The Truth Behind Sales Tax Audits

Repost from Avalara With the myriad responsibilities involved in running a successful business, it should come as no surprise that preparing for a sales and use tax audit is not exactly a high priority or favorite topic of conversation among business owners. There are only so many hours in a day, and many companies choose…
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2017 Mid-Year Sales Tax Changes

Repost from Avalara Dealing with change is standard operating procedure for many companies: employees leave and are hired; new products are introduced and old ones phased out; there are booms, and there are busts. On top of all that, companies need to account for sales and use tax changes. Significant changes in rates, regulations, and…
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4 Signs Your Growing Business Needs to Rethink Sales Tax

Repost from Avalara What’s new with your business? If it’s any of the below, then congratulations are undoubtedly in order. And, while we certainly don’t want to put a damper on the wrap party for your latest launch, we do want to pipe in with a quick tax-wise nugget: New business growth often leads to…
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When State Auditors Head out of State

Auditors are on the move. While most businesses expect (i.e., dread) to be audited by their home department of revenue, it often comes as a surprise to learn that state tax authorities routinely send auditors to, or hire auditors from, other states to capture unreported sales and use tax revenue. Some states go so far…
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Growth Activities That Can Be Life (And Tax) Changing

Growth isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. In fact, companies expend a great deal of energy and resources deciding which pursuits will move the needle the furthest toward achieving specific goals, and where to prioritize their time and investment. Oftentimes sales and use tax gets left out of this equation, especially when it doesn’t appear to directly…
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Risky Business: 5 Industries that Raise Audit Red Flags

States target certain businesses for sales tax audits according to data. For most companies, the mere idea of a sales tax audit is a daunting prospect, and “fingers crossed we don’t get picked” is a popular strategy. But for certain types of businesses, just doing what you do can be enough to attract the attention…
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Get Ready for New Changes to Sales and Use Tax in 2017

In 2017, when it comes to sales tax, states are taking stances on everything from soda to streaming content, tobacco to tampons. The New Year will also bring renewed efforts by states to implement internet sales taxes and continue the legal battle to overturn existing legislation. Here is a summary of 2017’s most newsworthy federal…
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Sink or Swim: A Guide to Surviving Sales Tax in 2017

Businesses may feel out of their depth as states look to test the waters on tax compliance in the coming year. Sales and use tax compliance can be a complex problem for many businesses. It almost feels like you need a bowie knife to cut through the regulatory red tape, although knowledge may be a…
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Don’t Get Fooled by Nexus Rules

April 1 is commonly known as April Fool’s Day. It’s also the date when Amazon started collecting sales tax in four more states — Maine, New Mexico, Hawaii and Idaho —bringing the total to 45 states and the District of Columbia. Amazon is no fool and sales tax nexus is no joke. States are tired…
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Election Day Brings Changes to Sales Tax

Repost from Avalara While the focus in the latest general election has been the presidential race, there were plenty of local ballot issues that will affect businesses in a very personal and immediate way. These include votes on sales taxes, several of which were passed in major metropolitan areas. Businesses need to be aware of…
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