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Implementing an ERP System - 4 Tax Issues to Consider

Choosing the right ERP system that’s going to get the job done for your business is a tall order. Successfully implementing that system so it properly adds value to your business requires a great deal of forethought and consideration of the impact the system will have on all departments. But it’s not just the impact …

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Choosing an ERP System: Tax Compliance Considerations

Choosing the right ERP that’s going to get the job done for your business is a tall order. Successfully implementing that system so it properly adds value to your business requires a great deal of forethought and consideration of the impact the system will have on all departments.  But it’s not just the impact the …

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How 3 Companies Manage Tax Exempt Sales

Someone walks into your business claiming to be sales tax-exempt: How do you handle it? If your business provides products and services through distribution, manufacturing, wholesale, or retail, the risk of a sales tax audit is high. Many businesses in this industry are audited solely because they work with exemption certificates. The sheer nature of …

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Would Your Team Win Gold in the Audit Olympics?

As the company’s tax manager, it’s your job to ensure your business is financially fit. You probably never thought to compare a sales tax audit to the Olympic Games. Surprisingly, the two events have a lot in common. If you’ve ever been through an audit, you know it’s a grueling test of will, strength, and …

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Sales Tax and The Supply Chain – Q&A

The supply chain is one of the trickiest areas to navigate in the world of sales tax compliance, often involving sales tax, use tax, exemption certificates, and headaches. Creating a tax-efficient procurement process is the best way to protect your business in this often high-risk audit environment. But where do you start? We sat down …

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Drop Shipping and the Manufacturer, Wholesaler, Retailer – A Sales Tax Nightmare

Most would agree that the administration of drop shipments is currently one of the most challenging sales tax scenarios to deal with.  Not only does drop shipping affect the manufacturer, but it can also have an adverse effect on wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and even end users.  To fully understand the taxation of a drop shipment, …

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Marketplace Fairness Act: What You Need to Know

No doubt you’ve heard about the Marketplace Fairness Act, but do you know what it means and how it could affect your business? Here’s a quick read to learn more about the Marketplace Fairness Act and what it could mean to you. What is the Marketplace Fairness Act? The Marketplace Fairness Act is a current …

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How Recent Sales Tax Changes May Affect Your Industry

If you have read the news lately, then you are likely aware of sales tax changes looming on the horizon. Sales tax requirements vary by state, product and industry. Reviewing and keeping track of all of the rules and regulations can take significant time and resources. How do you keep up with it all? In …

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Automating the Exemption Certificate Lifecycle

Prudent and proactive businesses are constantly investigating and implementing new methods to reduce their sales and use tax audit liability and increase staff productivity because these savings go directly to the bottom line. In today’s economic environment, these goals have taken on added urgency. Virtually all states are experiencing significant revenue drops coupled with higher …

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Sales and Use Tax is Extremely Complicated! New Guide Breaks Down Sales Tax Practices by State.

Figuring out who owes, who collects, who’s exempt from sales and use tax and what states that all happens in is a complex process. Many of you are probably aware of how the sales tax landscape is changing with state and local governments revising tax laws to increase revenues in order to make up for …

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