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Gail Cole is a guest blogger for Perficient on behalf of Avalara. She began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. Gail has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for experts and laypeople alike.

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How 2018’s Sales Can Affect 2019’s Sales Tax Compliance

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. In addition to the usual end-of-year activities, businesses of all sizes need to consider something new this year: The effects of 2018 on sales tax compliance in 2019. New sales tax requirements for remote sellers are coming online in numerous states since the June 2018 […]

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Making Sense of Colorado’s New Sales Tax Requirements for In-state and Out-of-state Sellers

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. Approximately 20 states have started requiring remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax since June 21, 2018, when the Supreme Court of the United States removed the physical presence rule that long prevented states from taxing remote sales. Eight more states will do the […]

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Mushrooming Marketplace Sales Tax Laws and their Impact on Small Sellers

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. Small businesses that sell through online marketplaces may qualify for a small seller exception under state economic nexus laws, but that doesn’t mean they’re always off the hook for sales tax. In the nearly 30 states with economic nexus policies, retailers with no physical presence […]

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Why Businesses Should Pay Attention to Nexus Monday

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. Ten states started requiring out-of-state sellers to collect and remit sales tax on October 1, 2018, a day that may go down in sales tax history as “Nexus Monday,” Sales tax nexus is the connection between a business and a state that enables a state […]

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Rhode Island Brings Sales Tax Law into 21st Century

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. Variable in all states, sales tax laws can appear mercurial at times. Washington state’s on-again, off-again taxes on candy and bottled water, for example, could make a person’s head spin. Yet tax laws can also seem horribly rooted in the past, as is often the […]

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Services Can Be Taxable, Too

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. It’s often assumed that services aren’t subject to sales tax, because in many states they aren’t. But more and more states are taxing services these days, in a trend that’s likely to continue. There’s a good reason for that. Americans now spend less on tangible […]

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Expect the Unexpected With Expanded Online Sales Tax Laws

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a business’s “economic and virtual contacts” with a state could enable that state to tax the business’s sales, it opened the floodgates for change. What does this mean for ecommerce businesses that sell into multiple […]

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The Perks of Tax Amnesty and Voluntary Disclosure Programs

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. Despite having the best intentions, businesses sometimes make mistakes when it comes to filing sales tax. They may apply the wrong rate to a sale, treat a taxable transaction as exempt, or file a return late — or not at all. No matter what the […]

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August Sales Tax Holiday Snags

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. Since there’s something inexplicably festive about not having to pay sales tax on normally taxable purchases, sales tax holidays are aptly named. For consumers, these events are all about savings. For retailers, they’re about a whole lot more. Sales tax compliance is always complicated, especially […]

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What Remote Sellers Should Know About South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. is a game changer for online sellers and other businesses that sell across state lines. A state can only tax a business that has nexus, a significant connection to the state. For decades, nexus […]

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Sales Tax 101 – 3 Basic Facts About Sales Tax Compliance

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. How often do you think about sales tax? Although not the most scintillating topic, sales tax should be a priority for any company that sells taxable goods or services. For starters, there’s a lot more to sales tax than rates. In addition, many businesses don’t […]

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2018 Sales Tax Changes You Need to Know

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara.  Like many years, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for sales tax changes. In addition to run-of-the-mill activities like expanding sales tax to new goods and services and exempting or reducing rates on others, states are pushing ahead with attempts to […]

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