What Is Streamlined Sales Tax And How Can it Help My Business?

Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) is an initiative that aims to simplify and standardize the collection and remittance of sales tax across different states. It was first implemented in 2005 and has since been adopted by 24 states. The initiative aims to make it easier for businesses to comply with sales tax laws, reduce administrative costs, and create a level playing field for retailers across different states.

What Are the Benefits of Streamlined Sales Tax?

One of the main benefits of SST is uniform definition of products and services across the states. Additionally, SST provides businesses access to free tax administration software, which can help automate tax calculations, filings, and remittances.

Current List of Full Member Participating States

 

Arkansas Kansas Nebraska North Dakota South Dakota West Virginia
Georgia Kentucky Nevada Ohio Utah Wisconsin
Indiana Michigan New Jersey Oklahoma Vermont Wyoming
Iowa Minnesota North Carolina Rhode Island Washington Tennessee*

*Associate Member State 

For more information about registering for the SST program, contact us today. We are your Trusted Tax Advisor.

Have a question? Contact Dan Thompson, Thompson Tax Team.

California's AB 2829 Digital Advertising Tax Proposal

California has proposed a new digital advertising tax (AB 2829) that has been met with mixed reactions from businesses and consumers alike. If passed, the tax would be levied on large-scale California businesses that generate over $100,000,000.00 in annual global revenue from digital advertising services and would take effect on January 1, 2025.

Some have hailed the proposal as a way to generate much-needed revenue for the state’s budget, which was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and has not yet fully recovered. Supporters of the tax also argue that it would help level the playing field between brick-and-mortar businesses and digital retailers, which have avoided many of the taxes and regulations that traditional companies face.

Opponents of the tax disagree and argue that the new tax would be harmful to both businesses and consumers alike. Opponents argue that it would make it more difficult for businesses to compete in an already challenging economic environment and that the tax would be difficult to enforce as it raises constitutional concerns surrounding the Due Process and Commerce Clauses. Opponents also argue that although there is an anti-passthrough provision disallowing the tax from being charged to the consumer as a separate fee, surcharge, or line item, businesses would instead pass the cost along to consumers under the guise of higher prices.

This recent California proposal has generated significant debate and controversy, with solid arguments on both sides. What are your thoughts?

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Impact Of Sales And Use Tax On Mergers And Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involve complex transactions that require careful planning and execution. One aspect that is often overlooked is the impact of sales and use tax on the transaction. Failure to properly account for sales and use tax can have a significant impact on the deal, including increased costs, potential legal issues, and decreased profitability.

One of the main reasons why sales and use tax can be a challenge in M&A due diligence is that it varies by state. Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding sales and use tax, and these rules can change frequently. This means that companies involved in M&A transactions need to be aware of the specific sales and use tax laws in each state where they operate or plan to operate.

When performing a due diligence review, it is important to address the target company’s sales and use tax exposure by reviewing nexus, previously filed tax returns, payment history, and any audits or assessments. This will help identify any potential liabilities, such as underpayment or non-payment of sales and use taxes.

It is also important to assess the target company’s sales and use tax compliance processes, including the accuracy of tax calculations, the appropriate use of exemptions and credits, and the maintenance of proper documentation.

Another important consideration in a due diligence review is the potential impact of sales and use tax on the transaction itself. In some cases, the buyer may be responsible for any unpaid sales and use tax liabilities of the target company. This can significantly increase the cost of the transaction and impact the profitability of the deal.

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