulation. With decades practicing before the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC"), state telecommunications regulatory agencies, attorneys general, and state and federal courts, the depth and scope of our capabilities distinguishes our firm. Our attorneys know the industry and take pride in using their business acumen when advising clients on the financial, operational, and regulatory issues that allow companies in the dynamic communications industry to innovate and thrive.

Topics: sales tax compliance telecom tax
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VoIP Taxes – You Can Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

By Brian Greer on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:43 AM

Earlier this week I talked with a firm that audits telecommunications bills looking for over charges on the invoices from the service providers to the customer.  We lamented the fact that we never see telecom service providers apply the same taxes and fees to services especially related to VoIP taxes and fees.  Why is this?

Topics: telecom tax
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VoIP Taxes for VoIP Start-Ups

By Brian Greer on Fri, Aug 03, 2012 @ 06:17 PM

If you’re in the process of launching a VoIP service, the tax and regulatory compliance requirements can be daunting.  There’s a myriad of taxes and fees across the country.  You may be curious as to the distinction between taxes and fees in this context.  I describe the telecom taxes as those taxes administered by the state Departments of Revenue and local jurisdictions.  

Topics: telecom tax