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Overlooked Exemptions – Shipping, Freight, and Packaging

It is easy to ignore the sales tax consequences of shipping, freight, & packaging because such charges are often an afterthought. However, each state treats shipping, freight, and packaging differently. The result is that multistate businesses may be paying tax when they don’t need to, or alternatively may not be paying tax when they should.…

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Manufacturing – An Overlooked Sales and Use Tax Exemption

Many states offer unique and specific manufacturing exemptions that can provide great savings to those who are aware of them. Sometimes these exemptions come about by the state alone, which is interested in enticing big businesses to move into the state to provide jobs to its residents. Other times, businesses already located within the state…

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Preparing your Online Business for an Out-of-State Sales Tax Audit

The day has come that your online business has been issued a sales tax audit notice. How do you prepare for this painful process, especially in a state in which you don’t reside? Each state and locality has different procedures and authority when it comes to auditing your business. That’s not to mention the varying…

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Out-of-State Sales Tax Audit Defense

Your business has been audited for sales and use tax by an out-of-state taxing agency. Unfamiliar with the laws and rules of the foreign state, you are already at a disadvantage before you begin the audit. It is impossible for a business owner to be an expert in the complex and technical field of sales…

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Sales Tax Changes for Fulfillment by Amazon Sellers

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) sellers have faced much of the brunt of the rapid changes in sales tax nexus laws across the country that began in 2018. Seemingly overnight, the fallout from the South Dakota vs. Wayfair case resulted in sellers having to register for sales tax all over the country when previously they only…

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Is Software as a Service Taxable?

The sales tax implications of Software as a Service (“SaaS”) have plagued the tech industry since the rise of remotely accessed software. To those in the industry, how software is transferred may not be the most defining or important characteristic of a program. However, it is probably going to be the very first question a…

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Are Software Subscriptions Taxable?

The sales and use tax implications of software subscription sales vary substantially from state to state. If your software subscription business makes sales across the country, you may have sales tax liabilities lurking in multiple states due to the ambiguity in the application of sales tax laws to this industry. Most sales tax schemes predate…

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The Sharing Economy and Sales Tax Nexus: A Peer-to-Peer Business Problem

Sales tax nexus is just the more recent issue plaguing peer-to-peer platforms, which have been struggling with tax issues since their inception. June 2018 added a new problem to the mix, when the Supreme Court held in South Dakota vs. Wayfair that states could require businesses to collect and remit sales tax when certain economic…

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How do you get a Sales Tax ID Number?

Now more than ever, businesses are finding that they need to obtain sales tax ID numbers in the states in which they are doing business. But how, exactly, do businesses go about getting a sales tax ID? Since the Supreme Court of the United States held in South Dakota vs. Wayfair that states could require businesses…

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How to Register your Online Business for Sales Tax

You need to register to pay sales tax with multiple states, but how do you get started? Like many online retailers, you may have discovered the sales tax laws you were familiar with were turned on their head in June 2018 when the landmark decision, South Dakota vs. Wayfair, came down from the Supreme Court…

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