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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.

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.

Sales Tax Institute Book Club: Contagious Culture by Anese Cavanaugh

This month, the Sales Tax Institute read Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives which covers how to shape and revitalize company culture.

4 Things You Need to Know Before Selecting a Sales Tax Automation System

Selecting a sales tax automation system is a decision you need to get right the first time. Here are four things you need to know before choosing a system.

A Quarter Century of Sales Tax

A 25th Anniversary reflection by Diane Yetter. See where the Sales Tax Institute has been and where it is going!

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.

Three Years of South Dakota v. Wayfair: Audit Trends

Find out how the 2018 Wayfair decision created immediate and pressing obligations for companies with significant sales across large swathes of the United States, increasing audit risk for taxpayers.

Three Years of South Dakota v. Wayfair: Local Tax Issues

Learn why managing local taxes is such a large challenge for taxpayers post-Wayfair and about local efforts to simplify compliance. This is part 4 of our 5 part series on three years of the Wayfair decision.

Three Years of South Dakota v. Wayfair: Marketplace Nexus

Dive into how the sales tax landscape has changed for marketplace facilitators and sellers following South Dakota v. Wayfair. This is part 3 of our 5 part series on three years of the Wayfair decision.

Selling Abroad? July 1 Sales Tax Changes in Canada and the European Union You Should Know

Get the details on big changes effective in both Canada and the European Union as of July 1, 2021 to adapt and modernize tax regimes in light of the global e-commerce landscape.

Three Years of South Dakota v. Wayfair: The Cost of Compliance on Businesses

Learn how the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision has affected the cost of compliance for businesses. This is part 2 of our 5 part series on three years of the Wayfair decision.

Three Years of South Dakota v. Wayfair

Find out how the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision has changed the landscape for businesses over the past three years. Part 1 of 5.

Southwest Sales Tax Updates

What’s been happening in the Southwestern sales tax landscape lately? Let’s dig into some updates.

The Sales Tax Institute Book Club: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban

Last month, the Sales Tax Institute staff focused on improving our understanding of the injustices surrounding the lack of education for girls around the world by reading Malala.

Thinking Strategically About Sales Tax

Learn how to build a long-term sales tax strategy that accounts for key internal and external factors to improve efficiency and adaptability while reducing risk.

The Sales Tax Institute Book Club: Thanks for the Feedback

Last month, the Sales Tax Institute book club focused on learning the art and science of giving and receiving feedback by reading Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen.

Best Practices for Construction Contract Planning

Construction projects can be massive and overwhelming endeavors for property owners. The projects entail a slew of decisions and require clear and frequent communication with the project contractor.

Women to Watch in Sales Tax: A Celebration of Women in the Field

This article gives you a sneak peak into all the inspiring women we’ve had the chance to interview so far on our series Women to Watch in Sales Tax, check them out!

How States Will Use Sales Tax to Recover Lost Revenue from the Pandemic

Learn three sales tax trends states are turning to to expand their tax bases, bring in new taxpayers, and generate more revenue.

New to Selling Online? The Top 4 Considerations for Sales Tax

In the Internet age, the ability to make online sales is king. No matter if you’re a traditional brick and mortar store that decides to expand into online sales or a new ecommerce business, online sales offer an immense opportunity…

Post-Wayfair Remote Seller Nexus: What’s Going on in the Southeast?

Like the rest of the country, the Southeast region of the U.S. is not immune to the changes created by the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision. In fact, 2020 presented a slew of changes in the southeast that have big…

You’ve Been Notified of a Sales Tax Audit. Now What?

Being audited can be scary. But instead of feeling defenseless, there are steps you can take to manage the audit and take control of the process.

Top 3 Reasons to Participate in Streamlined Sales Tax

The Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Project/Agreement is the result of cooperative efforts across the states to simplify sales and use tax collection and administration for taxpayers and states alike to create more uniform sales and use tax systems. States that…

2020 Year in Review

Take a look at our 2020 Sales Tax Year in Review.