September 2021

The United States is still feeling the shock of the COVID-19 outbreak, and many states are yet unable to fully assess its continued impact on their budgets.

In fact, there’s a lot that states don’t know when it comes to sales tax revenue, including:

  • What percentage of sales take place online
  • Whether all remote sellers are registering, collecting, and remitting as they should
  • Which specific products or services are sold

Each state is taking a different approach to taxes in response to the budgetary challenges created by the pandemic. Here are some changes states are considering that may impact your business:

  • Cutting general sales tax
  • Expanding specific excise taxes, like legalizing recreational use of marijuana and taxing marijuana sales and vaping products
  • Changing income and sales tax rates and structures
  • Increasing the sales tax base to include digital streaming and subscription services

Of course, any tax policy change means that your business needs to be ready to change along with it. Read our blog post for insights on the current shape of state taxes gleaned from a survey of leaders.

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Powering Global Commerce: Avalara’s Inspire Virtual Event

This past year has been one like no other. For many businesses, this has meant rapid operating changes, with some rethinking their growth strategies altogether. Building on its previous success, Inspire Virtual returns for the fifth year in Fall 2021 from October 20-21. Aimed at empowering business leaders with the knowledge they need to grow their businesses internationally, this event is not to be missed. Register now »

Companies experiencing rapid growth: Your five-step game plan for compliance

Concerned you’ll hit an economic nexus threshold soon and you haven’t registered in states where required? This on-demand webinar covers five compliance steps that every growing company should consider. Watch now »

CertCapture customer to CertCapture customer: How one company mastered exempt sales

Hear how one Avalara customer simplified the certificate process with automation and developed an exemption certificate management system using Avalara CertCapture. They pass on their tips, tricks, and advice. You’ll also see a CertCapture demonstration. Watch now »

Fueling for recovery: How convenience stores can maximize growth during slowdowns

Running a convenience store is no simple feat. Rules, regulations, and complications are daunting. Don’t feel overwhelmed. Watch now »

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Sales tax planning for holiday 2021: 5 steps to stay compliant

If your business plans to grow online sales (including marketplace or social media), expand its brick-and-mortar presence, or hire remote staff, it’s a good idea to plan for a change in your sales tax obligations. Read more »

4 tips for managing business licenses

The importance of properly tracking, storing, and displaying your licenses and permits cannot be overstated. And that duty is yours to oversee. When you don’t display licenses or allow them to expire, you may incur fines, face additional reinstatement costs, or get shut down. Read more »

August 2021 Roundup: Sales tax laws you need to know

Tax policy updates for August are as varied as summer vacation plans and include tax amnesty, tax registration requirements, and more. Read more »

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