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Sales And Use Tax

General sales and use tax knowledge.



Ecommerce and Sales Tax Legislation

Given the heated debate surrounding ecommerce and sales tax, is it any wonder that online merchants are more confused than ever about whether to collect sales tax? Avalara has the answers.

5 Sales Tax Compliance Tips

The following five sales tax compliance tips identify steps your business can take to address your particular challenges. Developed by Avalara sales tax experts, these are a starting point, rather than an exhaustive strategy,…

Identification & Taxability of Digital Products

Many states routinely apply sales taxes to services, yet the shift in consumer spending leaves us a body of sales tax laws originally drafted with tangible goods in mind that are now regularly, if not uniformly, applied to in…

12 Small Business Sales Tax Tips

It seems that sales tax compliance has never been more complicated. To help your small business achieve greater success and security, we offer you 12 small business sales tax tips.

Do You Owe Consumer Use Tax?

Hi, welcome to Will’s whiteboard, I’m Will. Today we’re going to be talking about consumer use tax. See, many businesses are familiar with the concept of sales tax, but fewer truly understand what consumer u…

The Big, The Bad, The Ugly

The Avalara webinar The Big, The Bad, and The Ugly reveals key challenges of complying with sales tax laws in California, Florida, New York and Texas.

Confessions of a Former Auditor

Confessions of a Former Auditor, an enlightening Avalara webinar offered by a former state auditor, provides insider secrets for sales tax compliance.

Sales Tax vs. Use Tax

An easy-to-understand history of sales tax and the use tax, part of the Sales Tax Management Thought Leadership Series brought to you by Avalara.

VAT Explained

Hi, welcome to Will’s White Board. I’m Will. Today we’re going to be talking about VAT or Value Added Tax. Many people struggle to understand what exactly VAT is and how it works, but it’s extremely important. Over 15…

Beyond the Shopping Cart: Are You Doing Ecommerce Sales Tax Right?

Automating the ecommerce sales tax process within your shopping cart software solves a major challenge: accurate rates, filing, and remittance of sales tax.

7 Deadly Sales Tax Sins

No one likes calculating, collecting, remitting, or filing taxes, nor do they enjoy tracking exemption certificates, sales tax holidays, or product taxability. Because of this, many companies relegate these tasks to the back …

How Sales Tax Nexus Confusion Affects Your Business

By fully understanding this obligation, your business will ultimately reduce its exposure to future negative sales tax audits. Nexus is defined as the obligation to collect and remit tax where business is conducted, however, …

Nonprofits and Sales Tax

There are many circumstances in which a nonprofit is required to pay or collect sales tax on a particular transaction or in general. In both cases, sales tax requirements might exist despite a general IRS exemption. By any me…

The Challenges of Use Tax Compliance

More and more states are increasing audits to collect consumer use tax. All states that charge sales tax also charge use tax. Use taxes are meant to minimize unfair competition between sales made in and out-of-state. A compan…

Sales Tax Survival Guide

Sales tax provides critical revenue for states. Other than property and income tax, sales tax is the largest source of tax revenue in the majority of the 45 states that collect it. From a government operations perspective, ma…

Get Sales Tax Help: 10 Tips

Plenty of businesses incorrectly assume they have sales and use tax handled because their sales tax process has worked for them in the past—and as a result have incurred penalties and fines.

How Sales and Use Tax Affects Your Business

All types of businesses must be aware of the instances of sales and use tax, and the challenges presented by calculation, collection and remittance of sales and use taxes and documenting tax-exempt sales.

5 Sales and Use Tax Tips

These 5 tips spotlight sales tax issues found across multiple industries, including Internet merchants, distributors, manufacturers, and wholesalers.

Medical Device Excise Tax

The medical device tax represents a significant change to the tax requirements facing U.S. medical device manufacturers, distributors, and importers. When taken in combination with already complicated sales and use tax rules …

Tax Risks in Consumer Goods and Services

Sellers of consumer goods frequently assume they have very few, if any, sales or use tax obligations. The truth is, they often do. Even small errors in rate calculations, exemption certificate management, nexus determinations…

Streamlined Sales Tax

Streamlined Sales Tax*, or SST, is an effort by states, local governments and the business community to simplify and reduce the burden of sales and use tax collection, administration, and compliance. This Q&A highlights t…

Internet Sales Tax

As federal and state governments turn their attention to capturing more revenue from Internet sales tax, many ecommerce businesses are finding themselves under increasing scrutiny, and they need to look at the impact sales ta…

Sales Tax for the Clothing and Apparel Industry

Sales tax for the clothing and apparel industry dives into the deep dark caverns of product taxability, an area of complexity so arcane, even the most intrepid sales tax expert can lose her way.

Wakefield Research Report: The Executive’s Guide to Sales Tax Risk

This report conveys why it’s time accounting and finance executives should take a closer look at how sales tax is managed within their organizations. This report highlights what those in the trenches know (and don’t know)…

Sales Tax Content

Sales tax content is the key to determining the correct amount of tax to assess, collect, and remit. There are two critical steps to defining sales tax content: First, you need to determine if there is any tax due. Then, in o…

New York Sales Tax in One Minute

Hi. Welcome to Will’s Whiteboard. I’m Will. Today we’re going to talk about New York sales tax. It’s a huge state, a huge economic center, and many people have questions about its sales tax law. So I&#…

How States Apply Sales Tax to Services – The Hairy Truth

Hi. Welcome to Will’s Whiteboard. I’m Will. Recently, there was a lawsuit filed against a major pizza chain in Illinois and Florida, and the claim was they were incorrectly charging sales tax to their customers. B…

Sales Tax on Payments Made with Bitcoin

Hi.  Welcome to Will’s Whiteboard.  I’m Will.  Today we are going to talk about Bitcoin and sales tax.  So when someone uses Bitcoin to buy something. If you don’t know what Bitcoin is, there are a lot o…

Why do I pay so much sales tax? (cost of a cup of joe)

Hi, welcome to Will’s Whiteboard. I’m Will. Here at Avalara we handle sales tax, and so we get a lot of questions from people about sales tax. Recently, we had a question come in from Joe. Joe live in Hayward, [&h…

The Monthly Sales Tax Cycle

Learn about the monthly or yearly sales tax cycle for businesses and how these work together for compliance (or non-compliance).

Sale tax explained for non-U.S. companies

This video provides an overview of the unique nature and complexity of U.S. sales tax for those companies more familiar with VAT or GST.

How Home Rule States Complicate Tax Compliance

Hi. Welcome to Will’s Whiteboard. I’m Will. At Avalara, we get a lot of questions about tax compliance. Here’s a recent one. John writes in and he says, “I’ve been in sales tax compliance arena f…

How to tax food and food products

Hi, welcome to Will’s kitchen. I’m Will. When a lot of businesses think about how to get sales tax rates to charge their customers, they’re thinking about where their customers are located and what rates app…

3 reasons you should care about sales tax

From ecommerce to lists of shame, here are three of the many reasons you should care about sales tax.

Online Sales Tax Guide for Sellers

Sales tax management is one of the most common pain points for small business owners and online merchants. It’s time consuming, confusing, and risky.

Guide to Sales Tax for Amazon FBA Sellers

Amazon has changed the way we do business. It has also changed the way in which we think about sales tax. For years, consumers shopped online shielded from sales tax (but not consumer’s use tax, but that is another story).

2017 Sales Tax Changes

For 2017, here’s what you need to know about changes and trends in sales tax laws, and the effects these can have on your business.

Manufacturers and Sales Tax: New Channels, New Rules

New sales tax laws may require changes in compliance practices for manufacturers venturing into ecommerce, going global, and selling more services.

Managing sales tax for Software and SaaS

Learn how to manage sales tax for your software or SaaS company, including how your product, funding, and growth strategies can impact tax requirements.

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