Sales Tax

Amazon Tax Canada: What You Need To Know

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Canada’s sales tax is a bit of a mutt. It’s not quite the same breed as the US, or as Europe, but almost a cross between the two. Canada’s sales tax is called GST (goods and services tax), and is a value-added tax, meaning it is added onto the value of an item at each stage in its manufacturing journey. Although the GST rate is consistent across Canada, the story barely begins there.

The Ultimate Guide To Amazon Sales Tax [Full Resource]

Estimated reading time: 18 minutes 30 seconds. In 2020, the US is estimated to have spent over $370 million on retail ecommerce sales. By the end of 2021, this figure is expected to surpass $400 million. When Amazon was founded, the internet was relatively new and sales tax was something cemented in bricks and mortar. People shopped on streets - not online - so a physical address was enough for states to keep tabs on businesses.

How A2X Handles VAT in All European Ecommerce Marketplaces

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes.  Anyone who runs an online store will know that the beauty of ecommerce is that its capabilities are limitless. It’s a fantastic way for retail stores of any type and size to reach a new community of customers – enabling you to expand your sales worldwide without the extensive costs of setting up a brick-and-mortar store. Ecommerce has levelled the playing field, making it possible for small businesses to compete with corporate giants on an international stage.

Accounting and Sales Tax: What do Amazon Sellers Need to Know?

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes. Please note: ecommerce sales tax is still evolving and changing. These guides are correct at the time they are written but please consult official government pages or accounting professionals for the most up-to-date information applicable to you. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of South Dakota, granting the state authority to impose sales tax obligations on out-of-state transactions. Online sellers will have a new set of obligations and challenges ahead of them, while states could potentially gain billions in revenue.

The Ultimate VAT Guide for Amazon Sellers in the UK and Europe

Estimated reading time: 51 minutes. Otherwise known as ‘value-added tax’, VAT is a type of consumption tax that is paid by end users on products and services. In different regions, VAT is referred to by different names. For American sellers, it is called ‘sales tax’. In Australia and New Zealand, we call it ‘goods and services tax (GST)’. While the rules around how VAT is managed are different for each economy, there are a wide range of things that they all have in common.

Amazon to Turn Over Third-Party Seller Data to California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes. This post is a guest post from Michael Fleming founder of Michael J Fleming & Associates. This article is about the changing tax obligations of ecommerce sellers in the US and was correct at the time it was written. For more detailed information (no matter your platform) about how sales tax affects you, and where to get the most up-to-date advice, check out our blog here.

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.

Amazon Accounting Meetup Summary: Sydney, Australia May 22nd

Estimated reading time: 25 minutes 30 seconds. On May 22nd, 2018, we organized a meet-up in collaboration with Intuit Quickbooks (referred to as QBO throughout this article), where a range of topics related to Amazon accounting were discussed. We were privileged to have three Amazon accounting and app experts present at our meet-up: Jeri Wambeek from Which AddOn. Michael Fleming from Sales Tax and More (via video link). Arnold Shields from Dolman Bateman Accountants.

eBay Sales Tax: Everything You Need To Know [Full Guide]

Estimated reading time: 19 minutes 30 seconds. Ah, sales tax. The ultimate Pandora’s box has come for ecommerce sellers. In 2019, US online retail sales of physical goods reached an astronomical $343 billion. By 2024, they are forecast to reach $476 billion. Physical presence in a state used to be a parameter for tax, but times have changed. With billions of dollars floating in the digital space, governments everywhere, not just in the US, have needed to change tack.

Walmart Sales Tax - How To Do It The Right Way

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Sales tax is one of the greatest challenges for ecommerce sellers in the US. Why? Because compliance requirements differ across the states, and the consequences of getting it wrong can be quite significant. In 2018, the South Dakota vs. Wayfair Inc. ruling changed the tax landscape for remote sellers for good. With this decision came a wave of state-specific rules and definitions of tax nexus, leaving many sellers - small and large - confused about their obligations.

Full List of Amazon FBA Warehouse Locations and Sales tax rate by State

Amazon FBA Warehouse Locations Keeping on top of your inventory and the different sales tax rates associated with each state can be a juggle. There’s nexus to consider, both physical and economic, as well as local sales tax which drives the total state tax rate up. Of the 50 US states (plus Washington DC), Amazon currently owns and operates fulfilment centres in 27. As an FBA seller, it’s important that you know this because it influences which states you should be collecting sales tax in.

Shopify Accounting Day at San Francisco Shopify Merchant Lounge

Calling all Shopify Merchants in the San Francisco Bay area. On Thursday, March 19th, Shopify has organised a day dedicated entirely to help Shopify Merchants with their accounting. Shopify accounting office hours will be held from 10 am - 4.00 pm and a Shopify accounting meetup will take place from 6.00 pm. Both events will be in the Shopify Merchant Lounge. Shopify Accounting Office Hours Join accounting and tax experts Wayne Richard and Jermey Allen who are available for one on one appointments in the Shopify Merchant Lounge.

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.

How-To Guide: Collecting Amazon Sales Tax

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes 30 seconds. As an ecommerce marketplace seller, you probably know you should be collecting sales tax. Items sold and distributed within the US and Canada are usually subject to sales tax. That part’s straightforward, but how much to collect is a different story altogether. How Amazon calculates sales tax is also a little complicated. In the US, each state has its own state or local tax rate.

How-To Guide: Collecting Shopify Sales Tax

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Sales tax is a fact of life for all ecommerce sellers. If you’re not currently collecting it, you’re probably not meeting your tax obligations. Every product sold in the US and Canada (whether you’re a local or not), will likely be liable for sales tax. The real question is not whether you should be paying, but how much. And this is where things get tricky.

Where To Find An Ecommerce Accountant or Bookkeeper

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. Introducing the ecommerce accountant directory. Find your new ecommerce accountant here. It’s a complicated beast, accounting, and as an ecommerce store owner, you’ll have had first-hand experience. Ecommerce has grown at a tremendous rate, and with this growth comes a new wave of ecommerce experts. A2X works closely with a fantastic network of ecommerce accountants from all over the world, who are highly experienced with A2X and more importantly, understand the accounting complexities experienced by ecommerce sellers.

Sales Tax Nexus Trends – What Amazon Sellers Need to Know

The past year has been unprecedented in terms of sales tax law changes that impact online sellers. The whirlwind began after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair in June 2018. The Wayfair decision is all about nexus – the level of connection between your business and the state that obligates you to register and collect sales tax. The Supreme Court ruled that physical presence is no longer the main requirement for creating nexus, that it can also be created when a seller’s sales into a state exceed certain economic thresholds.

Peace of Mind with A2X and TaxJar

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. If you’re getting serious about your Amazon ecommerce business, you’ll already have yourself dedicated cloud-based accounting software, like Xero or QuickBooks. Hopefully, you’ll also have integrated A2X so you have timely, usable sales data and reporting at your fingertips. The next thing you need? Sales-tax software. The cold hard truth is that if you’re selling via Amazon FBA, at some point you’re going to be paying sales tax – and that’s when your accounting can get complicated, especially if you’re selling in the US.

LIVE RECORDING: Sales tax in a post-Wayfair world: Where are we now and what you need to know

Over the past 10 months, United States sales tax laws have changed dramatically for online sellers (both domestic and foreign) that supply customers in America. On June 21st, 2018, the US Supreme Court discarded the physical presence requirement sales tax nexus in their landmark Wayfair ruling. Since then, we have experienced a great deal of changes to how states calculate and collect sales taxes. Many of these changes have been negative, but you may be surprised to hear that some of them are positive.

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.

Options for Filing Sales Tax Returns [Part 3 of 3]

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes 30 seconds. This article is a guest post from our good friends at MuseMinded - The Amazon Accounting Specialists. They have teamed up with The Tax Butler to offer a free sales tax starter kit for US-based Amazon sellers. As the third and final article in our three-part series, this blog post takes a look at filing frequencies, and some of the ways that you can file your sales tax returns.

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.

What is Sales Tax, and Why Does it Matter to Me? [Part 1 of 3]

Estimated reading time: 4 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. This is the first blog in a three-part series which looks at the basics of sales tax for ecommerce sellers and where you can find help. The next two parts cover: Sales tax strategies for Amazon FBA sellers in the United States.

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.

Sales Tax, Historic Data, and Multiple Channels: Understanding Taxes in Pennsylvania

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. This post was written and published in 2018. Tax obligations for ecommerce sellers is constantly evolving, so for the most up-to-date information on tax legislation, please consult the official governing body websites for your location. Our blog How-To Guide: Collecting Amazon Sales Tax is also a good source of additional information and relevant sources. Like many states, Pennsylvania is in the process of introducing new tax legislation aimed at ecommerce retailers.

New taxes, new issues - understanding Washington’s Marketplace Facilitator Tax

If you’re an Amazon seller with sales in the state of Washington, you may have noticed some changes to the way your sales tax appears in your A2X reports. This is the result of the new ‘Marketplace Facilitator Tax’ that was introduced in January this year. While this specific tax only applies to sales in Washington State, other states are introducing similar taxes of their own, which will affect Amazon sellers in the future.

Prosper Show 2018 Amazon Accounting Panel Recap

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes 30 seconds. The Prosper Show is an annual conference for Amazon marketplace sellers, and the ecosystem of businesses and applications that serve them. During the 2018 Prosper Show held in Las Vegas on March 13-14, 2018, A2X hosted a live interview panel with four leading Amazon marketplace accountants: Scott Scharf from Catching Clouds Melanie Shabangu from Avask Accounting Jeremiah Kovacs from MuseMinded Cyndi Thomason from Bookskeep During the live panel, audience members had the chance to ask the Amazon accounting experts a range of questions, prompting discussions about the future of Amazon accounting.

Florida to Join the MTC Sales Tax Amnesty Program

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes. (Updated December 2020). In 2017, we received word from our friends at the PROSPER Show that Florida had joined the MTC Sales Tax Amnesty program. The amnesty was geared towards online sellers with the idea being that they could negotiate to be forgiven some or all of their back taxes, as well as any applicable interest and penalties. Sellers had to meet certain eligibility criteria and apply for the amnesty between the 17th of August 2017, to the 17th of October 2017.

MTC Amazon Sales Tax Amnesty - August 17 to October 17, 2017

We received word from our friends at the PROSPER Show that the MTC (Multi-State Tax Commission) has announced a Sales Tax Amnesty program for August 17th to October 17th 2017. This is huge news for for Amazon sellers on Amazon.com, you can submit a Voluntary Disclosure to get registered for tax collection immediately, and importantly avoid back taxes, interest and penalties. What States are participating in the program? The program covers these states: