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3 Great Books about Sales Tax for Ecommerce Sellers

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  • July 20, 2016 | Michael Ansaldo

There’s a reason a Google search of “ecommerce sales tax info” yields nearly 1.5 million hits. Sales tax compliance is one of the most complex challenges online business owners struggle with.

Fortunately, you don’t have to ferret out answers from the darkest corners of the Internet (although this blog is a good go-to spot, and has no spiders at all). A few enterprising authors have compiled must-know sales tax info into handy guides for internet retailers. Here are three worth adding to your e-reader or bookshelf.

1. The Complete Tax Guide for E-Commerce Retailers including Amazon and eBay Sellers: How Online Sellers Can Stay in Compliance with the IRS and State Tax Laws

by Martha Maeda

As its title suggests, this is a comprehensive guide for staying compliant with federal and state tax laws. The author delivers essential advice on record keeping, taking deductions, valuing your inventory, and other strategies that will help you stay on Uncle Sam’s good side while reducing your tax burden.

As part of this potpourri of tax tips, she devotes an entire chapter to sales and use tax, including a rundown of tax legislation, guides on nexus and collecting sales tax, and a section on sales tax service providers. It’s a must for anyone doing business on the Web’s two biggest marketplaces.

2. Introduction to Sales Tax for Amazon FBA Sellers: Information and Tips to Help FBA Sellers Understand Tax Law

by Michael K. Rice and Kat Simpson

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) sellers face unique sales tax challenges. In what states does Amazon have nexus? And do all those states even collect sales tax? Unfortunately, answers often only lead to more questions.

This guide, co-authored by a tax professional and a longtime e-commerce retailer, aims to fill in the blanks. From determining where the online giant – and therefore you -- has nexus, to setting up your Amazon account for sales tax, to addressing audit issues, this quick-read illuminates the tax implications of using Amazon’s popular service and the tools to tackle every challenge. It also includes sample forms and contact info for the relevant states.

3. Sales & Use Tax Introduction for USA Internet Retailers

by StateSalesTax.com

The founders at StateSalesTax.com -- a consulting, registration, and filing-services firm that specializes in sales and use tax -- are former state sales tax auditors. Their insider knowledge informs “Sales & Use Tax Introduction for USA Internet Retailers.”

This slim guide for new and established online retailers covers a breadth of multi-state sales and use tax topics. You’ll learn the ins and outs of sales tax nexus, registration of licenses and permits, and sales tax collection. The authors also cover filing strategies and how to prepare for a sales tax audit. Whether you’re selling on eBay, Amazon, or your business’ own website, this is an excellent primer on sales tax compliance.


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Michael Ansaldo
Avalara Author Michael Ansaldo