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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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How do States Tax Cloud Computing including Application Service Providers (ASPs) and Software as a Service (SaaS)?

SaaS and ASP (AKA “Cloud Computing,”) are now a very, and perhaps the most, common model for software delivery. Cloud Computing means that customers access specific software applications over the internet through third-party providers rather than through a single purchase loaded on a single computer. The sales and use tax implications of Cloud Computing are

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What Methods do States Allow for Obtaining Sale Tax Refunds and Credits?

The steps for claiming a sales tax refund or credit vary greatly by state, but the most common procedures include: Adjusting the sales reported or tax due (or taking a credit) on a following return Amending the original return(s) Filing a separate refund claim either by letter or specific form The easiest and quickest way

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How do States Tax Construction Contractors?

In most states, if a contractor is performing work on real property, the contractor is deemed to be the final consumer, or the end user of the tangible personal property used to build the real property and, accordingly, must pay sales tax upon those purchases. Accordingly, in most states, as a purchaser of construction services,

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