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Sovos State of Compliance Newsletter
February, 2016
NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION EXPO: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM ATTENDING THE BIG SHOW.
In mid-January the National Retail Federation held their 105th convention & expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in the heart of Manhattan. The event boasted over 33,000 attendees, 500 exhibitors, and at least one child-sized robot. Sovos joined the excitement, sending a team of professionals spanning multiple departments to share our insight and attend sessions where we learned how to grow with the industry. Read more about our experience at NRF on our blog. Read more
 
 
UPCOMING WEBINAR: RETAIL SALES AND USE TAX COMPLIANCE.

Are sales and use taxes making life difficult for your retail business? Do you know the full scope of your company’s sales and use tax obligations? There are a number of unique tax laws that retailers must know, stay up-to-date on, and abide by.

Join Erik Wallin, Senior Tax Counsel at Sovos Compliance, to learn more about the intricacies of these tax laws and how Sovos can help you achieve compliance, mitigate risk, as well as save precious time and money. Erik will be presenting this complimentary webinar on Wednesday, March 2nd at 1:00 pm EST. We can help you solve your unique tax challenges and allow you to focus on core business initiatives to drive profitability. Register Here

EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE MANAGEMENT WEBINAR ON DEMAND.

On Febraury 16th our expert, Robert Marshek, conducted a webinar discussing the challenges organizations face in obtaining and managing exemption certificates. He also touched on the value of utilizing an exemption certificate management tool to streamline and centralize the process. For those who were unable to attend this session a recording is now available on our website!  Watch here

MAINE TAXPAYERS MUST STOMACH NEW SNACK FOOD TAXES.
New Year’s Day 2016 brought numerous indirect tax changes to the state of Maine. These changes were varied and intended to complement reductions in the state’s income tax. One of the biggest changes that became effective January 1, 2016 relates to the sale of food and now there are new snack food taxes.
 
Visit our blog and find out if your favorite snack food was affected! Read more
HOW DOES YOUR TAX COMPLIANCE TECHNOLOGY COMPARE?
It is never a bad time to evaluate how effective your tax determination system is. Was there notable down time? Did you encounter penalties or fees as a result of an incorrect calculation on a transaction? Did your team have to spend valuable correcting these errors?  These are just a few questions where the answer could determine if you are using the right solution for your company. How do you know if you have the right solution? Download our guide for Choosing an End to End Tax Determination Solution to find out!
JOIN SOVOS AT GALLAGHER HEALTHCARE PRACTICE 2016 STRATEGIC SUMMIT
Sovos Compliance experts will be on hand and presenting at the Gallagher Healthcare Practice 2016 Strategic Summit on March 30-31, 2016. Our experts will be onsite to answer questions for AJG clients and consultants on ACA reporting and sharing best practices. Visit our events page to learn more!

VAT PROCESS IMPROVEMENT PLANNING: NEW SOVOS SMART BRIEF

Most VAT managers are well aware of the challenges with their current VAT reporting process, but many lack time or awareness to really consider how VAT automation could help improve their lives and the organisation. Depending on regular workload, the need for automation often becomes very clear when the added responsibilities of quarter or year-end weigh heavily on the VAT team. More often than not though, it is the everyday situation that can be improved by automating the VAT process. There are many problems associated with manual VAT work. For more information about these ways to manage VAT effectively, read our new SmartBrief, VAT Process Improvement Planning.

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