Alphabet Soup

It can be helpful to think of sales tax and use tax as mirror images of each other.  They’re closely related and they’re generally two ways of getting at the same thing.  In both cases the state is collecting a tax on a purchase or a service.  The main difference is whether that tax appears…

Sales Tax

These days it’s all about sales tax.  Senator Durbin hasn’t introduced his Main Street Fairness Act, the bill that would allow states to tax online retailers, but he is expected to do so soon.  In the mean time, several states have introduced legislation to create their own versions of the affiliate tax law first adopted in New…

Amazon Pulls Out of Texas

It’s not really a surprising development.  States all across America are hurting and they’re eager to bump up their income.  For years online retailers like Amazon have not had to pay sales tax.  When these companies first launched it was into an uncertain and untested environment.  To help promote e-commerce, Amazon and its many counterparts…