Transaction Privilege Tax (AKA Sales Tax)

When is a sales tax not a sales tax? When it's a transaction privilege tax. Looking back in history, we can see that the practice of collecting sales tax for online purchases had some public relations problems. Advocates pointed out that everyone was...
Remote Sellers Sales Tax Holdout Florida May Jump In
Remote Sellers Sales Tax Holdout Florida May Jump In

The 2018 Wayfair decision from the Supreme Court allows states to collect sales tax from remote sellers with no physical presence in the state. Most states have already jumped on the bandwagon. Only two of the states that charge sales tax have not yet...

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Sales Tax Revenues Are Up
Sales Tax Revenues Are Up

Through most of 2020, states worried about their sales tax revenues. Headlines about mandatory closures of businesses forecast huge drops in state revenues, largely because of the loss of sales tax revenues from businesses that had to close. Retailers,...

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Sales Tax and the U.S. Manufacturing Strategy
Sales Tax and the U.S. Manufacturing Strategy

There has been a lot of talk about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. One of the most common tactics is the tax cut. In 2017, corporate taxes were cut from 35% to 21%. Did that make a difference for manufacturing -- and in particular...

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Faster Sales Tax Remittance in Your Future?
Faster Sales Tax Remittance in Your Future?

States are suffering economically during the pandemic, and they're looking for solutions. Sales tax is an area that has been hit hard, with many states seeing tumbling sales tax revenues as businesses close or contract. So states are looking for ways to...

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Seasonal Sales Tax Rates
Seasonal Sales Tax Rates

Pumpkin spice is in the air (and in your coffee, your baked goods, maybe your bathtub...), Halloween is coming up, and then it's a fast slide through Thanksgiving and Christmas to a new year. While you're enjoying seasonal changes all over, don't...

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Sales Tax Audits on the Rise
Sales Tax Audits on the Rise

Colquitt County, Georgia, got a surprise when they checked their sales tax revenue. Half a million dollars more than they expected, to be precise. An audit of a major retailer found that they had been under-paying sales tax, and the state got a windfall...

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Sales Tax Software Customer Service
Sales Tax Software Customer Service

When you choose sales tax compliance software, you might not think much about customer service. After all, in an ideal world you won't need customer service. You choose your sales tax solution, use it successfully, and never have a problem. You don't...

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Software Reviews: Why They’re Useful
Software Reviews: Why They’re Useful

When the Supreme Court agreed, in the Wayfair decision, that states can now require out of state companies to collect and remit sales tax, one of their reasons was that there would soon be software that would make it easy. But when businesses buy...

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Sturgis and Sales Tax in the Pandemic
Sturgis and Sales Tax in the Pandemic

Sturgis, South Dakota, is getting ready for their annual motorcycle rally, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Where Fayetteville, Arkansas, canceled their Bikes, Blues & Barbecue festival, which usually brings 400,000 visitors to the town of 86,000,...

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