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US 1 Oct Super Sales Tax Tuesday

  • Aug 27, 2019 | Richard Asquith

On Tuesday 1 October 2019, the imposition of US sales tax obligations on foreign (‘remote’) sellers and marketplaces goes full throttle.  This will include new tax laws for Texas, the country’s second most populous state.

More than twelve new states will extend or update the requirements on remote sellers and marketplaces to tax local consumers with sales tax. This follows the 2018 South Dakota vs Wayfair Supreme Court ruling that created a new 'economic nexus' test. This set the trigger for collecting sales tax as merely selling to consumers remotely. Previously, states would require some actual presence in the state - known as 'physical nexus' - before taxing obligations where established. Physical nexus was interpreted differently across the 45 states that levied a sales tax – from local staff, premises, stocks to merely a visiting sales team. The Wayfair economic nexus test extended this to just selling across state lines by out-of-state sellers over a local state registration threshold.

The following seven states will implement economic nexus on 1 October 2019: Arizona, Kansas; Maryland (extending the existing law); Massachusetts; Minnesota; Tennessee; and Texas. 

In addition, the following states will impose marketplace facilitator collection requirements: Arizona; California; Colorado; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota (extending existing law); Nevada; North Dakota; Texas; Utah; and Wisconsin. The marketplace facilitator laws requires in and out-of-state marketplaces hosting online sales by remote sellers to collect sales tax on their behalf. Again, there is a registration threshold, but these can differ significantly from state-to-state.

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On the 1st October 2019 more than twelve new U.S. states will extend or update the requirements on remote sellers and marketplaces to tax local consumers with sales tax.

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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