When One State’s Tax-Exempt Necessity Is Another’s High-Tax Discretionary Purchase

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Sales taxes empower governments to maintain critical public services, but they can also make medical essentials too expensive for those who need them. Campaigns against taxing obligatory items are spreading across the United States, forcing states to rethink their revenue generation decisions.

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How much tax is lost each year? #defi

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Building on my discussion yesterday about offshore tax havens and decentralisation to avoid governance in both the physical and virtual world, there’s a more fundamental issue at large here. Tax avoidance.

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A ‘Diaper’ By Any Other Tax Code: The Complexities Of Selling Across State Tax Laws

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Merchants aiming to sell nationwide must pay attention to how their goods are treated by each state’s tax code. Items considered as exempt medical necessities in some states may be taxed at high rates in others, and businesses cannot afford to be caught by surprise.

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Will eSports And Other Online Businesses Spike Digital Taxes?

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Historians and economists regularly look to tax policies to get a sense of what happened within a particular industry, society or country. No doubt the chronicles to come about the rise of the internet age and the spread of digital culture will include serious treatment of tax issues.

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Deep Dive: Anticipating The Post-Brexit eCommerce Tax Landscape

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Key international negotiations surrounding Brexit stand to reshape global eCommerce, including the kinds and amounts of taxes that online marketplaces will face. Tax Impact of a No-Deal Brexit . Plans also call for services that would enable tax payments via text or email.

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The Economic Case For Remote Sales Tax Uniformity

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Isaacson, a lawyer, Bowdoin College professor, senior partner at Brann & Isaacson and Data & Marketing Association tax counsel, argued Wayfair’s side in the precedent-setting Supreme Court case that has small businesses struggling. Remote Sales Tax Laws: Winners and Losers .

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Navigating The ‘Hot Mess’ Of Online Food Delivery Sales Tax

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In commerce, when it comes to taxes, new business models beget new (tax) problems. Against that backdrop, tax collection in the nascent restaurant delivery space remains fragmented at best — and confusing at worst. Over the Counter — and Into Murky Tax Waters.

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The (Un)Certainty Of eCommerce Sales Taxes

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The only certainties in life, the saying goes, are death and taxes. We’ll underscore the certainty of the latter — taxes — for eCommerce firms and sales taxes , especially. And yet, tax policy remains a bit of a patch quilt. Taxes, Local And Complex.

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How Sales Tax Complexities Shape eCommerce, Sellers’ Business Decisions

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Merchants must handle the sales tax compliance obligations of each locale from which they receive money if they want to sell online. The complexities of sales tax compliance affect business decisions by both sellers and marketplaces, according to Ted Hettich, chief sales officer at U.K.-headquartered

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What The Streamlined Sales And Use Tax Agreement Means After Wayfair

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Businesses depend on the public services tax revenues pay for: roads that facilitate deliveries, courts where firms resolve legal disputes and regulators that help protect businesses from fraud. Wayfair ruling have made tax compliance challenges highly visible.

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As Consumers Embrace eCommerce, Tax Complexity Grows

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The Supreme Court ruling has started the ball rolling for states and municipalities to tax eCommerce – specifically, out-of-state firms and online marketplaces. But there have already been disputes making their way through the courts, as detailed in the latest Next-Gen Sales Tax Tracker.

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The State-By-State Complexities Of Sales Tax Compliance

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Retailers that want to sell merchandise nationwide must pay attention to how each state’s tax code treats their goods. For example, products considered to be exempt medical necessities in some states might be taxed at high rates in others.

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Death And Taxes: One Is Becoming Much More Digital

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After the holiday season comes tax season — everyone’s favorite time — but at least the payment of taxes, along with the tax refund process, promises to become even more digital this year. And digital payers are striving to win more business from tax filers this year.

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French Government Institutes 3 Percent Digital Tax

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based internet companies, announcing Wednesday (March 6) the introduction of a digital tax that will impact companies including Google, Facebook, and Amazon. The tax is expected to yield France $565 million each year, reported CNBC. The French government is going after U.S.-based

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In South Korea, Treating (And Taxing) Crypto Gains As Income

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To get a better handle on crypto – and to boost government coffers, perhaps – change the tax designation (and rules, of course). Under rules governing “other income,” a 20 percent rate is levied on 40 percent of total other income; the remaining 60 percent can be tax-deductible.

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US Treasury: Taxes On Digital Companies Are Discriminatory

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Treasury official said a French tax plan targeting American digital companies is discriminatory against American businesses. After a European Union plan for tax reform fell apart, France, along with Britain, Italy and Spain, are moving forward with plans to tax companies like Google and Apple.

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Remote Seller Taxation: A Job For Tax Automation

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Wayfair Supreme Court decision continue to rattle online merchants, as three states (California, Louisiana and South Carolina) are now trying to collect eCommerce sales tax retroactively, as far back as five years. Next-Gen Sales Tax avalara ecommerce News regulation Retail sales tax

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Italy Sidesteps Sales Tax Hike With Levy On Digital Transactions

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Italy is preparing to tax digital companies to help fund its 2020 budget as it seeks different revenue streams to avoid a scheduled sales tax hike, sources told Reuters on Monday (Oct. The sales tax hike, estimated at $26 billion, was scheduled to start in January.

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Online Sales Tax’s ‘Pivotal,’ Post-Wayfair 2019 — And What Lies Ahead

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In an interview with PYMNTS, Liz Armbruester, senior vice president of Global Compliance at Avalara , said 2019 represented a watershed year for tax compliance as states embraced the economic nexus model and passed marketplace facilitator laws.

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US And France Reportedly Reach Digital Tax Deal

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have reached a deal to end the standoff over a French tax on big internet companies, The Hill reported. Macron also took to Twitter : “Some digital players pay very little tax. Earlier this year, France passed a law that would tax revenues earned on digital services at 3 percent.

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At Davos, Eyeing Sovereign Debt, Digital Taxes And Regulating AI

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Big Tech, too, of course, and digital taxes. And Digital Taxes. With a nod to digital taxes and trade disputes, the U.S. has suspended tariffs that would have been levied on French imports amid disagreements over digital taxes France imposed on Big Tech firms.

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Thailand to Tax Cryptocurrencies

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Taxes on cryptocurrency? According to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, after a cabinet meeting suggested that crypto traders could be charged with as much as 7% value added tax as well as up to 15% tax on capital gains. Taxing cryptocurrency is a way for […].

EU Will Not Implement Digital Tax, Agrees To Internet Tax Reform

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The European Union has announced that it will not move forward with a digital tax plan covering the entire EU, but also said it would look at reforming tax laws for internet companies, according to a report from Reuters.

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France Agrees To Postpone Big Tech Tax After US Threatens Tariffs

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France will postpone payment requirements on its newly levied digital services tax aimed at large tech companies like Facebook and Google due to a dispute with the U.S. officials threatened to tack on tariffs to some French goods over the tax.

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 Do New Taxes Loom For Big Tech?

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Will Big Tech face bigger tax bills on an international stage? Beyond the debates on data privacy and compliance, marquee names in technology face greater scrutiny from various governments, and perhaps bigger tax bills, too.

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Deep Dive: How Not To Lose A Bundle On Bundled Taxes

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Merchants’ marketing departments may find bundling useful, but their accountants are less likely to see it positively — determining individual items’ tax obligations in the different states into which they are sold can be challenging, and putting offerings into bundles only magnifies complexities.

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Xero Targets Taxes With Instafile Acquisition

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Cloud accounting software firm Xero is broadening its reach in the small business tax filing space through an acquisition of Instafile. based Instafile to integrate its cloud-based tax preparation and filing solution.

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California Expects IPO Tax Windfall

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California is gearing up to get a tax windfall from all the initial public offerings of California companies slated for this year. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal , close to 10 percent of the tax revenue for the state in the coming fiscal year will come from capital gains. The paper noted the revenue from taxes could grow even more as companies and executives tap the public markets to cash in. billion in tax revenue.

NRF On The Case For Revising eCommerce Sales Tax Laws

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Wayfair ruling gave states and cities permission to tax remote sellers and online marketplaces based on their economic participation in the state, regardless of whether they had physical presences. Around The Next-Gen Sales Tax Worl d. online tax landscape.

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KPMG Debuts SMB Accounting, Tax Platform

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KPMG is taking further steps into the small business financial services world with a new tax and accounting solution for SMBs, the company announced Thursday (Dec. KPMG’s latest launch is timely, considering the upcoming tax season as well as the latest tax law overhauls in the U.S.

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France Moving Forward With Big Tech Taxes

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Despite President Donald Trump’s recent threats, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that his country is moving forward with taxing big tech firms. It’s in our interest to have a fair digital tax,” Le Maire told reporters, according to Reuters.

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Report: The Risky Business Of Navigating Online Sales Tax For Merchants

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Merchants working to expand and sell online in more markets must comply with each market’s local sales tax regulations, however, and that is an increasingly complicated task. Levy laws can vary widely between states, with one state taxing a product that another does not, for example.

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Who Pays A Higher Price For Online Sales Tax?

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Wayfair case that allowed states and individual cities to launch tax policies aimed at remote sellers and marketplaces is still reverberating in 2019 and will likely affect online retail in 2020. In Q3 2019, 14 states started collected online sales tax and 11 more followed in October.

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Israel to Tax Cryptocurrencies

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Israel is going to put a tax on cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, regulators in the country said yesterday. According to a circular by Israel Tax Authority yesterday, the government said it looks at cryptocurrencies as a property rather than a currency, and therefore it will be taxable.

Cannabis Cos’ $4.7B In Cash-Based Taxes Overwhelm IRS

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million to a Virginia company to handle “large cash payments for processing cannabis federal taxes.”. billion in taxes last year on nearly $13 billion in revenue from legal cannabis companies. That means the companies are dealing exclusively in cash, even when paying their taxes.

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NJ: Uber Owes $650M In Taxes After Misclassifying Drivers

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New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development claims that Uber owes the state around $650 million in unemployment and disability insurance taxes because it has been wrongly classifying its drivers as independent contractors. The department recently sent letters to Uber and its subsidiary Rasier, informing the companies that they owe $523 million in past-due taxes over the last four years, as well as $119 million in interest and penalties on the money owed. “We

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Indonesia Reduces Import Tax Threshold To Protect Smaller Firms

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Indonesia has announced it’s going to reduce the threshold for taxing imported eCommerce consumer goods from $75 to $3, to help control the purchases of cheap foreign goods and help protect smaller Indonesian firms, according to a report by Reuters. They’ll be taxed at a rate of 32.5

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Aussie Tax Reg: Cash-Only SMBs Dodging Taxes

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The Australian government is preparing a strategy to combat tax dodging among small businesses amounting to an estimated $11 billion in missing tax payments, News.com.au For the 2015-16 tax year, the ATO said the small business tax gap stood at 12.5

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Trending: Close But No Cigar? What Local Sales Tax Laws Mean For Tobacco eSellers

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Countries around the globe are launching new digital sales taxes in efforts to improve their revenue streams and create more balanced business environments for domestic brick-and-mortars and foreign eCommerce marketplaces. Around the Next-Gen Sales Tax world.

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Digital Taxes, Big Tech In Regulatory Focus As 2020 Dawns

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As 2020 dawns, regulators are continuing to focus on taxes and possible anti-competitive behavior on the part of tech’s marquee names. Taxes. One continuing theme that will play out into the new year (and well beyond): taxes. The tax took effect at the beginning of this year.

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Procure-To-Pay’s Tax Conundrum

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“Over the past few years, governments have begun using Big Data and technology to digitize existing and new tax regulations in an attempt to reduce value-added tax (VAT), and sales- and use-tax gaps,” he told PYMNTS in a recent interview.

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Thailand Govt Eyes Blockchain To Track Taxes

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As the saying goes, nothing in life is certain but death and taxes. To be certain of taxes, will blockchain seal the deal? Last week, Thailand’s Revenue Department was reported to be bringing blockchain projects into the fold to track tax payments, aided by machine learning.

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Tax Reform Shows Early Signs Of SMB Bank Lending Impact

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tax reform led to much chatter and some confusion about exactly how changes would impact the nation’s small businesses (SMBs). However, the impact of the tax reform on the small business community is not clear, particularly so soon after the reform came into effect.

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