Avalara Launches Sales Tax Risk Assessment Tool For Online Merchants

Cloud-based tax compliance service Avalara announced the availability of its Sales Tax Risk Assessment tool, a self-serve online resource that helps companies determine where they have likely triggered economic nexus by providing a detailed assessment of their state-by-state sales tax obligation risk over email. Avalara Sales Tax Risk Assessment enables companies to quickly discover states […]

eBay Collects One Million Signatures Supporting a Fair Sales Tax Policy

eBay announced that more than one million Americans signed a petition the company supported calling for Congress to pass federal legislation on Internet-wide state tax collection in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The Court’s June 2018 ruling left many questions unanswered with respect to the collection and remittance of sales tax […]

New House Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Unreasonable Sales Tax Collection

A new house bill has been introduced as H.R.6824 that aims “To prohibit States from retroactively imposing a sales tax collection duty on a remote seller, and for other purposes.” The bipartisan bill is led by representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, Anna Eshoo, Karen Handel, Zoe Lofgren, and Jeff Duncan and has been referred to the House […]

Testimonies Show That Remote Sales Tax Collection is Far From Settled

The written testimonies from the participants (or witnesses in the Congressional jargon) at Tuesday’s hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on Examining the Wayfair decision and its Ramifications for Consumers and Small Businesses show some significant differences between the interested parties. For some “light reading”, here are the written testimonies. This is followed by the […]

Newegg Has Egg on Their Face, Apologizes For Sharing Sales Data

A Connecticut sales tax law that may require marketplaces to collect and submit sales tax on purchases made by Connecticut buyers may have created a lot of confusion. Like many states, Connecticut has a use tax that requires residents of the state to submit 6.35 percent tax on purchases made out of state. And just […]

Avalara Launches New Amazon FBA Inventory Report to Help with Sales Tax Compliance

2018 is shaping up to be a year when the battle around interstate sales tax may turn in favor of states. For a long time, a 1992 Supreme Court case Quill Corp. v. North Dakota (“Quill”) effectively defined that sellers without substantial nexus, mostly meaning offices, warehouses, or sales staff, in a state were not […]

U.S. Supreme Court Sets Date to Hear Sales Tax Case

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Late on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court set a date to hear oral arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. for Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The case is effectively a revisit of “Quill,” – Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992) – which made it virtually impossible for states to require sellers to collect […]

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Sales Tax Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Friday to take up the case by South Dakota in its dispute with three eCommerce companies on the collection of state sales tax. South Dakota is appealing a lower court decision that favored Wayfair Inc, Overstock.com Inc and Newegg Inc. and is asking the justices to revisit the 1992 decision that […]