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Avalara is one of the industry partners we utilize to support the development of well integrated eCommerce sites. Avalara’s AvaTax is the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way to handle sales tax compliance. AvaTax calculates rates based on 100,000+ taxability rules and 11,000+ jurisdictions, and provides seamless integration into the Avalara Ecosystem with over 100 ERP, accounting, e-commerce and retail POS systems pre-built and ready to use. Sales tax is hard. AvaTax™ makes it easy.

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Happy Fiscal New Year: July 2016 Sales Tax Changes

Posted by Avalara

July 18, 2016 | 10:30 AM

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." – Winston Churchill 

Following Churchill’s logic, sales tax rates, rules, and regulations must be the very embodiment of perfection. Boy, do they change.

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Topics: Sales tax

The Fine Art of Sales Tax, and Vice Versa

Posted by Avalara

July 6, 2016 | 10:30 AM

In 2015, fine art sales amounted to a whopping $63.8 billion. While this is nearly 5 billion dollars less than the art market’s all-time high in 2014, visual art is still a big business. 

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Topics: Avalara, Sales tax

What's the Deal With "Sometimes Taxable"?

Posted by Avalara

April 11, 2016 | 10:30 AM

sometimes_taxable.pngJust when you thought you had a handle on the rules for taxing goods and services, you come face to face with the new compliance bully on the block: “sometimes taxable.” Businesses must correctly deal with these sometimes-exempt and sometimes-subject-to-sales-tax products and services or suffer the consequences. Knowing when tax applies to “sometimes taxable” goods and services is essential to successful tax compliance – but it’s not always so easy to discern.

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Topics: Guest Blog, Avalara

2016 Sales Tax Changes: What to Expect in the New Year

Posted by Avalara

January 25, 2016 | 10:50 AM

Like every New Year, 2016 will bring many sales tax changes. Rates will decrease or increase, there’ll be new product taxability rules, exemptions will expire or take effect, and there will be reporting changes. The only thing certain when it comes to sales tax is that change happens. And it often happens without much warning.

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Topics: Guest Blog, Avalara

Be a Savvy Seller in 2016

Posted by Avalara

December 21, 2015 | 11:46 AM

What does it take to be a savvy seller in 2016? Be smart about social media, be open to apps, and offer your clients the best checkout experience possible.

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Topics: eCommerce, Guest Blog

Let's Talk Turkey...And Sales Tax

Posted by Avalara

November 25, 2015 | 1:05 PM

avalara-turkey-tax-linkedin.jpgTurkey and taxes. The U.S. has a long history of both. And in 2010, the two converged in Virginia as part of an annual Thanksgiving tradition where tribal and state leaders pay homage to a more than 330-year-old treaty: then-governor Bob McDonnell was presented with a turkey (and two deer) by tribal chiefs in lieu of taxes. Unfortunately, paying taxes in trade doesn’t work for most of us. Depending on where and how you celebrate this year, your Thanksgiving feast could be served up with a side of sales tax.

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Topics: eCommerce

Pumpkins, Piercings, and the Paranormal: 10 Scary Ways States Apply Sales Tax

Posted by Avalara

October 21, 2015 | 11:42 AM

Bwaahahaha! Is that the ghostly laugh of a Halloween haunt — or the auditor reviewing your sales tax returns? Dealing with sales tax can be a ghoulish task. And for businesses with compliance obligations in multiple states, it can be frighteningly difficult to know which rules apply.

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Topics: eCommerce, Guest Blog

Will it be Happy Holidays for Retailers this Year?

Posted by Avalara

September 21, 2015 | 11:25 AM

November and December are no “ho-ho-ho” laughing matter for retailers. Seasonal shopping is serious business. Nearly 20% of total retail sales occur during this period. But shopping trends are a lot like fashion trends; what was hot last year may not be now. Here’s a closer look at some key takeaways from 2014 as well as a “nice list” for what retailers can do this year to keep customers happy and keep them spending.

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Topics: eCommerce, Guest Blog

Time to Go Back to School on Sales Tax

Posted by Avalara

August 24, 2015 | 12:06 PM

August is traditionally a big sales month for retailers who reap revenue from back-to-school shoppers. To help out local businesses and encourage consumer spending, several states provide sales tax holidays on essential items like clothing and supplies. Yet, despite being the second biggest retail event of the year, and with 17 states on board in 2015, sales tax holidays aren’t always an easy sell.

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Topics: eCommerce, Guest Blog

Ohio Sales Tax Holiday, August 2015

Posted by Avalara

July 27, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Repost from TaxRates.com

Ohio’s Streamlined Sales Tax Taxability Matrix has been updated to reflect the 2015 sales tax holiday.

Ohio will provide for a three-day sales tax holiday in August 2015 – a one-time event. It is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7 and it will conclude on Sunday, August 9 at 11:59.

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Topics: eCommerce, Guest Blog

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