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South Dakota: Is that Transient Vendor Reputable?


 Be a reputable transient vendor.

Transients, by definition, come and go. Vendors, by definition, sell. And transient vendors arrive at a place, sell goods or services, and then depart. Many transient vendors are legitimate businesses – but some are bad eggs.

According to a South Dakota Department of Revenue, “Every single spring the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division receives numerous complaints against transient vendors.” It seems these “bad acting” vendors “trick consumers into making hasty decisions in purchasing an inferior product, generally at an inflated price."

Everyone who sells products or services in South Dakota is required to have a valid South Dakota sales or contractor’s excise tax license and to collect and remit all applicable taxes. Consumers are advised to ask to see the business license of a traveling business before making a big purchase, and to get something in writing that provides the name, address and phone number of the company. “If a vendor is unwilling to provide business licenses, consider choosing another vendor.”

Sales tax compliance can be a pickle for transient vendors, since different locations have different tax rates and transient vendors rarely stay in the same place for long. Implementing an automated solution facilitates compliance in all states. Learn more.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.