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Weekly Roundup: Invisible Tax Rules that Can Make or Break Your Business

Add controllers, tax managers, and bookkeepers to David Zweig’s list of “invisibles.” Most people don’t think of sales tax compliance as a vital part of running a business, but when done incorrectly the consequences of non-compliance—audits, unhappy customers, lawsuits—can be catastrophic. 

Requesting a Refund for Tax Never Paid. Wacky Tax Wednesday.

The relationship between building contractors and homeowners regrettably turns sour from time to time. It’s a stressful situation, having a home built or remodeled. There is dust and noise; lots of people come and go; decisions must be made, many requiring … Continued

Weekly Roundup: Tax Amnesty, Soda, and Zip Codes

Sales tax touches on a wide swath of topics this week, including hunting, guns, marijuana and soda. Exemptions are clarified, tax-free periods are announced, and we learn how to tax hunting services in South Dakota. Relying on zip codes to … Continued

New York Sales Tax Explained in One Minute – Will’s Whiteboard

Most people think sales tax is about the rates. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to compliance. Tax law in New York illustrates this perfectly, from electronic filing requirements to tax audits and more. Watch … Continued

Tampons Aren’t Essential. Crocodile Meat Is. Wacky Tax Wednesday

Wacky tax stories aren’t unique to the United States. Recently, a row has erupted in the United Kingdom over the taxability of tampons and a few other essentials. According to the VAT overview on gov.uk, “VAT is a tax you … Continued

Geneva Systems Certified for Avalara’s Sales Tax Automation Solution

  Bainbridge Island, WA – August 18, 2014 – Avalara, Inc., (www.Avalara.com), a leading provider of cloud-based software that delivers a broad array of compliance solutions related to sales tax and other transactional taxes, today announced Geneva Systems, Inc., a leading … Continued

Weekly Roundup: Sales Tax Nuts and Bolts

It’s a nuts-and-bolts week in sales tax news. There are changes to reporting requirements, due dates, and sales tax forms in numerous states. There’s news about compliance team visits and tax relief in California, and prepaid fuel tax rates in … Continued

Avalara and Recurly Partner on Sales Tax Integration

Recurly adds AvaTax to subscription billing platform Bainbridge Island, WA – August 12, 2014: Avalara, Inc., (www.avalara.com), a leading provider of cloud-based software that delivers a broad array of compliance solutions related to sales tax and other transactional taxes, today … Continued

Oh! The Lengths People Go (to Avoid Sales Tax) – Wacky Tax Wednesdays

Our story begins with a California yacht broker delivering a yacht to a point three miles off the coast of Port Townsend. The coordinates matter.

Weekly Roundup: Tax Incentives of Biblical Proportions

Summer is a time for tax incentives. But even incentives can be complicated. A dozen states had sales tax holidays last weekend, and this week we learn that retailers in one of those states charged sales tax when they shouldn’t … Continued