In case you hadn’t heard, it’s election season in the U.S.! Not only is this a time to celebrate the most fundamental action for a democracy, it also brings a tremendous amount of new for the sales tax community as the populace votes for all measure of state, county, and municipal taxes. No doubt in the weeks ahead, we’ll have more information of new, revoked, and amended taxes that everyone should be aware of, especially as more states establish tax requirements for remote sellers. Plus, holiday shopping season – including Cyber Week – is fast approaching.
But for now, we have a more standard Roundup. This week we look at efforts by New Hampshire to protect its famously tax-averse businesses from having to comply with tax rules in other states (that remote seller rule issue again), Amazon is now more profitable than Walmart, and tips on avoiding delivery problems during the holiday season.
The Wayfair decision will have profound effects on eCommerce. Read everything that we’ve written about what the Supreme Court decided and how sales tax compliance will change.
Sovos has put together this South Dakota v. Wayfair economic nexus thresholds table to keep you informed of each state’s effective and pending remote sales tax collection legislation.
Next Up: Updates and changes in regulating eCommerce.
Ecommerce Bytes: USPS and Worker Union Extend Contract Negotiations
The negotiations come at a sensitive time for online sellers, since reliable package delivery becomes even more crucial during the holiday shopping season.
NHPR: N.H. Looks to Take “Aggressive” Position Following SCOTUS Wayfair Sales Tax Ruling
After failing to pass a bill in response to the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision during a special session this summer, Governor Sununu’s office says the legislature should be ready to try again.
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Small Businesses Hope New Nevada Tax Rules Curb E-Commerce Giants
State rules that took effect Oct. 1 mandate that online retailers without a physical presence in Nevada must collect and pay sales tax of 8.25 percent in Clark County.
Keloland: Online Sales Tax Begins
Companies doing business online in SOuth Dakota will now pay a sales tax.
The Denver Post: Small Businesses Brace for Colorado’s New Online Sales Tax Rules Some Say Could Put Them Out of Business
In the wake of Supreme Court ruling, Department of Revenue mandates sales taxes collections based on buyer’s address.
State of the Industry: Trends and developments in eCommerce.
Motley Fool: Surprise! Amazon’s North American E-Commerce Business Is Now More Profitable Than Walmart
How the tides have turned.
Houston Chronicle: Holiday Shopping Season Strong, For E-Commerce
The holiday shopping season looks very promising for retailers this year, with Americans expected to spend a record $720 billion by the New Year.
Freight Waves: Deliverr Offers an Amazon-like Delivery Experience for eCommerce Sellers
A new service looks to provide the same sort of convenient, fast shipping available to FBA sellers, but without the potential complications of having to comply with the online giant’s strictures.
The CPA Journal: Sales Tax Holidays
Even experienced tax professionals find it nearly impossible to stay on top of the plethora of sales tax holidays, which occur in some states, on a limited number of days, on specific products, once or twice a year
Business.com: 4 Warning Signs Your E-Commerce Idea Is Failed From the Start
A lot of e-commerce stores are opening these days, but most of them fail because the core idea behind them isn’t appealing to their audience.
On the lighter side: Tips for eCommerce businesses.
Practical Ecommerce: 6 Holiday Ecommerce Shipping Mistakes to Avoid
Some retailers could do a third or more of their annual sales in just a few days. The opportunities, therefore, are great, but so is the opportunity for shipping error.
The Next Web: Mobile E-Commerce Mistakes All Entrepreneurs Should Avoid To Stay Relevant
It’s estimated that by 2021, mobile-commerce will make up 54% of U.S. e-commerce sales, making effective mobile sites a vital element for e-commerce companies.
Forbes: How Effective Data Management Can Help Scale E-Commerce Growth
The reality of business and e-commerce today makes data management a necessary component of operations.
Business Computing World: 5 Must-Have Features For Your Ecommerce Website
At present, every entrepreneur is looking to have an online presence, which is the single most important investment that they can make.
Forbes: Starting an E-Commerce Store? These Five Industries are Ripe for Big Profits
If you’re interested in e-commerce, here are five fabulous niches that are ready for big profits.
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