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February 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Amazon Reaches Deal with Connecticut

Retailer will start collecting sales tax in November.

Amazon buyers in Connecticut will have to pay sales tax, just like brick-and-mortar shoppers starting this fall. That’s part of a deal the state reached with the retail giant on Monday. It provides that Amazon will collect sales tax from Connecticut residents starting Nov. Read More

December 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Amazon to Collect Online Sales Tax in Massachusetts

Change takes effect Nov. 1, 2013. will begin collecting online sales tax from Massachusetts residents next year. Officials made the announcement today, noting that the retail giant will start collecting Massachusetts’ 6.25-percent sales tax from residents on Nov.1. The deal is expected to bring in revenue “in the lower tens of millions of dollars,” according to The Associated Press. Read More

August 6, 2012 · 10 Comments

Internet Sales Tax: Are You a Remote Seller?

Defining the difference between remote sellers and in-state sellers

As an online retailer, you have probably heard the term “remote seller” being used in various media outlets to explain online retailers in general. However, I think this term creates a lot of confusion with small-business owners who make their living selling online via the various marketplace sites (e.g., eBay, Amazon, etc.). Read More

July 25, 2012 · No comments

eBay Speaks Out Against Internet Sales Tax Bill

Official says Marketplace Equity Act needs greater protections for small sellers.

eBay reiterated its concerns about the Marketplace Equity Act—formerly known as the Marketplace Fairness Act—in response to a judiciary committee meeting on Tuesday that discussed the Internet sales tax bill. eBay says the bill, which would require online merchants in up to 9,600 tax jurisdictions to collect and pay sales tax, does not provide enough protections for small businesses. Read More

July 24, 2012 · 20 Comments

Internet Sales Tax: Romney or Obama?

Which 2012 candidate for U.S. presidency will be better for online sellers?

You may already know who you will vote for in the U.S. presidential election this November. That decision is probably based on which candidate—Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama—you think will be best for the country, and for you as a citizen of this great nation. Read More

July 2, 2012 · No comments

Amazon Begins Collecting Texas Internet Sales Tax

Retailer had deals in place to collect online sales tax for 13 states.

Sunday wasn’t just the first day of July; it was the first day Amazon had to begin collecting Internet sales tax from Texas residents. The July 1 date was part of a tax deal Amazon reached with Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in late April. Read More

June 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

WI Residents Support Online Sales Tax

Nearly two-thirds say paying tax at time of purchase would be easier.

Buyers in Wisconsin would be OK with paying online sales tax, according to a recent survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The survey finds that 72 percent of respondents think it would be easier to pay online sales tax for items when they buy, instead of waiting until the end of the year to report their purchases to the state. Read More

May 31, 2012 · No comments

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in New Jersey

Online retailer will build two sites in the state next year.

Amazon will collect online sales tax on purchases in New Jersey starting next year. In a joint announcement Wednesday, officials said that “after months of hard work and cooperation” of Amazon, state government and legislators, Amazon agreed to begin collecting and remitting online sales tax in New Jersey by July 1, 2013. Read More

May 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

NRF Launches Sales Tax Campaign

The 60-day movement aims to close an online tax loophole.

The National Retail Federation has launched a nationwide, 60-day campaign to raise awareness about the effect of a law that allows online sales to go untaxed. “Our current sales tax system unfairly favors one set of retailers over another,” says Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the NRF. Read More

May 22, 2012 · 27 Comments

Online Sales Tax: Whose Side Are You On?

eBay and Amazon each have a stake in this issue—and very different opinions.

Lately, one of the biggest discussions among e-commerce merchants is the topic of collecting sales tax for online purchases. In fact, if you Google the phrase “sales tax law,” you’ll get more than 291 million results. Most e-commerce business folks have been registered in their own states and collecting online sales tax since they became business owners. Read More

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