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Texas Tax Amnesty: Is Fresh Start the Best Start?

State tax amnesties are few and far between, so when Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced an amnesty for the state of Texas on March, taxpayers had cause for celebration. Amnesties are usually beneficial for the state as well as for many taxpayers. In general, the states offer amnesties with the hope they will get a

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New chart: Sales Tax VDAs by State

Voluntary disclosure agreements 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 keeping

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Peisner Johnson & Company Turns 20

Twenty years ago today, Jerry Peisner and Andy Johnson formed Peisner Johnson & Company with a clear mission: Solve clients’ state tax problems.  As the newest member of the PJCo team, I’d like to wish Jerry, Andy, and the rest of the team a happy 20th anniversary! Congratulations, Team, and here’s to many more years

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Sales Tax Rates Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Harder

For some businesses, sales tax collection is not a big deal. If your business operates out of a single physical storefront and you don’t ship or deliver the items you sell, and if you sell straightforward stuff (not food, candy or mixed goods and services) then sales tax is not complicated. It may be a

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Good Sales Tax News for Manufacturers

These days, when it comes to sales/use taxes, good news is hard to come by. So many states are increasing taxes and rolling back exemptions and stepping up audit enforcement. A quick perusal of the headlines provides all the proof. New York, North Carolina, California and others are taking the position that merely having otherwise

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North Carolina Case Sends Shivers Through NC DOR

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has handed down a decision that has to be causing quite the stir at the NC DOR. It is certainly true that this decision is potentially far-reaching. It’s also a very surprising decision. Anyone who has any use tax assessment pending in NC or has been assessed use tax

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger; They Might Just Save Your Business

Last year we released a short video highlighting a situation we refer to as “the biggest tragedy in sales tax.”  Essentially a business which has a tax obligation, or “nexus”, to a state fails to collect sales tax from customers at the time of purchase and is audited.  The state assesses the business for the

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