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US ecommerce sales tax for foreigners simplified with SST

  • Jan 27, 2021 | Richard Asquith

Many European and global online sellers are beginning to find success in the US market, boosted by the COVID-19 ecommerce boom. However, this means US state sales tax collection obligations following the extension of taxing obligations to foreign or ‘remote’ sellers in the South Dakota vs Wayfair Supreme Court ruling.

Following the taxing rules across all the states – there are also over 12,000 cities, municipalities and counties that can also tax you – is enough to put any foreign seller off. But do not fret – tax simplification and cost-savings on selling into lots of US states is at hand! Meet Streamlined Sales Tax (SST).

SST is a simplified sales tax reporting regime across 24 US states that have agreed on minimum compliance standards. They have harmonised the basic filing processes and details, and certified tax calc and reporting companies like Avalara to file your return. In includes the SST Central Registration System and other harmonisations on filings. That means less time spent by you, and significant savings on your compliance costs. Plus, you benefit from limits on future potential audits.

Foreign sellers are typicalyl eligible for SST since they are out-of-state, with no ‘physical nexus’ in the states.

Contact Avalara as a certified service provider (CSP) for US SST. We can explain the process, what you will be saving and how we can take tax off your to-do list and leave you to get on with your US growth plans.

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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: richard.asquith@avalara.com. 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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