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A Helpful Overview Of The 2019 State Sales Tax Ranking

Monika Miles- Overview of 2019 State Sales Tax

Over the past few years we’ve seen how companies have determined where to base operations based on considerations like sales taxcredits and incentives, and overall business climate. When it comes to running a business, which states are friendliest and which are most unfavorable?

The Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index compiles various state details to offer a fascinating comparison for corporate leaders. Keep reading for an overview of how the various states stack up next to each other, especially in regards to sales tax.

2019 State Sales Tax Ranking

The Tax Foundation’s review of this year’s sales tax ranking includes a map with a helpful visual of each state’s placement on the list.

On it you can see the top 10 states are:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Delaware
  3. Montana
  4. Oregon
  5. Arkansas
  6. Wyoming
  7. Maine
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Nebraska
  10. Virginia

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Holiday Shopping And Online Sales Tax: What You Need To Know

Monika Miles - Holiday Shopping And sales And Use Tax Online

Now that we’re in the midst of the holiday shopping season, businesses and states are starting to see the effects of the Wayfair online sales tax decision. Looking back specifically at Cyber Monday, there are a lot of fascinating results regarding how states and businesses fared. Are states projecting an accurate amount of revenue?

It’s also worth noting how the new online sales tax laws will affect small internet retailers as they struggle to comply with various states’ laws during this busy holiday shopping time. How will they fare given the new regulations?

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Focus On North Carolina And Taxes

North Carolina And Taxes

The Tar Heel State is a southeastern U.S. state with a landscape ranging from Atlantic Ocean beaches to the Appalachian Mountains. Charlotte, the state’s largest city, is home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and museums, such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The state motto (“First in Flight”) honors the Wright Brothers, who flew their first plane in Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks.

North Carolina provides a large range of recreational activities, from swimming at the beach to skiing in the mountains. North Carolina also offers everything from theme parks to lighthouses.

Business Climate

North Carolina is the leading U.S. state in the production of flue-cured tobacco and sweet potatoes, and second in the farming of pigs and hogs, trout and turkeys. In the three most recent USDA surveys, North Carolina also ranked second in the production of Christmas trees.

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Important U.S. State Tax Measures: Watch Out For The Results In These State Initiatives

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Carbon State Tax Initiative: Washington

Washington’s Initiative 1631 would impose a tax on carbon emissions from companies that either sell or use fossil fuels; it would be the first of its kind across the country.

What would this new state tax cost companies? The Tax Policy Center explains, “The proposed rate is $15 per metric ton of carbon emissions beginning in 2020 with $2 annual increases until the state meets its emissions target.” The Tax Foundation specifies the target as, “Reducing overall emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035, and by 50 percent below 1990 levels (or 70 percent below the state’s expected emissions for that year) by 2050.”

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States’ Reactions To Online Sales Tax: What You Need To Know

Monika Miles - States Reactions To Onli

If you’ve been following the Wayfair case, you know the Supreme Court upheld South Dakota’s online sales tax legislation (related to economic nexus), creating precedent for other states to create and implement similar measures. But, as we explained in our last blog post, this doesn’t automatically mean all 50 states are charging taxes on internet purchases.

Which states are now collecting online sales tax, and how does this new ruling affect residents in states without sales tax? Keep reading to find out how some states are reacting to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

More States Begin Collecting Online Sales Tax

It’s not surprising that states are scrambling to create internet sales tax legislation to increase revenue as quickly as possible. As of October 1st, ten states joined the ranks of those requiring collection of sales tax if certain economic nexus thresholds are met:

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The Supreme Court Wayfair Case Continues To Make Headlines – California And Texas

Monika Miles - The Wayfair Case Continues To Make Headlines

It’s been over three months since the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., which made it easier for companies to create nexus in states. In turn, this made it easier for states to collect sales tax revenue from companies doing business in the state.

The Supreme Court’s ruling did not automatically make this the law of the land for all 50 states. The high court’s decision was that South Dakota’s economic nexus law was constitutional. Since this ruling, states have been jumping on the economic nexus bandwagon by enacting similar legislation. As we describe in a recent blog, economic nexus is based upon the amount of sales or number of transactions in the state. If a certain threshold is met, nexus is deemed to be created.

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What You Need To Know About The Taxability Of SAAS In North Dakota, South Dakota And Nebraska

Monika Miles- Taxability of SAAS In North dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska

In the wake of the Wayfair decision, there are a lot of questions surrounding sales taxes across the many U.S. states. While many queries we receive revolve around establishing physical presence and nexus for retail items, the next important question a company must always ask is, “If I have nexus, is my product taxable?” In that regard, there are a few areas many business often overlook: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), cloud computing and electronically downloaded software. Are these items taxable? It depends.

A few months ago we explored the taxability of SaaS, cloud computing and electronically downloaded software in 15 states across the country; today we’re taking a look at the tax ramifications of three more states: North DakotaSouth Dakota and Nebraska.

Nexus & Constitutional Issues for Middle America Companies

Following the Wayfair decision, do companies in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska need to pay online sales tax to states in which they’ve established nexus? And if so, what is the tax threshold?

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Kansas Tax And Business Climate

Monika Miles Kansas Tax Climate

This month brings us to the center of the country, the Great Plains state of Kansas. Kansas is a Midwestern state that epitomizes the U.S. Heartland with its Great Plains setting of rolling wheat fields. The Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, the state’s largest city, covers world history from dinosaurs to Elvis, while the open-air Old Cowtown Museum highlights the city’s pioneer past. In nearby Hutchinson, the Cosmosphere displays the Russian Vostok and Apollo 13 spacecrafts. Read more

Congress’ New Online Sales Tax Bill: What You Need To Know

Monika Miles, Online Sales Tax, Congress, Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act

As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, the online sales tax debate is far from over. Although the Supreme Court ruled that states can impose an internet sales tax, Congress can still legislate on the issue. And it looks like it will. Representatives introduced a bill designed to guide sales tax collection requirements for businesses selling across state lines.

About the Online Sales Tax Bill

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The Crazy Tax Laws Regarding Food!

Monika Miles, Food Tax, Multistate Tax, Online Tax

We write a lot of blogs! We’ve been writing a lot of blogs about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair and how companies selling goods online will be subject to much more compliance in upcoming months and years. But today, we decided to change it up and talk about something near and dear to everyone- food!

In most states throughout the country, consumers shopping at a supermarket don’t pay state sales tax on their bread and butter, but would pay sales taxes on a hot prepared turkey dinner. If they pick up a Hershey’s bar in the checkout line, is likely to be taxed, but if they pick up a Twix bar instead, it might be be exempt. Read more

What Are The Next Steps Regarding Internet Sales Tax?

Monika Miles - What Are The Next Steps Regarding Internet Sales Tax.

It’s been a few months since the Supreme Court’s Wayfair v. South Dakota decision made it possible for states to begin imposing an internet sales tax, but there are still a lot of questions swirling around – especially for small businesses owners.

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing: Internet Sales Tax

Digital Commerce 360 reports that following the Court’s decision the U.S. House Judiciary Committee heard testimony, “Spanning the spectrum of opinion on the potential fallout of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding online sales tax.” Eight citizens from a range of backgrounds provided expert insight on how the Wayfair decision would impact states and businesses across the country.

Ultimately, the testimony encouraged Congress to develop internet sales tax legislation to provide clarity as retailers attempt to figure out how to comply with each states’ various tax laws.

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North Dakota Business And Tax Climate

Monika Miles - North Dakota Business And Tax Climate

This month we travel to the Great Plains state of North Dakota. It is the 19th largest in area, the 4th smallest by population, and also the 4th most sparely populated of the 50 states. North Dakota is situated near the middle of North America with a stone marker in Rugby, North Dakota marking the “Geographic Center of the North American Continent.”

The western half of the state consists of the hilly Great Plains as well as the northern part of the Badlands, which are to the west of the Missouri River. The region is abundant in fossil fuels including natural gas, crude oil and lignite coal. The Missouri River forms Lake Sakakawea, the third largest artificial lake in the U.S.

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