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new sales tax rules info from Manta

new sales tax rule is being enacted in over half the states in the nation. This brief guide explains the basics of economic nexus laws, provides resources to help keep your company compliant and considers how the law may benefit local businesses.

Just when you thought business taxes couldn’t get more complicated, an increasing number of states are implementing new sales and use tax laws for remote sellers. Under new economic nexus laws, if your company sells goods and services online or does substantial business in states with economic nexus laws on the books, you may be responsible for charging sales taxes based on your activity.

What is economic nexus?

Economic nexus imposes a sales tax collection requirement on remote businesses with significant sales, but no physical presence, in the state. These remote sellers are often online retailers or ecommerce companies doing business in states that have recently passed legislation taxing sales by out-of-state companies.

What triggered these new tax laws?

Though the new sales tax laws may come as a surprise to some business owners, economic nexus has been brewing for years as states have sought to capture sales tax revenue from ever-increasing ecommerce sales. In June 2018, in its ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States overturned a long-standing precedent that only businesses with a physical presence in a state were obligated to collect and remit state sales tax.

“Now economic activity in a state — economic nexus — can trigger a sales tax collection obligation. Economic nexus is based entirely on sales revenue, transaction volume or a combination of both,” according to analysis of the new economic nexus laws by Avalara, a tax compliance software and services provider.

Leveling the playing field for local retailers

On the plus side, economic nexus may actually level the playing field for small businesses. Many internet-based retailers have been able to avoid charging the state and local sales taxes that local retailers in each individual state with sales tax laws are required to collect and submit — until this ruling.

In its Wayfair decision, the Supreme Court reversed the sales tax precedent upheld in the 1992 decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. The Quill decision required physical presence as a condition for charging sales tax in a given state. In Wayfair, South Dakota argued that the physical presence requirement provided an unfair advantage to ecommerce businesses with significant sales but not physical presence in the state.

Prior to the Wayfair decision, Internet-based sales companies were able to access state markets across the nation without meeting the same sales tax obligations with which local sellers were obligated to comply. This advantage has become more pronounced as ecommerce retailers gained market share over a state’s smaller local retailers.

“The Internet’s prevalence and power have changed the dynamics of the national economy. In 1992, mail-order sales in the United States totaled $180 billion,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in the Wayfair decision. “Last year, e-commerce retail sales alone were estimated at $453.5 billion.”

If your company makes online sales across the country, it will benefit you to be proactive in planning how you will meet expanding sales tax obligations under new state economic nexus laws.

 Does my company need to collect and remit sales tax under state economic nexus laws?

By early 2019, almost 30  states will require remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax. To date, these states include:

New Jersey
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Does my business meet the economic nexus sales tax thresholds?

Economic nexus laws don’t only affect large internet retailers. Many states sales tax economic nexus policies have a threshold of 200 transactions or $100,000 in sales in the current or previous calendar year. That means they can apply to many small to medium-sized businesses.

Staying on top of your company’s sales tax obligations under expanding state economic nexus policies is a massive undertaking, given that each state has its own laws and tax remittance procedures. Online retailers and remote sales companies doing business in any of these states should research their tax obligations under the new laws. Click here for Avalara’s complete list of economic nexus states and their sales thresholds.

How to manage sales tax

The penalties — and the headaches — are too great to make a mistake when it comes to calculating your sales tax obligations under economic nexus policies in multiple states. As is often the solution for busy small business owners, it’s a good idea to seek out products and services that help you delegate or automate your sales tax filing.

Automated tax solution providers like Avalara provide a suite of products that can make managing your tax obligation a breeze. For example, if your company is obligated to collect and remit sales taxes in multiple states, Avalara’s programs can help you determine the states in which your company is obligated to charge taxes. From there, you can register automatically in each state. Avalara provides business bookkeepers with the correct forms and automates filings so that all of the applicable deadlines are met.

If you don’t have the resources to hire a full-time controller or an accounting firm, software suites like Avalara’s can help you keep your business compliant.

To learn more about automating your business and sales tax obligations through Avalara, click here or contact trustfile@avalara.com

How Safe Are Your Backups?

It may seem silly to wonder how safe your backups are; backups are rarely thought of as being at risk. It stems back to a time when backups were on tape—a medium that would be tough for even skilled developers to hack. But today’s backups are stored (whether on-premises or in the cloud) on disk or, more specifically, as files in a file system. Depending on how accessible that file system is, your backups may be vulnerable.

In fact, they could be at risk for ransomware. If cybercriminals can encrypt your backup files, you’d pretty much have to pay the ransom, no matter how high

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Why on-sight servers are going the way of the DODO Bird

Learn why many organizations are leveraging forward-looking best practices from the experts at our vendors to help them transition to an ITaaS structure. This guide examines the critical business and technology practices enabling ITaaS, from using flexible IT partner resources, ITIL features, operations service practices, to funding infrastructure as a service. 877 208 0021 prs@auaus.net

Does your phone system have 250,000 miles on it?

What is the worst that can happen if you keep you premise based phone and IT system?

My company has been in the telecom business since in 1974. Premise based systems were the only show in town. You had all the equipment on-site and you had to set side real ester to for
these systems, and supply local power and surge protection
According to Frost and Sullivan 90% of all new telecom systems will be Cloud Based in 2020.

You can keep your current system however;
• Your vendor can enter bankruptcy or be purchased by a competitor that may or may not support future software upgrades.
• You can continue investing in parts and service contracts for system that will one day be obsolete.
• The next time you have a power surge, or a power failure and a component fail, you will be spending money essentially on a car with 250,000 miles on it.
• Avaya is bankrupt, Toshiba is gone, Shortel was purchased. Asatru was purchased, and phone systems were discontinued. Is NEC next?
• What system do you have? What is the future of your system?

With a Cloud based systems phones calls are free, you can have an upgrade every three years. There is no equipment onsite to deal with. Your cell phone can become an extension of your desk phone. Your tablet has access to all your files.

Telecom and IT Services

Is Shoretel going to be the right choice down the road

For over 30 years we have provided advances telecom and IT solutions to business like yours. Now with the advent of the “CLOUD” we can provide these solutions with no CAPEX, and for the most part at lower monthly cost then you now have. Additionally, 95% of the time our fees are paid by our indirect channel partners, such as AT&T, Cisco, Verizon, Alteva, EvolveIP, and over 50 other Telecom, and IT partners. There is no fee to you.
At the very least we can consolidate your POTS lines to secure a discount and provide one bill for all your lines.
Contingency Auditing

Our contingency auditing services review telecom bills, utility bills, workers’ comp. and many other everyday bills you pay. We secure refunds and future savings in most of our bill reviews. If we find no refunds or errors, you will at a minimum know that your bills are correct, and we will not bill you. I would like to set up a brief meeting to discuss how we may help you, or sometime in the future. Give us a call to see if we can be of help.

Voice Mail tips

Not sure why but some VM users don’t record ;
1 a personal greeting
2 Providing a bypass digit
When I call a co. and ask for Pete and I get ext number 123… I am not sure if I have the correct V.M.. Also instead of a caller having to listen to you entire message, most systems have a bypass digit, mine is 1. that brings them to the record message spot ……… much more friendly to the caller. Try it