About Susan McLain

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

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

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….”...Continued

Spain: VAT Rate On The Rise

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 euros over the ......Continued

Japan: National Sales Tax Debate

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’......Continued

Survey Shows Consumers Prefer Paying Sales Tax Online

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) recently performed a survey of 1,007 randomly selected adults nationally on consumer preference: pay sales tax online or file use tax later?...Continued

Across State Lines: Delivery and Nexus

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

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 women 18 years of ......Continued

Sales Tax And Shipping Rates Important To Online Shoppers

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 around ......Continued

Massachusetts Using Sales Tax to Fight Obesity

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

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