Online Taxes

The Supreme Court and Sales Tax: What You Need to Know
February 26, 2018 at 10:34 am

For online retailers, few issues are as confusing and cumbersome as understanding sales tax obligations in various states. Most companies either try to find an automated solution or stick their heads in the sand and hope for the best. In the face of this complexity, the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear South Dakota v.…

Supreme Court Will Review Internet Sales Tax Law
January 15, 2018 at 9:50 am

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider freeing state and local governments to collect billions of dollars in sales taxes from online retailers, agreeing to revisit a 26-year-old ruling that has made much of the internet a tax-free zone. Heeding calls from traditional retailers and dozens of states, the justices said they will hear South Dakota’s contention…

Trump Again Goes After Amazon on Taxes
August 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

President Trump renewed his attack on Amazon.com Wednesday, tweeting that the e-commerce giant is "doing great damage to tax-paying retailers" and removing jobs in cities. Trump's blistering tweet was issued hours after The Washington Post — the newspaper owned by Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos — ran an editorial with the headline, "Mr. Trump gives comfort to racists." Total…

Amazon FBA Sellers Can Avoid Paying Back Sales Taxes Starting Today
August 17, 2017 at 11:17 am

Amazon.com sellers owing an estimated $2 billion in uncollected sales taxes are being offered a chance to waive those charges. CNBC reports 13 states have come together to announce a new sales tax amnesty program for online merchants who sell on Amazon and other online sites. Starting August 17, sellers with potential tax liability can…

Your Company Just Received a State Tax Notice … Now What?
August 8, 2017 at 10:33 am

A growing number of states are sending out notices to online and catalog companies based outside their jurisdiction requiring such companies to now comply with this or that new law or regulation (key word here: “outside”). Chances are, your company has received one or more of these notices even though you have no physical presence…

Congress Debates New Online Sales Tax Bill
July 26, 2017 at 10:55 am

Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sparred over the implications of a bill that aims to take away states’ ability to collect online sales taxes. Republicans clashed within their own party and with Democrats in a hearing over whether or not H.R. 2887, the “No Regulation Without Representation” act, would help local economies or violate…

President Trump Incorrectly Attacks Amazon on Taxes
June 30, 2017 at 10:17 am

President Donald Trump took to social media earlier this week to attack Amazon.com, claiming incorrectly that it owns the Washington Post in a scheme to dodge “internet taxes.” Amazon doesn’t own the newspaper; its CEO, Jeff Bezos, bought it himself. Furthermore, while there isn’t a federal “internet tax,” as Trump contends, Amazon has started to collect sales…

Trade Associations Sue Massachusetts Over Internet Sales Tax
June 14, 2017 at 10:27 am

NetChoice, a trade association of internet companies and organizations, and American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA), a trade association representing the interests of companies, individuals and organizations engaged in and supporting catalog marketing, have filed a suit to stop Massachusetts from requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes. The groups are suing over a regulation — slated…

Amazon Takes the Sales Tax Plunge. How Will it Impact Your Business?
April 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

Over the last several months, the retail industry has closely watched what the federal government would determine to be an appropriate sales tax collection approach for remote sellers. While several bills are still pending at the federal level, Amazon.com, the granddaddy of e-commerce, just made the jump to finalize the collection and remittance of sales and…