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What is use tax?

We often see the terms “sales and use tax” bundled together in the same sentence. But, as it turns out, that phrase does a lot of heavy lifting. While sales and use tax are similar, there’s a reason we hear about both.  One reason that the term “use tax” can be so...

These States Provide a Sales Tax Discount!

Collecting and filing sales tax is a thankless task. As a retailer, you collect it from your buyers and pass it straight on to the state. While it sits in your account for a month or a quarter, you don’t get to keep it.  A few heroic states, though, understand that...

What “Marketplace Facilitator Laws” mean for Sales Tax

Good news for e-commerce retailers! As of January 1, 2023, every US state with a sales tax now also has marketplace facilitator laws. Why is a law good news? This means that now major online marketplaces like Amazon, Walmart, eBay, and Etsy are required to collect and...

Resale Certificates, Explained

As an e-commerce retailer, sooner or later you will encounter a resale certificate. Most of the time you’ll be providing your resale certificate to your vendor in order to buy items to resell.  But you’ll also sometimes find yourself on the other end of that...

Is Clothing Taxable?

In the US, sales tax is determined at the state level. This means that states get to make their own rules and laws about things like the sales tax rate, when sales tax returns are due, and what items are taxable. Most tangible personal property (i.e. things you can...

Are Groceries Taxable?

Just want to know about grocery taxability in your state? Go directly to our “Are groceries subject to sales tax?” chart. Do you have to charge sales tax when selling groceries? The short answer is that, in most cases, no! But the much longer answer is that most...

How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit In Every State

How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit In Every State: Simple Step-by-Step Guide   Below are a few general steps to take to register for a sales tax permit:  Collect your company information, including EIN and tax documents.   Visit the state's Department of Revenue...

California: Sales Tax Registration Guide

Do You Have Nexus in California? Sales tax nexus describes the connection a business has with a state that obligates them to gather and submit sales tax. There are two main types of sales tax nexus to consider: physical nexus and economic nexus. Physical nexus arises...

Florida: Sales Tax Registration Guide

Do You Have Nexus in Florida? When a business is required to collect and remit sales tax, it is said to have a sales tax nexus with a state. There are two types of sales tax nexus to consider in most cases: physical nexus and economic nexus. Physical nexus arises when...

Illinois: Sales Tax Registration Guide

Do You Have Nexus in Illinois? The two main ways to establish sales tax nexus are physical nexus and economic nexus. Physical nexus is established when a business has a type of physical presence in a state, such as a store or warehouse. Economic nexus, on the other...