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Unclaimed Property: What Tax Professionals Need to Know

As someone who is responsible for handling sales tax, you may assume that unclaimed property doesn’t fall under your purview. This is a dangerous assumption, considering that your company may be expecting you to stay on top of unclaimed property reporting and compliance.


Unfortunately, you may not have received training on unclaimed property and don’t

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The 5 Keys to Saving Time and Money on Tax Research

With 47 states that each have their own unique laws governing sales and use taxes, keeping on top of your sales tax rules and requirements on a state-by-state basis is a daunting task even for seasoned sales tax professionals.


But conducting tax research is frequently handled by less senior employees in the tax department. And I’ve seen in many cases that senior

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New Tax Amnesty Opportunity for Online Sellers

It has been a crazy busy week here! The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) just announced its Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. The initiative is a limited-time sales/use tax and income/franchise tax amnesty program for online sellers which will run from August 17 to October 17, 2017. During this period, online sellers with potential tax liability may be able to use the

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Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax – What’s so Hard about It???

As a Chicago and Cook County, IL resident, the sweetened beverage debate hits home for me.  I don’t drink much soda any more – but do enjoy other sweetened beverages – namely fruit juices.  And an occasional margarita.  And yes – these will be subject to the new tax.


A little history on the tax.  On November 10, 2016, the Cook County Board of

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Software Exemptions That You Might Not Think Of

Figuring out how sales and use tax applies to software purchases can be very tricky. There are so many factors that can determine whether the purchase is taxable or exempt. How is the item characterized? How was it delivered – in physical form, electronically or remotely accessed? And you need to realize that every state taxes software transactions in their own unique way – no two

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