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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.

How Sales Tax on Construction Works for Buyers and Sellers

Sales and use taxation of construction and real property transactions can be an area of great complexity that affects more than just contractors. Whether you’re a tax professional who works for a construction company or for a business that enters…

Giving Thanks to this Monumental Sales Tax Year

We give thanks to every member of the Sales Tax Institute circle who was a part of this momentous year in sales tax.

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.

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and the Future of Tax Automation

AI and bots will change the way sales tax professionals operate on a daily basis. Learn what to expect in the future from these new technologies and ways to get ahead of the curve.

3 Ways that SD v. Wayfair Will Impact Retailers (And What To Do About It)

In a post-Wayfair world, retailers need to be aware of the impact this court decision can have on their operations. Here are three ways that Wayfair will impact retailers and what to do about it.

Passion and Intrigue

What two things can help you succeed the most? Most people think it is intelligence and connections. And yes, those are important, but I would argue that the two most important are passion and intrigue.

Sales Tax for Services: Side by Side Invoice Comparison

In this mini-training, Diane Yetter compares two differently formatted invoices for the same transaction to demonstrate the importance of invoice presentation for the taxability of the services you’re providing. Wording your invoice in a certain way can increase your taxability.…

Case Study: How Local Taxes Can Impact Small Businesses

There is a crucially important topic when it comes to sales tax compliance that most don’t properly consider: local sales and use tax.

Back to School for Tax Professionals Too

It’s back-to-school time for students everywhere, but this time of year provides the perfect opportunity for us as professionals to think about continuing our education and professional growth as well.

5 Data Points You Must Measure to Win at Sales and Use Tax Administration

In this blog post, we outline some of the key categories and pieces of data you’ll need to manage the sales tax administration process.

Sales Tax Holiday Season is Here

With sales tax holiday season right around the corner, now is a good time to look at how sales tax holidays work and examine the different types of holidays that states offer.

South Dakota v. Wayfair is Decided: What Does It Mean for You?

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case. For those of us in the sales tax field, this decision is as big as it gets.

SD v Wayfair: The Decision – Day 1 Analysis with Diane Yetter

Diane Yetter debriefs the momentous Supreme Court decision, South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court. She breaks down what the decision means for businesses and shares her initial reactions during a live Q&A session.

Midwest State Tax Updates You May Have Missed

In sales tax, legislative updates and law changes are a constant. It is virtually impossible to keep up with all of the changes taking place in the states where you conduct business, especially if there are more than one. But…

Basics of Sales and Use Tax by the Numbers

Discover how Basics of Sales and Use Tax has helped people work faster, smarter, and more accurately and realize the number of career options in sales tax.

Are You a Target for a Use Tax Audit?

Keeping track of and remitting use tax: it’s one of those items that can get pushed far down the list of priorities and disregarded. But it should not be!

Product Classification for Sales Tax: Are You Doing It Right?

For sellers and purchasers, understanding the proper classification of products and services keeps you compliant for sales tax purposes (very important come audit time) and can lead to time and cost savings.

South Dakota v. Wayfair Analysis & Predictions: Sales Tax Experts Weigh-In

Sales tax experts lend their insight into and predictions for one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding sales tax in decades, South Dakota v. Wayfair.

Why Your Business Needs an Automated Sales Tax System

Would your business benefit from implementing an automated sales tax system? This blog post details some key items you should take into consideration when making this decision.

South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court Experience

Diane Yetter shares her experience visiting the Supreme Court for the biggest sales tax case in decades, South Dakota v. Wayfair.

How to Advance Your Tax Career – Top Negotiation and Promotion Tips

Negotiating with your boss about a promotion, access to more resources, or a pay raise can be daunting. Here are some tips for tax pros to take their careers to the next level.

Spring Into New Learning Opportunities

This spring, our live webinars include a 2-part series covering some critical sales tax topics as well as a new regionally focused webinar that we are excited to be offering.

Surprising Tax Facts About Doing Business in Canada

Canada’s tax system operates in a very different fashion from the U.S. There are many reasons why taxpayers need to understand these differences and how Canada operates in regard to taxes.

Jack of All Trades vs. Specialist: Choose the Best Path for Your Career

Is becoming an expert in one area preferable to becoming a jack of all trades competent in many areas?