Sales Tax for Retailers

Whether you need help navigating a sales tax audit or are considering a new tax automation tool, PMBA is here to help you remain in compliance with State & Local tax laws.

When retailers experience business growth, new tax responsibilities may arise and feel burdensome. Maybe you’re selling through a brick-and-mortar, online store, or marketplace like Amazon or Wayfair. All of these sales channels present unique challenges to sales tax compliance.

Our tax specialists can assist you with conducting a sales tax nexus analysis, reviewing product tax codes, and implementing automated technology solutions for your specific needs.

Technology Expertise

With so many payment processing solutions, e-commerce platforms, and accounting systems in use, it is important to understand which sales tax compliance strategy and automation tool is best for your business’s tech stack. Having the right sales tax expert with a deep understanding of the top retail and accounting technologies can save you time and make your compliance process much smoother!

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    Comprehensive Nexus Study

    Nexus occurs when a business entity forms a physical or economic connection with a state. It may be difficult to understand where and when your company has an obligation to collect and remit sales tax. The tax specialists at PMBA will help you review your business activities by conducting a thorough sales tax nexus analysis and determine where and when nexus occurs.

    Sales Tax Audits

    In the event a sales tax audit occurs, PMBA can handle the full audit process for retail businesses, from the pre-audit review through the settlement process.

    Audits may occur when:

    • A company experiences rapid growth
    • A company doesn’t file on time
    • A company has past penalties
    • A company fails to register properly

    Sales Tax Compliance

    Our team will help you with your day-to-day sales tax needs, such as identifying where nexus occurs, preparing and filing returns, and implementing an automated tax solution.

    As an Avalara Certified Services Partner, we’ll help you implement the best compliance strategy for your business. Our team will provide ongoing support post-implementation to ensure that your staff is able to manage the solution for any future product or tax changes.

    Our experts are also highly experienced in TaxJar and Vertex technologies.

    Avoid These Common Tax Errors with PMBA

    Not Utilizing Sales Tax Holidays

    Sales tax holidays are helpful as they are often used to boost consumer spending. Unfortunately, there isn’t a standard list to follow, so retailers are responsible for tracking and taxing their products accordingly.

    Relying on Past Sales Tax Rules

    State and local tax rules can change with exemption updates, state boundary shifts, and more. If retailers aren’t updating in real-time, they may be out of compliance with new sales tax requirements.

    Miscategorizing Products

    It may be easy to assume that products within the same category are taxed similarly. However, something as simple as packaging can impact a product’s taxability.

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