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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Why You Need Scalable Sales Tax Technology

Sales tax is a necessary evil for all businesses but you don’t want to spend more time thinking about it than you have to. Implementing the right sales tax solution can help your business continue to grow while ensuring you meet all sales tax obligations. Choosing an efficient, reliable, always-up-to-date solution will help you keep […]

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What are the New Mexico Economic Nexus Details?

New Mexico is one of many states that updated its economic nexus following the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. decision. With the passing of New Mexico House Bill (H.B.) 6, the Land of Enchantment adopted a sales tax collection requirement for out-of-state sellers and marketplace facilitators. The below outlines several of the major points in […]

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Massachusetts Adds Safe Harbor to New Accelerated Payment Program

Taxpayers worried about complying with the new Massachusetts “Advance Payment” requirement, applicable to sales/use and room occupancy tax taking effect on April 1, 2021, should take note of a temporary safe harbor added to the final version of Technical Information Release TIR 21-4 published by the Department of Revenue on March 31, 2021. As previously […]

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What is the Sales Tax Nexus in North Carolina?

Following the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Supreme Court decision, North Carolina issued a policy directive (SD-18-6) indicating that it would be enforcing the imposition of tax on remote sellers under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.8(b). This directive was later codified in Session Law 2019-6. Remote sellers and marketplace facilitators should regularly ensure that they […]

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Massachusetts to Implement Advance Sales Tax Payment Program for April

As previously reported by my colleague, Erik Wallin, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is set to start enforcing a new advance payment program applicable to sales, use and room occupancy tax. The requirements are detailed in a draft Technical Information Release and in an email sent to taxpayers on March 5. There are two critical changes […]

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