Friday, March 30, 2012

Great Article: South Dakota Streamlined Sales Tax Certificate – NOT So Streamlined

Corner Cottage

from salestaxsupport and Silvia Aguirre

While the author beats up on South Dakota, to me this article reflects the general unwillingness of states, regulators and politicians to keep it simple.  Given just about any opportunity to complicate things, they will.  I love this quote from the article: "If two pages of instructions are needed, is this really a simplified form?"  Enjoy the article. 




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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Great Article: Weirdest Sales and Use Taxes

Burner Above

from Accounting Today

I enjoy reading about weird rules.  I've tripped across many of them in my time, but there's often a new one I haven't heard of.  Usually, there are also a few in the article that look strange to someone unfamiliar with sales and use taxes, but when you look a little closer, they really do make sense. Two items mentioned in this article, the watercraft rule and the flower in the candy rule,  are actually pretty standard and kind of make sense.  But there are some, like the hot air balloon rule, that I've not seen before.  And the belt buckle rule in Texas is truly strange. Enjoy the article.



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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Great Article: Amazon Taxes Are The REAL Hunger Games

Joust I
from Forbes and Robert W. Wood

A nice, concise explanation of why Amazon has not collected taxes in the past, why buyers still have to pay them, and what the states are doing about it.  Enjoy the article. 



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Monday, March 26, 2012

Great Article: Delaware’s No Sales Tax Torques Pennsylvania

National Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse

from Taxrates.com and Susan Mclain

Folks in Pennsylvania run over to Delaware to buy stuff tax free.  This must really bother the revenuers in PA.  But it's also a problem for MD, DC and possibly VA for the really big ticket stuff.  And New Hampshire - well, heck.  The southern end is practically a suburb of Boston.  And let's not even get started with southern Washington and Oregon. 

Plus, I gotta give props to any article where "torque" is used in the headline.  Enjoy the article. 




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Friday, March 23, 2012

Great Article: Sales Tax Exempt in Mississippi? A State with No Forms

The Punt

from salestaxsupport.com and Silvia Aguirre

When I first came across the Mississippi web site, I found it distressingly empty of the usual stuff, including forms.  While the article gives you advice about Mississippi, to me it shows the logic that applies anytime you find yourself in a similar situation where the state offers little guidance.  Punt.  Get as much as you can that will prove your point. Enjoy the article.



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