US sales tax amnesty explained

What you need to know about the Online Marketplace Voluntary Disclosure Initiative from the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC)

Twenty-four U.S. states (and counting) are rolling out a new programme that gives qualifying online sellers the chance to begin filing sales tax without paying penalties or back taxes. The move is part of a broader effort across the U.S. by states that hope to expand their sales tax revenue from online sales.

The window to participate is brief (August 17 – October 17). No online seller, particularly Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) merchants, can afford to miss the chance to educate themselves about the programme.

Join Michael Fleming, director of Peisner Johnson, and Scott Peterson, Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations for Avalara, who will address these topics and answer audience questions:

  • Factors to consider if weighing the decision to apply for amnesty
  • Eligibility for amnesty
  • What to expect from states hoping to expand their sales tax revenue
  • How to move forward with the Voluntary Disclosure process

Busy on 24th August? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording.


Michael Fleming

Director | Peisner Johnson & Company

Mike is a Director with Peisner Johnson & Company (PJCo). Peisner Johnson, founded in 1992, is a CPA firm that is focused entirely on solving state and local tax issues. Mike is one of the country’s leading figures when it comes to state tax, nexus, certificates and online sellers.

Scott Peterson

Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations | Avalara Inc

Scott Peterson is the Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations for Avalara, Inc. Prior to joining Avalara Scott was the first Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Governing Board. For seven years Scott acted as the chief operating officer of an organization devoted to making sales tax simpler and more uniform for the benefit of business. Before joining SST Scott spent ten years as the Director of the South Dakota Sales Tax Division.

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