US Sales Tax Overview
What is Sales Tax?
Businesses in Europe are used to dealing with taxes in the form of VAT, but US sales tax is a different prospect entirely.
There are over 12,000 taxing jurisdictions throughout the US. Add to this 100,000+ rules, rates and boundary changes annually and it’s easy to see why many companies require outside expertise to manage what initially seems like a straightforward process.
VAT vs Sales Tax
Sales tax is collected only at the time of the final sale, whereas VAT is applied every time value is added at each stage during the supply chain.
Depending on the state in which your customer is based, different items may be taxed at different rates.
If you have ‘nexus’ in an American state, you must collect sales tax on all taxable sales.
What is Nexus?
Nexus is a connection or business presence in a state or jurisdiction.
International businesses selling in the US are not required to collect sales tax in a state unless they have ‘nexus.’ If you do, then you need to collect and remit sales tax according to their regulations.
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How we help your business
We offer a full suite of professional services including nexus studies that help to identify your obligations and registration services to ensure compliance when you expand in the US. Our cloud-based Avalara AvaTax™ technology integrates with hundreds of ERP, PoS and eCommerce platforms to bring tax automation into your expanding business, both in terms of calculating accurate taxes as well as returns filing and remittance.
Latest American news
January 16, 2019
The New York state tax department published on 15 January 2019 guidance on the immediate requirements for out-of-state sellers to register and charge Sales Tax.
January 3, 2019
Texas has become the latest US state to implement Sales Tax obligations on out-of-state (non-resident) merchants. This follows the 2018 South Dakota vs Wayfair Supreme Court ruling obliging remote sellers without a presence in a state to charge and remit local Sales Tax.
October 12, 2018
As part of the NAFTA renegotiation completed on 1 Oct 2018, the US has secured a rise in the duty-free threshold for e-commerce sales...