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This Week in Sales Tax News

According to the October 29 Worcester Business Journal, a group of legislators and policy advocates is looking for ways to modernize Massachusetts state tax code, potentially taxing digital goods and services like music downloads or Spotify. Gov. Michael Dukakis attempted to tax services in the early 1990s, only to see his successor, Gov. William Weld, […]

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Revisiting the EU VAT “2020 Quick Fixes”

Part 1: VAT Identification of the Customer We recently wrote about the EU’s latest report on the “VAT Gap” – the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount collected by each Member State. It is hoped that the VAT Gap will be substantially reduced by the introduction of a new definitive VAT […]

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VAT Gap: EU Countries Lost €137bn in VAT Revenues in 2017

In September, the European Commission released its latest study on the so-called ‘VAT Gap’. The VAT Gap is defined as the difference between the amount of VAT collected and the VAT Total Tax Liability (VTTL), in absolute or percentage terms. The VTTL is an estimated amount of VAT that is theoretically collectable based on VAT […]

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VAT Mini One Stop Shop – Part 3

What to Expect Next In Parts One and Two of this series on the VAT MOSS scheme for digital services we provided a background, considerations for applying and a recent update on the existing MOSS scheme. This recent update is the first stage that will pave the way for a smooth transition to the new VAT […]

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Withholding State Reporting Beyond an Organization’s Physical Presence

Introduction Tax information reporting and withholding at the state level is often a complex undertaking for organizations to manage. With 43 states now requiring income tax withholding and reporting, and each state having its own specific requirements, compliance can be a logistical nightmare. To add to the mounting complexities of state reporting, organizations need to […]

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Ensuring SAP Tax Compliance and Data Purity in AP E-invoicing Processes

About a decade ago, countries in Latin America, led primarily by Mexico, Brazil and Chile, stepped up their efforts to close the VAT gap by requiring companies to move away from paper-based invoicing processes and toward electronic methods of billing and completing payments. The idea was that a tax administration could more easily and effectively […]

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States Crack Down on Unclaimed Property

Recently, a landmark ruling in New York shed light on a nationwide trend in the world of unclaimed property compliance. State governments across the U.S. and Canada are cracking down on businesses that fail to report their unclaimed property accurately and on time. And, as proven by the case in New York, no business, no […]

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Whose Responsibility Is It to Report Unclaimed Property?

Unclaimed property results from the everyday functions of a company’s operations. As state budget deficits continue to grow, companies should expect unclaimed property compliance and related audits to continue and possibly increase. So, who is responsible for handling the process of Unclaimed Property management and escheatment to the state and keeping their company compliant? Tax […]

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VAT Mini One Stop Shop – Part 2

An update and the effects of Brexit In the first part of this series on the VAT MOSS scheme for digital services we provided a background on this scheme and considerations for applying.  In this second part we provide you with a recent update and describe how Brexit will affect the scheme. Our third and […]

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Cryptocurrency Exchanges Serious about 1099 Reporting Despite Incomplete IRS Guidance

Ron Quaranta is founder and chairman of Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, the world’s leading non-profit trade association promoting the comprehensive adoption of blockchain technology and crypto assets across global financial markets. He will speak at the GCS Intelligent Reporting conference in San Antonio later this month. Ron spoke with Sovos recently about cryptocurrency tax regulations […]

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Unclaimed Property Reporting: Well Begun Is Half Done!

If you have ever had a child wait until the night before an assignment is due to ask for help, or had a client push a deadline as far back as possible to start, you know the frustration of rushed and ineffective project completion. With your unclaimed property reporting process, you can reduce this last-minute […]

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Brazil Implements New E-Invoice Type NF3e

Brazil is often viewed as one of the most complex tax jurisdictions in the world.  But, at the same time, it has been very successful in automating tax authority controls, and in doing so has replaced paper invoices with electronic invoices automating their exchange through clearance platforms. While the ambitious Brazilian plans to simplify the […]

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Are You Considering Outsourcing Your Unclaimed Property Processes?

Managing an organization’s unclaimed property can be a full-time job. With the complexities of regulatory requirements, the numerous due diligence and dormancy tracking rules by property type and state, along with due diligence requirements, also varying by state, record retention needs in case of an audit, as well as reporting to multiple states, the process […]

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India Adds Clarity to New E-Invoicing Regime

Following India’s recent public consultation looking at the proposed introduction of an e-invoicing regime, the GST council has now released a white paper on the architecture of the new framework and also provided answers to a number of outstanding questions. From 1 January 2020, taxpayers in India can start to use the new e-invoicing framework, […]

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Unclaimed Property Penalties

“We have less than $1,000 to submit, we’ll just do it ourselves.” Does this thought process sound familiar? The thought is if it’s a small amount, it doesn’t matter nearly as much. It’s totally understandable for one to think along these lines. Unfortunately, the states may disagree with you. Regardless of the dollar amount or […]

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Key Steps for MTD Second Stage Filers

In our previous piece reflecting on the aftermath of the initial MTD deadlines for ‘First Stage filers’ we also noted that the first submission experiences of ‘Second Stage’ filers should hopefully run more smoothly.  To recap, Second Stage filers are often referred to as ‘complex’ businesses, as HMRC have determined certain features to their operations […]

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IRS Cryptocurrency Tax Guidance Fails to Address 1099 Reporting

The IRS released long-awaited guidance on cryptocurrency tax regulations this week, but the agency did little to clarify tax reporting policy. The guidance, the first update to IRS cryptocurrency policy in five years, is aimed at individual taxpayers and tax practitioners who prepare returns for taxpayers. The new information addresses information IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig […]

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Unclaimed Property Alberta Filing Information

Many companies ask me about filing to Alberta. There is some confusion about which companies really need to file to Alberta. If your company is located or has a branch in Alberta you should file with them. If you are a company incorporated or domiciled in the United States, Canadian property records should be treated like […]

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