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Top Ten Nexus Survival Tips

 Do not underestimate nexus – Not knowing about nexus can have a devastating effect on you and your company. If a state determines you have nexus there is generally not a statute of limitations on how far back they can audit you. In theory, the state can go back to the date you started to

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Updated chart: Sales Tax on Shipping Charges

Updated chart: Sales Tax on Shipping Charges Sales tax on shipping charges is a tricky issue for tax professionals because states’ treatment of the tax varies widely. In Illinois, this issue was the subject of a class action lawsuit against the retailer Walmart. As we pointed out in our recent article, when the Illinois Supreme

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First, Class Actions, and Now Whistleblowers Penalties for Sales Tax Errors May Skyrocket                                  

Isn’t Staying in Business, Keeping the Customer Happy while Earning at least a Modest Profit, Hard Enough Already? The Greatest Tragedy in Sales Tax   If a company even slightly overcharges sales tax to a customer, they run the risk, if there are many such customers, of a possible class action lawsuit. On the other

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Don’t Let Auditor Sleight-of-Hand Cost You An Arm & A Leg

1/3 of Sales Tax Audits Result in a Credit, But Does That Mean You Made Out Like A Bandit? Not necessarily. Before you go bragging about your last sales tax audit while running to the bank, your sales tax auditor may be breathing a sigh of relief while peeling out of your parking lot after

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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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