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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.

Key Sales Tax Updates Affecting the Northeast

No region of the United States is immune from sales tax updates… Regions across the U.S. experience a continuous stream of sales tax updates each and every week. The Northeast is no exception. One of the biggest challenges sales tax…

2022 Year in Review

From our very own Diane Yetter testifying for the United States Senate Committee on Finance to all 50 states enacting economic nexus laws, 2022 has been an exciting year!

Taxing Digital Goods and Services: Recent Shifts and Trends

Let’s take a look at recent legislation states have put on the books and delve into new trends in digital goods and what to watch for in our virtual-driven world.

Meet Nancy Steele, Winner of the 2022 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.

Business License Compliance: The Oft-Forgotten Registration

There are 55 states and territories, 3,000 counties and parishes, approximately 35,000 local municipalities, and special purpose districts that all have their own rules regarding business licenses, permits, and registrations. Here\’s how to handle it…

B.J. Pritchett: Celebrating a Career in Sales Tax

Sometimes we are lucky enough to have someone come into our life that changes it forever. And then this has a ripple effect and changes so many others. B.J. Pritchett is this person for me. I met B.J. when we…

Sales Tax 101: Determining When Sales Tax Applies

This blog details key items in understanding when a sale is taxable or exempt and what you need to know to ensure that an exemption can be claimed.

Score New Wins at Work with a Network of Sales Tax Allies

Are you starting to come back into the office? Or maybe you are also starting to attend in person conferences – in either case, it is time to revisit the value of networking!

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.