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States Are Looking to Expand DtC Spirits & Beer Availability

2024 is shaping up to be a banner year for legislative efforts related to the direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of beverage alcohol. While these proposed laws span a range of legal issues, the primary driver of the bills is expanding access to the DtC market for beer and spirits producers. Currently, 47 states and D.C. permit […]

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Market Conduct Annual Statement Reminders and More

On the second Wednesday of each month, Sovos experts host a 30-minute webinar, Water Cooler Wednesday, to share the latest updates on statutory filings. In March, Sarah Stubbs shared information about the many filings due after March 1, from Market Conduct Annual Statements to health supplements for P&C and life insurers writing A&H businesses and […]

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How Producers Can Build a DtC Shipping Market

Direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping has become one of the leading sales models for businesses of all sizes and in all markets. The idea of connecting directly with consumers is notably attractive, as it helps brands develop a personal relationship and avoid costly distribution chains. Yet, for all its popularity, DtC is often a hard concept to […]

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Key Findings from the 2024 DtC Beer Shipping Report

This March, Sovos ShipCompliant released the fourth annual Direct-to-Consumer Beer Shipping Report in partnership with the Brewers Association. The DtC beer shipping report features exclusive insights on the regulatory state of the direct-to-consumer (DtC) channel, Brewers Association’s perspective and key data from a consumer preferences survey. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the […]

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As the World Gets Smaller, Think Bigger About Global Tax Compliance

For the past few weeks back, my colleagues and I have been talking a lot about the importance of a global strategy when it comes to addressing today’s modern tax environments. On the heels of Sovos introducing the Sovos Compliance Cloud, many in our company’s leadership team have blogged about related topics and the critical […]

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Florida HR 583 Set to Uncork Larger Format Wine Bottles

This bill was signed into law on March 28, 2024 and takes effect July 1, 2024. Florida wine lovers could soon enjoy a bigger selection of bottles based on a recent bill passed by the state’s legislature (HR 583) that would remove the existing cap on wine bottle sizes. What is Florida’s HR 583 bill? […]

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IRS’ New Extension of Time Impacts 2023 Recipient Statements

Unbeknownst to many issuers of 1099 and other information returns, Form 15397 Application for Extension of Time to Furnish Recipient Statements was debuted by the IRS in November 2023 and was required to be submitted by filers requesting an extension of time (EOT) for 2023 recipient statements. However, the IRS did not communicate the changes to […]

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Why the Math for Point Solutions Simply Doesn’t Add Up

A couple weeks back, Sovos introduced the Sovos Compliance Cloud. The industry’s first and only solution that unifies tax compliance and regulatory reporting software in one platform, providing a holistic data system of record for global compliance. Accompanying this launch, our CEO Kevin Akeroyd wrote about the global landscape of tax compliance and why the […]

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What Is Indirect Tax?

When most people think about “taxes” it’s likely that their thoughts first turn to “direct taxes.” However, in today’s economy, “indirect taxes” are becoming increasingly important in funding state and local governments. Indirect tax is also becoming increasingly complex, especially for businesses charged with meeting their indirect tax compliance obligations globally. In this article, we […]

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Taxation of Motor Insurance Policies

When considering motor insurance, it’s worth remembering that everything is high – from tax rates to the amount of administration required. This blog includes general information about the taxation of motor insurance policies in Europe, covering the types of applicable taxes, how they are calculated, vehicle exemptions and more. We also have blogs for some […]

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Taxation of Motor Insurance Policies: Norway

Norway has an indirect tax that applies to elements of coverage under a motor insurance policy. This blog details everything you need to know about it. As with our dedicated Spain IPT overview, this blog will focus on the specifics in Norway. We also have a blog covering the taxation of motor insurance policies across […]

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What are RUUPA’s Pre-Presumption Outreach Requirements?

Managing compliance with unclaimed property has become challenging due to the constantly changing legislative environment. A recent obligation gaining traction among states, which companies must be mindful of, is the requirement to conduct outreach to owners before their property is considered abandoned. This obligation, referred to as “pre-presumption outreach,” stems from the enactment of the […]

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Washington Wine the Positive Exception

By Andrew Adams, Editor, Wine Analytics Report With another year of winery direct-to-consumer shipments tallied and analyzed, the state of Washington was the only major region tracked by Sovos ShipCompliant and WineBusiness Analytics to enjoy growth over the previous year. Compared to 2022, shipment value by Washington’s wineries grew 11% to $187 million while volume […]

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IRS Delays E-File Requirement for Form 1042: What You Need to Know

In a recurring theme, the IRS released communication this week that exempts the requirement to e-file Form 1042 Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income (Form 1042) information for 2023 transactions. Form 1042 for 2023 transactions must be filed with the IRS by March 15, 2024. Notice 2024-26 delays the new requirement to electronically […]

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The Five Steps to Modern Compliance and Why They Are Critical for Your Business

Last week, we introduced the Sovos Compliance Cloud. The industry’s first and only solution that unifies tax compliance and regulatory reporting software in one platform, providing a holistic data system of record for global compliance. Accompanying this launch, our CEO Kevin Akeroyd wrote about the global landscape of tax compliance, how we got to this […]

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Is Beverage Alcohol Self-Distribution the Next Big Thing?

A number of recent lawsuits filed by beverage alcohol producers have raised new interest in self-distribution rights, an often-overlooked area of the industry. Self-distribution is when a supplier of alcohol, such as an importer or domestic manufacturer, is authorized to sell directly to retailers without having to work with a wholesaler to get their products […]

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Why the Market is Ready for the Sovos Compliance Cloud

The emergence of digital transformation fundamentally changed how many governments and tax authorities around the world handle modern tax and compliance. What is unique about this process is that each individual government operates under its own set of rules, and global businesses are expected to keep up. In their efforts to address compliance, ironically, many […]

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ACA Reporting Deadlines and More for Tax Year 2023

Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting has started for tax year 2023. ACA reporting can quickly become complicated and costly with IRS penalties if your business does not have an efficient process in place. Although regulations have generally stayed the same for this reporting season, there are some important updates all businesses should be aware of […]

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