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December Roundup: Sales tax laws you need to know

  • Dec 31, 2020 | Gail Cole

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While you focus on your business, we stay on top of legislative and policy changes that can affect your sales tax compliance.

Our last roundup of 2019 features the normal slew of sales and use tax changes.

ACMA wants Congress to rein in states that are taxing remote sales.

The American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA) wants to know how hard it is for businesses to comply with states’ sales tax collection requirements. Learn more.

Four states will enforce new collection requirements for marketplace facilitators.

Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin will require marketplace facilitators to collect and remit tax on third-party sales starting January 1, 2020. Learn more.

Missouri looks to tax remote sales — again.

Missouri lawmakers want to require certain out-of-state sellers to collect and remit Missouri sales and use tax. Of course, they wanted that last year at this time, too. Can they get it done in 2020? Learn more.

North Carolina amends several sales tax laws.

The Tar Heel State is redefining “gross sales” and extending some sales tax exemptions. Learn more.

North Pole looks to tax online sales.

Santa’s stomping grounds could soon require out-of-state sellers with substantial sales in Alaska to collect and remit sales tax. Learn more.

Remote seller thresholds are dropping in Arizona and Georgia.

More out-of-state sellers could be required to register to collect sales tax in Arizona and Georgia after the states’ economic nexus thresholds decrease on January 1, 2020. Learn more.

Strong holiday sales could create new sales tax collection obligations.

Every retailer wants strong holiday sales. However, a surge in sales in one or more states this year could establish a need to register to collect and remit sales tax in those states. Learn more.

Tariff uncertainties stress a wide range of businesses.

Manufacturing and retail businesses need to stay on their toes to keep up with last-minute tariff changes that can significantly impact supply chains and sales. Learn more.

It’s time to renew your Arizona TPT license.

All Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) licenses in Arizona expire on December 31, 2019. Learn more.

Utah is transforming its sales tax system.

A new tax on digital goods and services and a higher tax on groceries are just some of the changes coming in 2020 in Utah. Learn more.

Discover what you can buy and where, without paying sales tax.

At least one product or service is exempt from sales and use tax in every state. Learn more.

Know when to collect sales tax or use tax in Michigan.

Sometimes businesses need to collect and remit sales tax in Michigan, and sometimes they need to collect and remit use tax. Learn more.

Year-end roundups

Since this is the last roundup of 2019, a few year-end recaps are in order.

2020 sales tax changes

What to watch for when it comes to U.S. sales tax in 2020. Learn more.

Top compliance issues for beverage alcohol tax

New and changing policies in 2020. Learn more.

Wacky Tax Wednesday: 2019 highlights

A recap of some of the wackiest sales tax stories of 2019. Learn more.

Automating sales tax compliance can help businesses of all sizes keep compliant with changing sales tax laws. Learn more.


Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail Cole began researching and writing about sales tax for Avalara 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.