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We write The Sales Tax Institute blog to help keep you informed on all things sales tax and the profession. You will find articles about hot topics like nexus, detailed information on important legislation, and professional development insights to help you pave the path of your career.

Managing unclaimed property: Understanding dormancy periods, due diligence and escheatment

Dealing with unclaimed property can become an afterthought for companies whose focus on profits leads to decreasing prioritization of regulatory and customer-protection responsibilities.

The Colorado Retail Delivery Fee: An update two months after launch

The Colorado Retail Delivery Fee generated a great deal of confusion, frustration, and irritation for in-state and out-of-state retailers, sales tax professionals, and tax software companies during the race to be ready for the fee which was effective July 1, 2022.

Remote Sales Tax Audits: What to Expect and How to Handle Them

Gone are the days when an auditor would come take up temporary residence in your office space while they complete your company’s audit. Remote audits are the new reality. You will likely never meet your auditor face to face! More…

Sales Tax Institute Book Club: Red Notice by Bill Browder

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, its impact on the global economy, and the horrifying images on the evening news of violence against ordinary citizens in Ukraine led to this month’s selection of “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight for Justice” for the Sales Tax Institute Book Club.

Post-Wayfair Landscape in Puerto Rico for Remote Sellers

Let’s have a brief look at economic nexus in Puerto Rico and discuss some practical tips for negotiating the complexity of sales tax compliance on the Island.

Uniformity is Needed! Key Takeaways from U.S. Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Sales Tax Post-Wayfair

The U.S. Senate held a hearing to examine the impact of the Wayfair decision on small businesses and remote sellers. Solutions came from 5 witnesses, including Diane Yetter.

3 Things to Monitor for Sales Tax Economic Nexus to Stay Compliant

Every state (pending Missouri’s effective date of 1/1/23) with a sales tax has economic nexus requirements for remote out-of-state sellers following the 2018 South Dakota v. Wayfair decision. Economic nexus generally requires out-of-state sellers to register and collect and remit…

How to Advance Your Career in Sales Tax

Explore how you can advance your sales tax career through investing in yourself and your skills by gathering your resources or through an industry change.

Why Having a Trusted Sales Tax Advisor Is Vital to the Success of Modern-Day Business

State and local taxing authorities are aggressively ramping up their audit and enforcement activity seeking to catch businesses who are non-compliant with new and changing tax laws.

Sales Tax Institute Book Club: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This quarter, the Sales Tax Institute book club read The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business to find out all about it. Author Charles Duhigg dives into the science behind habit creation and reformation and provides tips and tricks to setting your habits straight individually and for organizations.

Service Providers: Don’t Assume You Are Always Tax-Free!

Service providers—especially in the professional services realm—can be quick to assume that their services are nontaxable and that they do not need to collect sales tax and remit sales tax on their sales of services.

Top Five Mistakes People Make with Sales Tax

In this article, we share the top five mistakes made when dealing with sales tax and ways to avoid them. Keep reading to prevent you and your company from costly sales tax mishaps!

3 Things E-Commerce Sellers Need to Know About Sales Tax

Learn three major sales tax issues every e-commerce business needs to understand: nexus, marketplace facilitator laws, and drop shipping.

5 Pieces of Advice from Women to Watch in Sales Tax

Watch memorable highlights from our Women to Watch in Sales Tax series and soak up the advice from five trailblazing women in sales tax.

Sales Tax Institute Book Club: Across That Bridge by John Lewis

The Sales Tax Institute Book Club most recently read a book that broadened our perspectives on law, politics, race, and social justice in the United States. In Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, politician…

4 Trending 2022 Sales Tax Issues

Professionals tasked with keeping their companies and clients sales tax compliant must be prepared to manage changes in the landscape in stride. With insight from four sales tax experts, we examine four 2022 sales tax trends you should know that could have big impacts on your operations.

Sales Tax Institute Book Club: Quiet by Susan Cain

In our most recent edition of the Sales Tax Institute Book Club, our staff all took part in some self-reflection of two particular personality styles: introversion and extroversion.

Service Providers: Are you Making This Big Sales Tax Mistake?

If you’re a service provider selling goods along with non-taxable services, you may be making one simple but big mistake that can create a sales tax burden for your business.

2021 Year in Review

From our 25th anniversary to three hold-out states passing Wayfair legislation – check out our 2021 sales tax year in review.

Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemptions: Making the Case

There are many opportunities to take advantage of sales tax exemptions in the manufacturing industry. Here are quick tips to uncover more and sometimes unexpected manufacturing exemptions for your company.

Meet Iryna Soares, Winner of the 2021 Sales Tax Nerd Award

The Sales Tax Nerd Award recognizes sales tax professionals who demonstrate a dedicated passion and commitment to the study and practice of sales tax.

How Home Rule States Have Responded to Wayfair

Let’s take a look at three of the primary home rule states that also have a state-wide sales tax—Alabama, Colorado, and Louisiana—to understand steps taken what remote out-of-state sellers can expect.

Don’t be spooked! Sales Tax on Halloween Items

Learn how sales tax applies to Halloween favorites like candy, costumes, and beloved jack-o-lanterns – with tips for consumers and retailers alike!

Western State Sales Tax Updates

Explore some important sales tax updates coming out of Western states so you can get caught up and make any changes as necessary to keep your company compliant.