Welcome to the end of the world. The Mayans foresaw that we would all perish on 12/21/12, according to some. Lights out. Ciao. We had a good run. Yet amidst the soul-searching and tongue-kissing that precede apocalypse, we’ve made a startling discovery: sales tax requirements will survive us all!
That’s right, departments of revenue all across the U.S. are announcing sales tax changes that take place post 12/21/12, and they expect businesses to comply. What businesses will be around to collect Arizona’s new sales tax rate in 2013? Who are these California auditors that will come from beyond the grave to ensure businesses have proper licenses? And how will Massachusetts ever determine the future impact of their online sales tax?
We cannot answer these questions. We can, however, marvel at the veracity of the old dictum: but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.