Online Sales Tax | The Complete Guide for Online Sellers | Summary and Q&A

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Online Sales Tax | The Complete Guide for Online Sellers

TL;DR

This video provides essential information on sales tax for new online sellers, including physical and economic nexus, taxable products, and marketplace facilitators.

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Key Insights

  • 🔍 There are two types of nexus to consider in relation to sales tax: physical nexus and economic nexus. Physical nexus is determined by the presence of people, employees, inventory, vehicles, or leased properties in a state. Economic nexus is triggered by reaching a certain sales threshold.
  • 💡 When starting a business, focus on identifying your physical presence in states where you have employees, inventory, or property. Register for sales tax in those states.
  • 💰 Economic nexus only applies once you surpass the sales threshold set by each state. Monitor your sales volume and revenue by state to determine if you have reached this threshold.
  • 🔁 Economic nexus thresholds reset annually, so each year you need to assess if you have met the threshold for each state individually.
  • ✅ If your products are not taxable or if you sell exclusively through a marketplace facilitator like Amazon, you may not be required to collect and remit sales tax.
  • 📝 Determine whether your products are taxable and if you are selling through a marketplace facilitator. These factors, along with meeting the economic nexus threshold, dictate your sales tax obligations.
  • 💻 For online sellers, it is crucial to keep track of your physical presence, sales volume, product taxability, and marketplace facilitator usage to stay compliant with sales tax regulations.
  • 💭 Consulting with experts and using resources such as nexus analysis threshold lists can help manage sales tax obligations and create a strategy for your business.

Transcript

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Questions & Answers

Q: What are the two types of nexus that can trigger sales tax obligations for online sellers?

The two types of nexus are physical nexus (based on physical presence like employees, inventory, and property) and economic nexus (based on sales volume or transaction thresholds). If an online seller meets either of these criteria, they may be obligated to collect and remit sales tax.

Q: When starting a business, what should online sellers do regarding sales tax?

Online sellers should identify where they have physical presence (employees, inventory, property) and register for sales tax in the states where they have a connection. This ensures compliance with sales tax regulations from the beginning of their business operations.

Q: How does economic nexus impact sales tax obligations for online sellers?

Economic nexus applies when an online seller reaches certain sales threshold or transaction numbers in a state. Once economic nexus is triggered, the seller is required to collect sales tax from customers in that state. It's important to monitor sales volume and revenue to determine if economic nexus has been reached.

Q: What factors should online sellers consider when determining their sales tax responsibilities?

Online sellers should assess whether their products are taxable in each state and if they sell through a marketplace facilitator like Amazon or eBay. If the products are not taxable or if sales are happening solely through a marketplace facilitator, the responsibility for collecting and remitting sales tax may lie with the facilitator rather than the seller.

Q: Does economic nexus threshold accumulation occur over multiple years?

No, economic nexus thresholds are determined on a year-by-year basis. Each calendar year's sales volume and transaction numbers are considered independently. If the thresholds are met in a single year, sales tax obligations are triggered for that year. Accumulation of thresholds across years is not necessary.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • There are two types of nexus to consider for sales tax: physical presence (employees, inventory, property) and economic presence (sales volume or transaction thresholds).

  • When starting a business, it is crucial to determine physical nexus and register for sales tax in the states where you have a presence.

  • Economic nexus only applies if you reach certain sales thresholds or transaction numbers in a state, and it is important to assess if your products are taxable and if you sell through a marketplace facilitator to determine your sales tax responsibilities.

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