Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”


Business Success, Outsourcing and Sales Tax

August 31, 2012

Recently, Costco magazine featured an article on “How to grow your business by working smarter, not harder.” According to Paul Meades, managing director of business advisory and accountancy firm Meades & Company, one of the key practices of successful businesses … Continued


Japan SalesTax Increase Approved

August 14, 2012

Bloomberg reports that “Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda won parliamentary approval for his bill to raise the country’s sales tax for the first time in 15 years….”


Spain: VAT Rate On The Rise

July 12, 2012

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced “…he would raise the value-added tax by 3 percentage points to 21 percent as part of a large package of tax hikes and spending cuts aimed at trimming the public budget by 65 billion … Continued


Japan: National Sales Tax Debate

June 28, 2012

Japan’s Prime Minister has proposed increasing Japan’s sales tax to as much as 10% in the next few years. Currently, Japan’s sales tax rate is 5%, according to Bloomberg News. Japan’s leaders’ reasons? “…[T]o tame the world’s largest debt burden….” … Continued



Across State Lines: Delivery and Nexus

May 31, 2012

A recent, well published “sales tax nexus across state lines” case involves Washington State and Mattress World, an Oregon-based bedding store with locations just across the border from Vancouver, Washington. As the story goes, some Washington State residents, in their … Continued


Consumers Rate Online Sales Tax As A Desired Convenience

May 17, 2012

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) recently engaged the Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) to perform a survey regarding sales and use tax. The survey “…randomly selected from a national probability sample of 1,007 adults comprising 503 men and 504 … Continued


Sales Tax And Shipping Rates Important To Online Shoppers

May 15, 2012

In a recent Alix Partners Home Delivery Survey, it appears that convenience is the main reason for shopping from home. A sample of 1,000 adults in the U.S. were surveyed between March 22-25, 2012 about their expectations, activities and preferences … Continued


Massachusetts Using Sales Tax to Fight Obesity

December 21, 2011

Will Massachusetts choose to implement policies to tax soft drinks and candy to help fund programs to reduce obesity? According to Tax Analysts, “A group of pediatricians and others want the legislature to expand the state’s 6.25% sales tax to … Continued


Missouri Main Street Fairness

December 15, 2011

Missouri is continuing on a path to strive to bring themselves into compliance with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA). Representative Mary Still, D-Columbia, intends to re-introduce legislation this year that would enable the state to “…adopt sales … Continued