Collecting and remitting sales tax can be a daunting proposition, and when sales cross state lines, the task can become even more complicated. Here's how to get started on the right foot with a few simple steps.
The Complex World of Nexus
This bring us to the tax concept called "nexus." Do you have a physical place in a given jurisdiction that would require you to collect sales tax? Besides the obvious impact of having a store, having even a warehouse or sales office also can establish nexus. Indeed, nexus is created if your company maintains a temporary or permanent presence of people or property. The temporary presence can include even employees visiting states to call on customers or prospects, trade show attendance, or consigned inventory in warehouses.
Nexus is not clearly defined by each state and varies in the number of days and activities performed in the state. If, however, a state thinks your business entity has established a direct or representational presence, then the state may feel that it has the right to require your company to pay or collect and remit certain taxes. So even if you're in one of the five tax-free states noted above, you could still be on the hook for sales tax payments somewhere if your business crosses state borders.
This clearly is a complex issue, especially as states look for ways to fill their coffers. However, we can help you identify your obligations and set up a system so you can determine nexus and meet those obligations. Give us a call today, and we'll help you decide what's right for your business.
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