Online Taxes

Senators Renew Internet Sales Tax Push
July 17, 2014

Senators seeking to give states broader latitude to charge sales taxes on internet purchases are preparing a last-ditch effort to pass legislation through Congress before the midterm elections. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has been pushing such a fix for years, insisting it would level the playing field between brick-and-mortar and online retailers. Now, Senate supporters believe they have a perfect vehicle: the Internet Tax Freedom Act, a relatively uncontroversial measure, which sailed through the House on Tuesday, that would extend a long-standing ban on state and local taxes on internet access.

National Retail Federation Urges Congress to Modify Provisions of the Affordable Care Act
January 28, 2014

National Retail Federation Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel Neil Trautwein testified yesterday before the House Ways and Means Committee on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), where he reiterated the retail industry's strong support for modifying the health care law's employer mandate and 30-hour requirement for coverage. "Many retail and restaurant employees do not fit neatly into full- and part-time categories and compliance with the unprecedented levels of change under the ACA will be particularly challenging," Trautwein testified. 

Court Decision Could Change Rules for Online Price Comparisons
January 7, 2014

Following a California court decision, online retailer Overstock.com is facing significant changes to the way it compares prices on its site, and the company believes the court's decision could cause a ripple effect across the rest of the retail world. Today, when offering a price comparison for a particular product sold on its site, Overstock compares its price to a price recently offered by a single competitor — an approach that overstates the extent of the company's discounts, according to a lawsuit from a group of California district attorneys. 

Etsy Sellers Deal With Taxpayer ID Demands
January 7, 2014

Small merchants and individuals who sell online will most certainly come across an unpleasant reality sooner or later: the need to provide their taxpayer ID (a social security number or EIN) to any entity that processes payments on their behalf. That's because companies that process credit and debit cards as well as third-party network payments such as Etsy, PayPal and Amazon.com are required to report to merchants and to the IRS the gross amount of the transactions they've processed. 

Amazon Ready to Charge Tennessee Sales Tax
December 6, 2013

The days of tax-free purchases from Amazon.com are coming to an end for Tennessee customers. WPLN Nashville Public Radio reports that the online retail giant will begin charging the Tennessee sales tax on Jan. 1, in keeping with a previous agreement with the state.

Strange State Tax Laws You Never Knew Existed
December 4, 2013

As every business owner knows, it's important to comply with local, state and federal tax laws. But compliance can be a challenge. It's not always easy to figure out what taxes are owed on which items, even if you sell goods in one state only. If you operate in multiple states, that can complicate matters exponentially. Tax rates and taxable item categories can vary considerably from state to state. Cities can also impose their own taxes on certain items and services. And sometimes, tax regulations just don't make much sense, which leads to confusion for business owners who are struggling to accurately collect taxes from customers. Here are seven examples of bizarre taxes found in states: