Sales Tax Roundup: California to Tax eCommerce, 2018 Online Holiday Shopping Exceeds $80B, and Why You Need SEO Today - Taxify

Sales Tax Roundup: California to Tax eCommerce, 2018 Online Holiday Shopping Exceeds $80B, and Why You Need SEO Today


This is the last Taxify Roundup in 2018, and what a year it has been! eCommerce continues to be the powerhouse of the retail economy, scooping up more markets and expanding to even higher valuations ($1 trillion valuation for Amazon!). At the same time, regulatory agencies and tax departments have been expanding their reach into eCommerce platforms, spurred on by a revolutionary ruling by the Supreme Court that has upended tax liabilities for the entire eCommerce market.

If you’re somehow still unconvinced by the impact of the Wayfair decision from last June, we’d ask to you to take another long look at all the coverage from this last year — after all, there’s a reason that we added “The New Tax Environment” section to the roundup and, week after week, continue to link to Sovos’s ongoing coverage of post-Wayfair developments. These efforts will continue into the new year, and so we hope you’ll return to the Roundup in 2019 and after, for regular coverage on what is shaping the eCommerce market. Happy holidays and a great new year to everyone!

In this week’s Roundup, California announces it will tax remote sellers starting later in 2019, while Colorado announces a delay to the implementation of its remote sellers tax rules; then we look at how brick-and-mortar stores are taking ideas from eCommerce to survive, and why strong website design is the key to keeping your consumers engaged.


Wayfair: The Sovos Perspective

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

Sovos: California Announces Intent to Tax eCommerce

In a news release published on December 11, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration formally announced their intent to join 30+ other U.S. states in the taxation of remote commerce.

Press & Dakotan: State Vows to “Educate, Then Enforce” On Remote Seller Sales Tax

The South Dakota Department of Revenue recently asked the state’s citizens to report online retailers who aren’t collecting sales taxes.

The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio In No Rush to Act on Supreme Court Sales-Tax Case

Despite Supreme Court ruling, Ohio does not force online and catalog retailers to collect and remit sales tax.


Next Up: Updates and changes in regulating eCommerce.

Denver Post: Colorado Delays New Online Sales Tax Enforcement at Least Until May 31

Extension intended to give businesses more time to comply, legislature time to weigh in.

Illinois Policy: Holiday Shopping and the Sales Tax Scrooge

Illinois’ current patchwork of sales tax exemptions, oftentimes carved out by special interests, makes for poor policy.

The News Tribune: Senators Call For Help With Online Sales Tax

New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are backing a bill that would prevent new red tape from being imposed on small businesses following a court decision on collecting sales taxes from online shopping.


State of the Industry: Trends and developments in eCommerce.

Forbes: Record Holiday Shopping to Date at $80.3B, E-Commerce Is Transforming Both the Rich and the Rural

Adobe Analytics data indicates $80B in eCommerce sales this holiday season, noting “top states by basket size were Alaska, California, Washington, New York, and Wyoming.”

Built In Chicago: Think Brick-and-Mortar Is Over? These e-Commerce Companies Beg to Differ

With e-commerce still representing just 13 percent of sales overall, those who wrote obituaries for brick-and-mortar retail after the death of Toys “R” Us and the Sears bankruptcy filing might have spoken a bit too soon.

Business 2 Community: 7 Deadliest E-Commerce Mistakes That will Haunt Your Business

Without a solid plan in place, you’re lucky to experience small bumps along the way. The rest, though, can be catastrophic and can bring your business to the ground!

Forbes: Why The Supreme Court’s Internet Sales Tax Decision Will Hurt e-Commerce Startups

Startups have a lot stacked against them, including oligarchic competitors and the ever-present threat of running out of money. This summer, the Supreme Court added another burden.


On the lighter side: Tips for eCommerce businesses.

Entrepreneur: How “Good Design” Will Help Your Ecommerce Business Grow Faster Than Ever

If you website takes more than four seconds to load, you’ve already lost a quarter of your visitors.

eSeller Cafe: Self-Education: The Best Ecommerce Business Ideas

If you are one of the budding entrepreneurs eager to start your own online store, we wager there is just one small problem you can’t deal with – you do not know what you want to sell.

Practical Ecommerce: 7 Conversion Snafus That KIll eCommerce Sales

Seemingly minor snafus in website design, wording, and navigation can drive shoppers away.

Search Engine Land: How 3 SEO Strategies Built Today’s eCommerce Giants

Learn how third-party sellers, backlinks and a clearly defined niche can leverage SEO opportunities.

Entrepreneur: 7 Quick Instagram Ad Hacks for Ecommerce

Everyone’s using Instagram as part of their marketing blitz. Here’s how to help your Instagram ads soar above your competitors.

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