Sales Tax Compliance
You might think it would be easy enough to look up this information, but nothing about taxes is that easy. You can research the tax rate in other states, but some counties, cities, towns and other jurisdictions levy another tax on top of the state tax that you must also collect.
Additionally, you need a reliable source to provide the information to you, because if it is out of date, you will open yourself up to possible fines from the IRS. Your goal is achieve 100% sales tax compliance every quarter. What is the best way to do that?
The Difference Between Sales & Use Taxes
Being a business owner doesn’t always prepare you for creating sales tax reports or filing sales tax returns. Before you started your business, you may never have heard of use tax. Most people are familiar with sales tax, since they have to pay it whenever they buy items, whether in a store or online. For this reason, you are likely familiar with the tax rate in your state, and maybe a neighboring state or two as well if they are close enough.
When you buy an item in state, the seller collects the sales tax from you and gives it to the state. But with ecommerce, businesses often sell items to customers in other states, and that’s when the use tax comes in. As a business owner, you must charge your customer the tax rate in the state where they live, not the state where you do business. But what is the correct rate?
SalesTaxSolutions.US offers customers what we call a “Quick Rate,” which allows you to check with us on current tax rates anywhere in the U.S. Our rates are guaranteed to be up to date, and they cover not just the state, but the jurisdiction as well.
You can contact us with a single question, or if you run a busy ecommerce business, you may prefer our monthly or quarterly subscription service. Regardless of whether you’re a subscriber or a single-use customer, you’ll get an answer from us usually within one business day.
Rely on SalesTaxSolutions.US for the tax answers to need to achieve sales tax compliance.
Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
What is the filing deadline?
Each jurisdiction has different deadlines. Some returns are due monthly, quarterly, semi-annualy, or annually.
Can I get an extension?
Some states do offer extensions for returns, but not all. Depending on your situation you may qualify for an installment plan.
What if I don't know where I need to file?
We can help you figure it out. Send us a message or give us a call to get started.
I received a delinquency notice from a state. What should I do?
Depending on the notice, you may need to file back returns with that state. We offer notice handling services, contact us to get started.
What if I don't want to eFile my returns?
Most states require electronic filing now. It is the most convenient and fastest way to file.
Can I file my return myself?
Our services are offered individually so you may choose to have us complete a nexus determination and register accounts, but not file returns. That is ultimately up to you. We understand each business has different resources and business needs. We’ll work with you to create a custom plan to meet those needs.
What do I need to get started?
To get started you will need to send us a message detailing your business needs. After that, your tax preparer will walk you through the next steps.
Can I setup a meeting with my tax preparer?
Absolutely! Meetings are included with our services. We can do video meetings or phone calls, whichever is most convenient to you.
Contact us to create your custom plan