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    Georgia to Require Online Retailers to Collect and Remit Sales Tax

    Posted on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 @ 11:21 AM

    We offer SureTax® eCommerce, a cloud based, real-time ecommerce tax calculation solution - so we keep an interested eye on the latest state "Amazon Tax" laws.

    In an effort to collect tax from online retailers, states continue to pass Amazon Laws.  Georgia, our home state, is now requiring online retailers to collect and report sales tax.  Georgia's new Amazon Law went into effect Jan. 1 and affects online stores that don’t have a store or a warehouse in the state, but use ads on Georgia-based websites as a gateway to their own sites.

    This law is targeted towards Amazon and others.  Amazon is expect to pull ads from sites that meet this requirement.

    With an increasing number of Amazon Laws in place, and the Main Street/Marketplace Fairness Acts on the horizon, online retailers should have a strategy in place for calculating, collecting and remitting sales tax. 
    Contact us if you need help developing your online sales tax compliance solution.

    You can read more here: Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

    Tags: tax calculation, ecommerce, Sales tax, Amazon Laws

    Mainstreet Fairness Act Focuses Need for Online Tax Calculation for eCommerce

    Posted on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 @ 02:47 PM

    SureTax provides real time tax calculation solutions for eCommerce, so we were interested to find this item about the Mainstreet Fairness Act.

    The Mainstreet Fairness Act may come up for a vote quickly.  The Mainstreet Fairness Act would require online retailers to collect sales tax just like brick and mortar stores do.

    The Mainstreet Fairness Act may be added on to the Defense Authorization Act of 2013.  Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), filed an amendment on Friday to include the Act in the spending bill.  Voting may be as early as next week.

    As states struggle to meet revenue shortfalls, Mainstreet Fairness has gained traction.

    “Sen. Durbin is focused on working with his colleagues to try to get a vote on the bill before the end of this year, whether as a stand-alone bill or part of a larger piece of legislation,” said a Durbin aide. “They are keeping all options on the table at this point.”

    The National Retail Federation supports the act. “As the nature of retailing evolves and Internet sales become a more prominent portion of total retail sales, it is critical that sales tax collection requirements not discriminate,” NRF Senior Vice President David French said in a letter to senators. “The current collection disparity has tilted the competitive landscape against local stores, creating a crisis for brick-and-mortar retailers around the country.”


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    Tags: tax calculation, ecommerce

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