Amazon Accounting

Changing the Landscape of US Tax Law

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. The internet has changed the way we buy and sell. Online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay now dominate the retail landscape, and more and more retailers are moving online. In the US, tax law is changing in response. Rather than missing out on online sales tax, states are adapting their laws and introducing new legislation in order to force sellers or online marketplaces to collect and remit sales tax.

Understanding Ecommerce Sales Tax [Guide]

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes 30 seconds. Ecommerce sellers used to have a pretty easy time when it came to sales tax, but those days are gone. In June 2018, a landmark case turned the tide on sales tax collection for good. The Wayfair vs. South Dakota ruling redefined the criteria for business owners eligible to pay sales tax. Prior to this ruling, business owners needed physical presence in a state to be considered eligible to remit sales tax.

Tips for Getting Started with Amazon FBA, Accounting and Doing Things the Right Way

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes 30 seconds. Starting a business is a whirlwind of activity that involves a wide range of different tasks, and presents a unique set of challenges for every startup. Amazon makes it easier to reach paying customers by providing an advanced online marketplace with millions of active shoppers, and offering fulfilment warehousing (FBA) to simplify the logistical side of things. Whilst it is tempting to dive into development and focus on action, some prior research, planning and self-education can make the journey of entrepreneurship much less challenging and significantly reduce your chances of failure.

Sales Tax Strategies for Amazon FBA Sellers in the US [Part 2 of 3]

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes. This article is a guest post from our good friends at MuseMinded. They have teamed up with The Tax Butler to offer a free sales tax starter kit for US-based Amazon sellers. As an Amazon seller in the United States, complying with sales tax can become an extremely complex burden if it isn’t managed properly. This is due to the fact that each state has different tax rates, filing frequencies and other requirements.

Sales Tax: Understand Your Obligations and Make a Plan

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. Sales tax for ecommerce sellers is relatively new and continually evolving. When bricks-and-mortar stores were the only retailers, knowing where to pay your taxes and to whom was straight forward. You had a physical location which gave you “nexus” in a particular state; a link strong enough that you needed to pay tax, and that was pretty much the end of the story. With millions of dollars moving into the cloud space and no physical locations to pin them to, governments faced two problems:

Taxes, Thresholds, and Penalties: Understanding Changing Tax Law in Rhode Island

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. This article was written and published in 2018. Ecommerce tax regulations are constantly changing and location-dependent, so for the most up-to-date information, always consult your accountant or the official government websites for your state. We also have a complete guide on collecting Amazon sales tax here with appropriate links and advice. As more and more international businesses start to sell through Amazon, understanding the ins and outs of US tax law becomes increasingly important.

How A2X Lets Acuity Do More for Their Clients: Automated, Accurate, Affordable

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. Acuity is a US-based accounting firm that specialises in bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses. They are tech leaders in the accounting field, and are always looking for ways to make their work more efficient and save money for clients. A2X does just that, by helping them to automate some complex processes, get accurate numbers, and speed up their results. After implementing A2X and seeing the difference it made, the team at Acuity recommends it to all their Amazon clients.

A2X, bookskeep, and backdating the books

bookskeep is a US-based bookkeeping firm that specialises in ecommerce businesses. They’ve been around since 2014, and have been an A2X partner since 2017. bookskeep has a high number of clients using QuickBooks Online, although they’re seeing an increasing number of Xero users too. Recently, the bookskeep team helped a client who needed to rebuild their financial records in order to sell their business – and they realised the true value of A2X.

PROSPER Show 2018 Sponsor Round-Up

PROSPER show is next week - the place to be for Amazon sellers, A2X will be there and we’re hosting an Amazon Accounting meetup, so if you’re going to PROSPER, we can’t wait to meet you there. This year the show is big, with over 100 sponsors, there’s an intimidating wall of logos. We hadn’t heard of many of these companies and didn’t know what they all do for Amazon sellers, so we thought it might be helpful to provide a quick round-up of each company, what they do and where to find them online.

US event update: Catch up with us on the road as we head West to East

Palo Alto - Las Vegas - Atlanta. It’s a new season of events for the A2X team. This week we’ve been on the Intuit stand at Startup Grind in Palo Alto exhibiting as part of Intuit’s sponsorship and talking to other entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley’s hub for startup networking. Next month A2X will be with the Amazon seller community exhibiting at the Prosper Show in Las Vegas over March 12-14.

Amazon Accounting Meetup, The Inaugural Xerocon Austin edition

Xerocon Austin is next week, and it’s a great opportunity for companies, firms and sellers interested in Amazon accounting to Meetup and connect with each other. Scott Scharf, from Catching Clouds and I are organizing a meetup where Amazon accountants and sellers can get together for a drink and a chat about all things Amazon and accounting. If you are in town for Xerocon, or a local interested in Amazon, come talk the tricky stuff with Amazon experts: marketplaces, international multicurrency selling, sales tax, VAT, FBA, inventory, fees, charges and cashflow.

Understanding the Cost of Goods Sold for Amazon

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes 30 seconds. Part of running a successful Amazon ecommerce business is making sure you always keep an eye on your margins. This includes more than just knowing how much Amazon deposits into your account. You also need to know what your actual gross margins are each month so you can track trends, plan for growth, and spot potential problems. The key to calculating your true monthly gross profit and keeping an accurate set of books is understanding your costs of goods sold.