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3 Important Sales Tax Predictions To Watch For In 2020

MONIKA MILES

The world of sales tax has changed a lot in the past year. Following the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision, 2019 was the year most states began requiring businesses to collect and remit sales tax, and then began making marketplace facilitators (such as Amazon or eBay) responsible for collecting and remitting the taxes on sales that came through their marketplaces.

What changes can we expect to see this year? Keep reading for three predictions we believe are just around the corner.

3 Sales Tax Predictions For 2020
1. Smaller Retailers Will Depend On Marketplaces
As Greg Chapman, SVP of business development at Avalara explains, “We should expect traditional ecommerce providers to start working closely with marketplaces or offering more ‘Amazon-like’ experiences to stay relevant.”

The increase in online shopping coupled with confusing economic nexus laws make it even more appealing for very small businesses up to mid-sized companies to work with online marketplaces. In addition to facilitating sales in a process that’s more streamlined for customers, a lot of states have placed the burden of sales tax collection on the marketplace rather than the seller. This can greatly reduce the cost and risk of doing business online for companies struggling to navigate tricky taxability questions.
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Wisconsin And Wyoming State Sales And Use Tax

Aaron Giles

Wisconsin State Sales And Use Tax

The state of Wisconsin levies a 5% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. Local jurisdictions can impose additional sales taxes of 0.6%. The range of total sales tax rates within the state of Wisconsin is between 5% and 5.6%.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Wisconsin if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Wisconsin on or before the 20th day of February. For more information on Wisconsin sales tax exemptions please visit the sites shown below.
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Washington D.C. And Washington State Taxes

Aaron Giles

Washington DC Sales And Use Tax

The District of Columbia, Washington D.C., levies a 5.75% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. There are no additional local sales taxes in Washington D.C.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Washington D.C. if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the District of Columbia on or before February 20th.

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Virginia And West Virginia State Sales And Use Tax

Aaron Giles

Virginia State Sales And Use Tax

The state of Virginia levies a 4.3% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. All local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes of 1% to 1.7%, therefore the total sales tax rate within the state of Virginia could be as high as 6%.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Virginia if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Virginia on or before the 20th day of February.

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Utah And Vermont State Sales And Use Tax

Aaron Giles

The state of Utah levies a 4.65% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. Local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes ranging between 1.3% and 3.4%. The range of total sales tax rates within the state of Utah is between 5.9% and 8.1%.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Utah if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the last day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Utah on or before the last day of February.

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South Carolina And South Dakota Sales And Use Tax

South Carolina Sales And Use Tax

South Carolina State Sales And Use Tax

The state of South Carolina levies a 6% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. Local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes up to 2.5%. The range of total sales tax rates within the state of South Carolina is between 6% and 8.5%.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in South Carolina if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of South Carolina on or before the 20th day of February.

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Pennsylvania And Rhode Island State Sales And Use Tax

Pennsylvania Sales And Use Tax

The state of Pennsylvania levies a 6% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. Local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes up to 2%. The range of total sales tax rates within the state of Pennsylvania is between 6% and 8%.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Pennsylvania if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Pennsylvania on or before the 20th day of February.
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Ohio, Oklahoma Sales And Use Tax – Oregon Has No Sales And Use Tax

Aaron Giles - Ohio, Oklahoma And Oregon

Ohio State Sales And Use Tax

As of September 1, 2013, the state of Ohio levies a 5.75% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. Local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes ranging between 0.75% and 2.25%. The range of total sales tax rates within the state of Ohio is between 6.5% and 8%.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Ohio if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 23rd day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Ohio on or before the 23rd day of February.

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New York State, North Carolina And North Dakota Sales And Use Tax

Aaron Giles

New York State Sales And Use Tax

The state of New York levies a 4% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. Local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes up to 4.875%. The range of total sales tax rates within the state of New York is between 4% and 8.875%.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in New York if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of New York on or before the 20th day of February. 

New York State Department Of Taxation And Finance
New York State Sales And Use Tax Rules
New York State Sales Tax Forms

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Maine, Maryland And Massachusetts State Sales And Use Tax

Aaron Giles States Sales And Use Tax- Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts

Maine State Sales And Use Tax

The state of Maine increased its state sales tax rate to 5.5% on Oct. 1, 2013. Taxes are levied on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods. There are no local sales taxes in the state of Maine.

Use tax is due on all purchases brought into the state of Maine, unless specifically exempted. Use tax is due at the same rates as sales tax. Returns are to be filed on or before the 15th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Maine on or before February 15th.

For more information on Maine sales tax exemptions please visit the sites shown below.

Maine State Department of Revenue
Maine State Sales Tax Forms
Maine State Voluntary Disclosure Program

Maryland State Sales And Use Tax

The state of Maryland levies a 6% state sales tax rate on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods. There are no local sales taxes in the state of Maryland.

Use tax is due on all purchases brought into the state of Maryland, unless specifically exempted. Use tax is due at the same rate as sales tax. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Maryland on or before February 20th.

For more information on Maryland sales tax exemptions please visit the sites shown below.

Maryland State Comptroller
Maryland Sales And Use Tax Forms
Maryland State Business Tax Credits

Massachusetts State Sales And Use Tax

The state of Massachusetts levies a 6.25% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. There are no local sales taxes in the state of Massachusetts.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Massachusetts if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Massachusetts on or before February 20th.

For more information on Massachusetts sales tax exemptions please visit the sites shown below.

Massachusetts State Sales And Use Tax Guide

(This is part of the 50 States Sales And Use Tax Series)

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Tax Climate In Ohio – Aggressive On Technology Products For Sales Tax Purposes

Monika Milkes

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. It is the 34th largest state by area, the seventh most populous and the 10th most densely populated. Ohio is historically known as the “Buckeye State” after its Ohio Buckeye trees and Ohioans are also known as “Buckeyes.”

Much of Ohio features glaciated till plains, with an exceptionally flat area in the northwest being known as the Great Black Swamp. This glaciated region in the northwest and central part state is bordered to the east and southeast by a belt known as the glaciated Allegheny Plateau, and then the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau. Most of Ohio is of low relief, but the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau features rugged hills and forests.

Business Climate

Ohio’s geographic location has proven to be an asset for economic growth and expansion because Ohio links the Northeast to the Midwest, much cargo and business traffic passes through its borders along its well-developed highways. Its border with Lake Erie has numerous cargo ports.

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Sales Tax Issues Your Corporate Controller Needs To Know About

Sales And Use Tax

If your company is set up like most, the sales tax burden probably becomes yet another area piled onto the already busy plate of the corporate controller. This is especially true at small and middle market businesses. These organizations often don’t have a tax department that includes sales tax, so all accounting-related matters fall to the controller.

He or she is usually a financial accounting person and probably doesn’t enjoy dealing with tax anyway, but now they are stuck with trying to figure out the complications of sales tax. Unfortunately, due to the complicated nature of sales tax issues – especially now that the recent Wayfair case has complicated state-to-state commerce even more, the results could be costly for your business.

Can’t My CPA Firm Handle Sales Tax Too?

Although many businesses hire an outside CPA firm to assist with tax returns, these firms often don’t have the skill set to deal with sales tax matters beyond filing in-state returns. We find that many smaller CPA firms don’t specialize in sales tax consulting, which includes nexus (both physical presence and economic nexus), taxability of a company’s products (which may include digital goods), potential exposure analysis and more.

That said, the controller may think that the accounting firm has it taken care of (and vice versa). This is a dangerous position for the company, particularly as the states are also becoming more aggressive.

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