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3 Sessions, Many Takeaways: Wine Summit Piccolo Event Recap

Sovos ShipCompliant hosted the 15th annual Wine Summit a couple weeks ago, only this time it was a shortened “Piccolo” virtual version. This half-day event featured some of the most popular sessions and presentations originally scheduled for the cancelled live event back in May. The recorded version of the event is available to watch on-demand; […]

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The Industry Leader in Tax and Regulatory Reporting

Last year, Sovos promised insurers we would Solve Tax for Good®. A year later, we have helped thousands of insurers ease the burden and risk of modern tax and regulatory compliance. We have kept our promise by helping insurers stay ahead of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, SECURE Act and all other tax and […]

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Direct Wine Shippers Have a New Tax Burden in Chicago

As of July 1, 2020, wineries making direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments of wine into the city of Chicago will face an additional tax burden. Under Chicago ordinance O2020-801, the city’s Liquor Tax will now apply to all sales of alcohol to consumers in the city.  What Is The Chicago Liquor Tax? Chicago has long imposed an […]

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New Educational Course: Tax Compliance and Accounting for Captive Insurers

Finding relevant insurance accounting education has always been a challenge for insurance professionals. Insurance is a global industry. But, the financial reporting and tax rules for insurance transactions represent only a small niche within the extensive realm of statutory and GAAP guidance.  Captive insurance companies are yet another niche within that, which only narrows the […]

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New Rules for Remote Sellers in Louisiana

Beginning July 1, remote sellers making sales into Louisiana must register with the Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers (“the Commission”) in order to be compliant with new requirements to collect, remit and report state and local sales tax. The information below is intended to explain what companies will be impacted, what […]

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Back to Basics: Seven Things You Need to Know About CSPs & SST

Sales & Use Tax is complex and growing more so by the day. The number of jurisdictions, tax forms and rate changes makes managing these processes enough to deplete the resources of even the most experienced accounting and finance teams.  States have been working to alleviate the burden on companies by providing programs that allow […]

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Ask Alex: Your Bev Alc Compliance Questions Answered (June 2020)

Do you have questions about the rules, regulations, and compliance requirements of the beverage alcohol industry? This series, Ask Alex, is a perfect opportunity to get those pressing questions answered straight from one of the industry’s regulation and market experts, Alex Koral, Senior Regulation Counsel, Sovos ShipCompliant.  To take advantage of this opportunity and get […]

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Act now: Temporary Extension to Enroll in the Delaware VDA Program

Did your company receive an invitation in February 2020 to join the Delaware Voluntary Disclosure Agreement Program (SOS VDA Program)? If so, you have extra time to enroll in the program. The Office of Unclaimed Property extended the enrollment deadline to July 18, 2020.   How to enroll   If you intend to enroll, send […]

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How to Expand Your Brewery in 10 Steps

Looking to enter a new market or expand your product line? Growing any business can be complicated, and the beverage alcohol industry is no exception. Not knowing how or where to begin can be the biggest hurdle. From market research and branding to strategic considerations and compliance, this 10-step guide will get you on the […]

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Industry First: Businesses and Government Partner on New Digital VAT Compliance Principles

For the first time in history, international business and governments have come together. Their aim was to define and agree a guiding set of principles for tax compliance in a world where continuous tax controls (CTCs) are becoming the norm.  The International Chamber of Commerce‘s (ICC) executive board has now formally approved the first set […]

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Do You Need Your Own License to Ship Wine? The Answer is Yes.

This is a common question wineries face when entering the direct-to-consumer (DtC) market, and the answer is yes. In order to ship wine DtC, a winery needs to have a DtC shipper’s license. This can be challenging as the rules and requirements to obtain this license vary by state. Because of this, an increasing number […]

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A Lowered Federal 1099-K Threshold Gains National Attention

The Coronavirus pandemic revived a longstanding debate amongst lawmakers about what unemployment benefits to provide to independent contractors and how to decrease the underreporting of income. Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Taxation and IRS Oversight Subcommittee, John Thune, believes simplifying tax requirements would ensure that self-employed workers report accurately, pay all taxes owed and […]

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Granholm: 15 Years of Shipping Wine…and More

How much can change in fifteen years?  It was May 2005 when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Granholm v. Heald, one of the most consequential beverage alcohol-related cases the Court has heard. The case challenged laws in Michigan and New York that permitted in-state wineries to make direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments to their […]

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4 Steps to Get Started Shipping DtC

Direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of beverage alcohol products is a $3 billion dollar market that continues to grow annually. DtC shipping can be a great way to grow your business by reaching new audiences, expanding your customer base, and increasing your sales. But, before you can take advantage of this growing market, there are some steps […]

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The Advantage of a Cloud-First Company

With the acquisition of Eagle Technology Management (ETM) and Booke Seminars, Sovos has united the very best in statutory reporting solutions, technology and expertise. Below is an overview of our strategy following these acquisitions: Sovos’s SaaS and Security Strategy  Sovos at its core is a Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-first company. This means […]

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Ask Alex: Your Bev Alc Compliance Questions Answered (May 2020)

Do you have questions about the rules, regulations, and compliance requirements of the beverage alcohol industry? This series, Ask Alex, is a perfect opportunity to get those pressing questions answered straight from one of the industry’s regulation and market experts, Alex Koral, Senior Regulation Counsel, Sovos ShipCompliant.  To take advantage of this opportunity and get […]

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How Technology Partnerships Improve DtC Compliance

To be an expert, one has a specialty. Ours is beverage alcohol compliance. Since compliance sits at the heart of operations, being connected at every step helps our customers focus on their business instead spending countless hours on manual processes. Compliance is challenging, but we make it easier with a large and robust network of […]

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Making the Case: Seven Benefits of Automating Your Tax Exemption Certificate Management Process

Tax exemption certificate management might not be the topic at the forefront of every executives mind, but if your organization is serious about reducing the risk of adverse audit assessments (including penalties and interest), it’s a process you absolutely have to get right. Manual processes have proven time and time again that they are no […]

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