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Expanding Your Digital Value Via State
And Local Tax Advisory Services
Ray Bigley – VP Business Development; Avalara
Andrew Johnson – Partner; Peisner Johnson & Company
December 6, 2013
© Avalara
Today’s Discussion
• Market Forces & Evolving Markets
• Market Place Fairness Act (67 to 29)
• Peisner Johnson & Company – Client Service Opportunities
• Summary
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$55,000,000,000
$107,000,000,000
$130,000,000,000
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Market Forces: State Budget Gap
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State Budget Gaps
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Market Forces: State Budget Gap
$23,800,000,000
$12,500,000,000
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Market Forces
46 States, WA DC & Guam
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Sales & Use Taxes In “LOTS” of Jurisdictions
There are over 11,000 North American
Taxing Jurisdictions
Alaska has no State Sales Tax,
But does have Local Sales Taxes
• 46 States (Including The District of Columbia) have some
form of Sales And Use Tax
• NOMAD States – No Sales Tax in NH, OR, MT, AK, DE
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Evolving Markets
Mobile payments (Affirm, Square, GoPayment, Fortumo,
Zong)
Gaming ( mobile devices, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii)
Omni channel Markets: Mobile
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Emerging Markets – Gaming, Mobile Payment
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Omni channel Markets: Gaming
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Next up after Marketplace Fairness?
Digital Goods – MP3 Files, Movie / TV
downloads, Purchased Image, etc.
Virtual Items – Exist within a specified
environment. Example -Xbox Live
marketplace, MapleStory: Flower
bouquets, Games-weapons
Sheldon’s dilemma from the Big Bang Theory
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Marketplace Fairness Act (67 to 29)
“Very Brief Overview”
Grants authority to states to require a remote retailer to collect
sales tax
Defines a remote retailer as any seller who makes interstate sales
of products or services
Applies only to remote retailers with annual remote sales in excess
of $1 million, but remote sales includes exempt sales
Requires very little simplification from states, and most of that is
only for remote retailers
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Andrew (Andy) Johnson
Peisner Johnson & Company, LLP
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The 5-Point Assessment
1. Nexus
2. Tax Rates and Taxability
3. Use Tax
4. Exemption Certificates
5. Tax Returns
Nexus
What is nexus?
Nexus: A connection; a link or tie
Minimum level of physical presence that
allows a jurisdiction to require you to
register, collect, and remit sales and
use tax
Obvious
Less Obvious
How do states find you?
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Auditing your customers
Sharing with IRS and other states
Special task forces
Leads
o Former employees
o Competitors
THE PROBLEM NEVER
GOES AWAY…
IT ONLY GETS
BIGGER
Assessment #1
Analyze the Nexus Footprint
Tax Rates and Taxability
Under-Collecting
● Something taxable in one jurisdiction may not be
taxable in another...
● Except when it is.
● Rules are constantly changing - more than 5,000
changes in the last year alone
Tangible Personal Property (TPP)
Fundamentals
Only CERTAIN services are taxable
● ALL sales of TPP are taxable unless
there is a specific exemption for that
item.
● What about digital products?
Fundamentals
Assessment #2
Make Sure Clients Charging
Tax on Taxable Stuff at the
Right Rate
Use Taxes
Online Purchases
Accruing Use Tax
Putting Your System in Place
● Decide who should manage use tax accrual
○ Accounts payable department
○ Purchasing department
● Service opportunity for CPAs
Assessment #3
Make sure clients have a
system for accruing use tax
on taxable purchases —
don’t overpay though
Exemption Certificates
Exemption Certificates
Are Low-Hanging Fruit
Sampling
Assessment #4
Review certificates actually
collected by client.
Tax Returns
Screenshot/CBS
Assessment #5
Review returns filed
Protect Your Clients
The 5 Point Assessment:
1.Nexus
2.Tax Rates and Taxability
3.Use Tax
4.Exemption Certificates
5.Tax Returns
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Who is Avalara
Market Leader in Automated Sales & Use Tax
• Located on Bainbridge Island, WA & Seattle
• Offices across North America, in EU & Asia
• 11,000 customers 60,000 registered users
• 4 million calculations per day – approaching 1.5 billion
annually
• Manage 5 million exemption certificates & file 500,000 sales
tax returns
• Filing & remitting $14 billion in sales & use tax annually
• Original member Streamline sales tax & Certified provider
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Questions
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