Wayfair+2: The Impact of Marketplace Facilitator Laws Gone Wild

| Megan Higgins

Moving forward, one thing is certain: Marketplace facilitator laws will continue to evolve. We’re already seeing some changes in the U.S., with Louisiana going after high-volume 3P sellers during COVID-19. But states are also going to great lengths to pursue lodging and communications platforms and even food delivery services.

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Coming EU VAT Updates and Their Impact, Explained

| Mike O'Brien

The European Union is making sweeping updates to how retailers need to calculate Value-Added Tax (VAT) when selling goods into its member countries, effective July 1, 2021. Peter Boerhof, EU VAT director for Vertex, explains the various changes and their significance, and the impact for companies selling goods into Europe.

Pros and Cons of an Owned Ecommerce Website for Small Sellers

| Greg Chapman

Today’s small business owner can reach more customers in more ways. Between branded websites and marketplaces, the evolving nature of ecommerce means even the smallest businesses to effectively, efficiently reach a broader audience. But which makes the most sense from your business? Here are the pros and cons.

With so many cost-effective ecommerce options available to very small businesses (VSBs) with less than 50 employees, how do business owners know which channels make the most sense for their bottom line?

Three States Seeking Retroactive Sales Tax Post Wayfair Decision

| Douglas P. Clement

With ecommerce, catalog and other merchants still wrestling with the impact of the June 2018 South Dakota vs. Wayfair decision, some states are retroactively seeking sales tax from out-of-state online sellers. California, South Carolina and Louisiana are separately seeking taxes as far back as five years. Some question the legal justification.

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Navigating Ecommerce Tax a Year After the Wayfair Decision

| Mike O'Brien

To help ecommerce sellers better understand the landscape a year-plus after the Wayfair decision, Multichannel Merchant spoke with Mark Sieczkowski, senior product manager at Vertex, in an MCM CommerceChat podcast. Sieczkowski addresses registration, reporting and filing requirements and manual vs. automated processes.

Marketplace Facilitator Tax Laws: What They Are and How to Prepare

| Scott Peterson

Marketplace facilitators like Amazon, Etsy, Rakuten, Walmart.com and eBay, are now required in 10 states to collect and remit sales tax resulting from third-party transactions, and several additional states will follow suit. Preparation is the name of the game to be compliant with ever-changing tax legislation.

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South Dakota vs. Wayfair, One Year Later

| Mike O'Brien

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota vs. Wayfair forever changed the ecommerce taxation landscape in the U.S. In the latest MCM CommerceChat podcast, we talk with Mike Bernard, chief tax officer at Vertex, about the ripple effects from the ruling impacting the entire ecommerce ecosystem.

Sales Taxation Without Physical Location: Decision Time for All Ecommerce Businesses

| John Hayashi

Americans are used to hearing the refrain “we pay the sales tax” in today’s advertising campaigns, but in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair (June 2018), the phrase “you pay the sales tax,” may be what many small business sellers will hear instead in future audits of their business operations. Here is what ecommerce businesses need to know moving forward.