Blog

Sovos Global Tax Determination Seamlessly Handles Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sales

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 didn’t break records for ecommerce sales, the numbers still showed that online shoppers were out in full force. A return to in-store shopping, global supply chain issues and the continuing pandemic were all cited as likely key factors in the small drop in online shopping numbers this year. […]

Read More
Halstead Bead Inc. v. Louisiana: A Serious Economic Nexus Threat or Minor Blip?

Even those with only a passing familiarity with sales tax understand that the tax rules and the associated compliance requirements are complex in the state of Louisiana (economic nexus only further added to that complexity). There is an argument to be made among practitioners, with strong challenges from states like Alabama and Colorado, that Louisiana is […]

Read More
How to Gain Transparency and Control of Your Tax Engine

Tax is a critical component of your business’ success and should never feel inaccessible. You don’t want your approach to tax to become a black hole where information disappears and is difficult to find. You and your teams deserve full visibility of your data and tax engine information, with self-service tools at your fingertips to […]

Read More
Is Alaska Adopting a State Sales Tax?

The old mnemonic device for remembering states without a statewide sales tax, “NOMAD” (New Hampshire, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, and Delaware) might be dropping a letter. Specifically “A”, with the introduction of HB 3006 and HB 4005 in Alaska. HB 3006 and HB 4005 each includes legislative language that would implement a statewide tax on sales […]

Read More
What’s Happening at SuiteWorld 2021?

The traditional 10-year anniversary gift is tin or aluminum, and while we don’t have a gift like that to celebrate a decade of SuiteWorld, we still want to help you plan the best SuiteWorld 2021 agenda possible.   Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, there’s a lot to learn at SuiteWorld 2021. From attending various educational […]

Read More
Massachusetts DOR to Impose New Filing Requirements on Taxpayers

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is squarely in the midst of modernizing its sales tax filing and remittance requirements, and in so doing, creating new, novel and likely challenging requirements for taxpayers. The most recent incarnation of this modernization was announced in its September 2021 DOR News, which hints at new requirements for restaurants and ecommerce […]

Read More
How Sovos Customer Support Impacts Your Sales Tax Experience

My colleague, Lisa Holmquest, previously discussed what can be expected from implementing new sales tax software. Sovos aims to deliver value quickly and reduce the cost and effort required to integrate with a new system. Additionally, we want our customers to feel supported 24/7, even when things don’t go as expected. When it comes to […]

Read More
What the New E-988 Surcharge Means for Tax Compliance

In sales tax, ideas spread fast. In the new E-988 surcharge, we may be seeing the very beginning stages of what ultimately might become a new and expansive tax compliance requirement for sellers of prepaid wireless products and services. It all started in July 2020 when the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted regulations designating the […]

Read More
4 Retail Trends and Their Sales Tax Implications

Over the past few years, I have had the unique privilege of working with many organizations to understand their business complexities as they expand and grow their company. Sales tax happens to go hand in hand with the journey of growth and expansion in virtually every market.  When creating a brand it’s crucial to have […]

Read More
What is Active/Active Availability?

With ecommerce continuing to rise in popularity, businesses can face unexpected operational challenges when there are increases in sales. But when utilizing the state of Active/Active availability through Sovos, companies know that they are backed by a scalable technological option that provides unparalleled uptime. Competition occurs every day of the year and is no longer […]

Read More
5 Key Tax Analyst Skills for a Stronger Indirect Tax Future

In today’s rapidly evolving and technology-driven regulatory environment, businesses and governments have had to change their operations to stay profitable and compliant. Everything from cloud computing to machine learning and AI to the Internet of Things (IoT) are opening new revenue streams and altering supply chain models. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and governments once […]

Read More
3 Key Benefits to Integrating a Tax Engine With Your ERP

Whether your business is looking to expand into more states (or countries), adding ecommerce options or exploring any number of other digital needs, integrating a tax engine with your ERP can be essential to ensuring positive growth. Organizations can see reduced maintenance costs and lessen the burden on internal teams, while also experiencing increased accuracy […]

Read More
3 Top Sales & Use Tax Skills Your Tax & Finance Team Needs

Sales and use tax compliance is quickly becoming a critical function for numerous types of businesses. When it comes to your tax and finance team, each employee should of course have basic knowledge of tax details, but what other areas are truly essential? How can you ensure that your finance team is ready to help […]

Read More
Can Sales Tax Change Management Benefit the IT Department?

Change is scary, but it is often also necessary. With sales tax solutions in particular, change management is often fueled by total cost of ownership (TCO), ROI and a desire for reduced manual work. But both the tax department and IT department can reap benefits through successful technology changes.  For example, more organizations are moving […]

Read More
How Sovos Helps Future-Proof Sales Tax Compliance

Sales tax compliance is complicated, ever-evolving and often an increasing burden on IT teams. How can organizations manage the shifting rules and regulations, while also maintaining regular business operations? That was one of several questions posed to Sovos’ Terry Melnik, general manager, sales and use tax, on a recent CIO Talk Network Podcast episode. A […]

Read More
What are Sales Tax Obligations for Direct Sellers & Multi-Level Marketers (MLMs)?

Direct selling companies and multi-level marketing (MLM) businesses have numerous complexities to consider when it comes to sales tax calculation and reporting requirements. Along with an expansive physical nexus footprint, direct sellers must know how their products and services are taxed around the country. It’s a daunting task when facing it alone.  Where are you […]

Read More
What to Expect with New Sales Tax Software Implementation

Change is rarely easy, but when it comes to implementing new sales tax software it doesn’t have to be a constant struggle. Organizations want to know that the implementation process includes hands-on assistance and a timeline that makes sense – for all parties involved.  Our Sovos implementation is designed to deliver value quickly and to […]

Read More
Why Sellers of Software and Digital Goods Must Consider Sales Tax

Economic nexus thresholds have become standard procedure for most U.S. states, but the taxability of software and digital products continues to vary across taxing jurisdictions. Software and digital goods suppliers understandably have questions about sales tax. Where do my digital products or software have special tax treatment? How do I handle sales tax with bundled […]

Read More