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What Companies Get Audited and Why?

It should come as no surprise that state auditors aren’t looking for companies that are managing their taxes correctly. After all, audit penalties and assessments provide enormous revenue and help shore up budget deficits. According to a recent California State Board of Equalization (BOE) in 2013-2014 report, the state generated over $21 Million in revenue

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Good Sales Tax News in California for Online Sellers?

Fiona Ma, the California State Treasurer recently sent a letter to the Governor, Gavin Newsom that is causing a bit of a stir in the online seller community.  In her letter she states that the CDTFA’s (California Department of Tax and Fee Administration) targeting of online sellers is “unlawful, unconstitutional and impractical”. That’s pretty strong

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You Can’t Scale What We Do

These days everyone in business talks about SCALE. Like, you can’t be successful unless you can scale what you do. It’s almost as if an idea stinks unless it “scales”. Well, we don’t scale very well. But we’re not knocking the concept. Scale makes complete economic sense for the software companies.  They couldn’t survive without

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“Don’t Nobody Go Nowhere”

Recently we were at a gate at an airport and had just been told that our plane was being taken out of service because of a “maintenance issue”. Our much-anticipated trip to Hawaii was in jeopardy! Anxious passengers began to crowd around the gate area while others seemed to be hurrying off to the ticketing

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AICPA Warns CPAs About Risk RE:Wayfair and Sales Tax

In a recent and rather blunt article appearing in February, 2019’s issue of the Journal of Accountancy, authors Matt Mitzen, CPA and Deborah K. Rood, CPA, issued warnings to CPAs that are worth highlighting. Here are some of the quotes that grabbed my attention. “I anticipate Wayfair having far-reaching effects.” “The Wayfair decision is not

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The Seven Worst States For Sales Tax on Services

Sales tax is a transaction tax on the retail sale of tangible personal property and certain selected services. 45 states plus the District of Columbia impose a sales tax. Traditionally, the sales tax has been assessed upon all sales of tangible personal property (TPP) unless some specific exemption applies. On the other hand, services have

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Your Clients Who Use Amazon Are STILL Really Confused About Sales Tax

Problem: Many Amazon FBA sellers still have the false belief that Amazon will handle all of the sellers’ sales tax for them. This is simply not true. Below are some direct quotes from Amazon.com. Your clients can find this same information by going to their Amazon Seller Central Account (they have to log in to

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If You (or Your Clients) Have Customers in New York, Listen Up

Sales Tax in the Empire State Just Got Worse New York just (January 15, 2019) posted a notice on their website that they’ve had an economic nexus law all along. And, guess what? It’s been effective ever since the Wayfair decision was announced. Here’s what they said on their website: On June 21, 2018, the

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Voluntarily Disclosing Your Sales Tax: Is that a good idea?

Voluntary disclosure agreements (VDAs) are a useful way to mitigate past liabilities while becoming compliant for sales tax purposes. Nearly every state offers a VDA program for sales tax, and if you qualify and take advantage, it could save quite the headache. One of the challenges is that VDA programs vary widely by state, and

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