Some major retail shopping days — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday — are now behind us, but the 2018 holiday shopping season will continue apace. All indications are that this is going to be a banner year, particularly for online sellers. But all this growth and revenue comes amid an increasingly complicated state of reporting and tax regulations for those businesses. So now is the time to make sure you are prepared to handle any new requirements that states will impose.
At the same time, though, we can’t forget about the Roundup! This week we look at how regulatory confusion is delaying implementation of Louisiana’s remote sellers tax system, how Colorado’s new destination-based tax rules are causing havoc for small in-state retailers, how well retailers did during this year’s Black Friday, and why setting up a year-round case strategy can help eCommerce sellers avoid the pitfall of getting caught without money to spend when they really need it.
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.
The New Tax Environment: Upcoming changes to state nexus rules
Government Technology: Louisiana’s Online Sales Tax System Faces Delay
The question of whether certain businesses should register with the state or local taxing authorities is slowing progress of an Internet sales tax system meant to go live January 1.
Furniture Today: Another Two States Add Online Sales Tax
Starting next month a total of 31 states will charges sales tax for online purchases.
Nashua Telegraph: Officials Continue Fighting Internet Sales Tax
U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both D-N.H., are joining U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both D-OR, in asking Congress to pass measures to protect small businesses.
Next Up: Updates and changes in regulating eCommerce.
Tax Foundation: South Carolina: A Road Map for Tax Reform
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce commissioned the Tax Foundation to prepare a review of the South Carolina tax system and recommend possible solutions, and this book is the result.
Deseret News: Utah Policymakers to Consider Sales Tax Reform to Keep Up With Modern Economy
Utah policymakers might consider imposing sales tax on some previously untaxed services as changing consumer spending habits, technological advances and an aging population eat away at revenue.
WABI-5: Lawmaker Wants to Let Maine Cities Levy Local Sales Tax
Republican incoming Senate Minority Leader Dana Dow said that local-option sales taxes will pit communities against each other by encouraging people to drive around to get a better deal on large-ticket purchases.
The State: Wyoming Legislative Panel Nixes Statewide Local Tax Change
Wyoming lawmakers have rejected a proposal to give local communities more flexibility to change sales tax rates.
The Denver Post: Colorado Sales Tax Changes: Small-business Owners Oppose New Rules
Location-based sales tax collection rules go into effect Saturday, make some “look at retirement a lot sooner.”
State of the Industry: Trends and developments in eCommerce.
Boston Globe: Surge in Holiday e-Commerce Sales May Bring a February Hangover
Initial Black Friday results have reinforced that this holiday shopping season will be one of the best in recent memory. But even in good times, retailers have concerns.
Ars Technica: E-commerce Site is Infected Not By One, But Two Card Skimmers
Rival crime gangs race against each other to steal consumers’ personal data.
Logistics Management: The E-Commerce Effect: The Modern Supply Chain Disruptor
In this whitepaper, take a closer look at how this new e-commerce world is affecting different segments of the supply chain.
Supply Chain Brain: E-Commerce Fulfillment: The Golden Age or Nuclear Age?
In the world of e-commerce fulfillment, we have experienced a golden age for logistics providers. This golden age is about to change.
On the lighter side: Tips for eCommerce businesses.
Forbes: The Five Most Challenging Parts of E-Commerce Checkout
A recent study found the 87% of online shoppers abandon their carts during checkout if the process is too long or complicated.
Search Engine Journal: 5 of the Best Ecommerce Tools Every Merchant Needs
Ecommerce merchants need to be equipped with the best tools to up their ecommerce game and face their competitors.
AZ Big Media: 4 Ways to Take Charge of E-Commerce Customer Service
Customer service is one of the most important aspects when it comes to building a successful e-commerce store. Unfortunately, it is an area that is often grossly neglected.
Practical Ecommerce: A Year-round Cash Strategy for Ecommerce Sellers
By focussing on money at hand — which often gets spent immediately — eCommerce sellers can end up cash strapped; planning ahead can ensure they manage expenditures.
See for yourself how Taxify by Sovos can help your eCommerce business stay on top of sales tax compliance.