The Internet is a powerful tool allowing many small to midsize sellers to dramatically expand their geographic footprint while in theory allowing them to increase sales and reduce costs. Unfortunately, e-commerce sellers have several minefields they must traverse with sales tax being one where the states seem to keep moving the mines without telling anyone. Am I required to collect sales tax - and if so when and where? Those are questions I hear repeatedly - and they are posed by both small sellers and large sellers - selling through a marketplace like Amazon or eBay - or on a stand-alone website. And the question is not only posed by those selling tangible products, digital products and software, but also by those selling services. In this blog we will help you determine those answers and keep you abreast of the ever-changing landscape.This "Small Business E-Commerce" (or On-Line Sellers) category is intended as a resource for smaller e-commerce operations - ranging from small companies with a limited e-commerce presence - through to independent, on-line sellers who do nothing but e-commerce sales. Regardless of business profile or size, all e-commerce sellers have the same sales tax regulatory requirements as larger companies. However, they often have less tax experience - and fewer compliance resources at their disposal. This blog will provide practical guidance to help smaller e-commerce operations understand sales tax obligations and stay compliant with minimal effort and cost.
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