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Marketplace Tax Laws Still Challenging, 4 Years After Wayfair

| George Trantas

Beyond the sales tax complexity of marketplace facilitator laws, states have used the Wayfair decision to implement new rules for marketplaces. From policing stolen goods to expanded income tax obligations, marketplace tax laws are far reaching. Here’s how they’ve changed, and how they’re impacting remote sellers.

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Automating at the Edge: Easing Omnichannel Tax Pain

| Pete Olanday

The biggest source of omnichannel tax pain has always been flexibility and the process of adapting to an ever-changing tax landscape. Companies who broadened the scope and breadth of their sales streams as a result of the global pandemic were better equipped to meet this challenge.

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3 Years After Wayfair Decision, Issues Continue

| Mike O'Brien

In our latest MCM CommerceChat podcast, Liz Armbruester of Avalara, and Kevin Permenter of IDC provide an update on the ecommerce taxation landscape, three years after the landmark Wayfair decision. We also discuss the tax implications of the explosion in ecommerce, and how adding new sales channels equals new complexities.  

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Breaking Down New EU VAT Changes

| Mike O'Brien

As of July 1, the EU is updating how retailers calculate Value-Added Tax (VAT) when selling goods into member countries. This extends a 2015 change to include low-cost ecommerce goods under 22 Euros. Peter Boerhof of Vertex helps us better understand the implications for sellers in our latest MCM CommerceChat podcast.

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Vertex Acquires Irish Firm Taxamo

| Mike O'Brien

Vertex, a provider of sales tax automation software, has acquired Irish payments and tax solution provider Taxamo for $200 million in an all-cash transaction, positioning it to address compliance with new European Union tax requirements impacting remote sellers going into effect July 1.

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The Pandemic Retail Reset and its Tax Implications

| MCM Staff

With 2020 in the rearview, retailers are seeing increased ecommerce sales, expanding into new markets and demographics. But emerging legislation presents a wild card, and states are auditing more closely to recapture lost sales tax revenue. Join MCM and Vertex expert Pete Olanday in this live webinar that explores the issues.

Ensuring Sales Tax Compliance in a Shifting Retail Landscape

| Mike O'Brien

In the era of ecommerce explosion, the lines between purchases are getting blurred internally. With stores closed or operating at limited capacity, many are now using them to fulfill ecommerce orders. All of this has sales tax consequences. This MCM report addresses the impact of the shifting retail landscape on sales tax considerations.

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Vertex Acquires Tellutax

| Mike O'Brien

Vertex, a provider of tax technology and services, has acquired Tellutax, a Portland, OR-based edge computing technology startup that designs technology utilizing a container architecture for business customers to deliver tax solutions. This is Vertex’ first acquisition since going public in 2020 and will help it compete with Avalara.

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Dustup Between California Tax Authority and FBA Sellers, Explained

| Mike O'Brien

The Online Merchants Guild is suing California’s taxing authority for holding Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) sellers liable for back sales tax. The issue: Is inventory stored in California by Amazon, which in many cases the individual sellers many not even be aware of, taxable? Scott Peterson of Avalar helps us unpack the issue.

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.