Blog Posts in Sales Tax On Internet Transactions

All Posts
  • Florida - Economic Nexus & Marketplace Facilitator Bill Introduced
    Florida - Economic Nexus & Marketplace Facilitator Bill Introduced

    In the wake of the South Dakota v Wayfair US Supreme Court holding on June 21, 2018, states around the country have been scrambling to create new “economic nexus” laws. Mimicking South Dakota’s law, ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA SALES TAX FOR REMOTE SELLERS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX FOR REMOTE SELLERS

    In June 2018, the United States Supreme Court decided South Dakota v. Wayfair . The Court tossed aside the old requirement a business had to be physically located in a state before the state could ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA SALES TAX – COUPONS v. DISCOUNTS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX – COUPONS v. DISCOUNTS

    For consumers, the difference between a coupon or a discount does not make much of a difference most of the time. As far as a consumer is concerned, both reduce the amount paid for an item or a ...

    Read More
  • FL TARGETS FLORISTS FOR SALES TAX AUDITS
    FL TARGETS FLORISTS FOR SALES TAX AUDITS

    The Florida Department of Revenue has been focused on auditing florists for sales and use tax audits. I remember being told at an early age that sending flowers says “I love you” to the recipient. As ...

    Read More
  • FL SALES TAX FORGIVENESS POST-WAYFAIR: AMAZON FBA SELLERS
    FL SALES TAX FORGIVENESS POST-WAYFAIR: AMAZON FBA SELLERS

    After the SD v Wayfair decision on June 21, 2018, internet retailers using Amazon, Ebay, and other online marketplaces should be having trouble sleeping. Not only has the world turned upside down with ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA SALES TAX AND DROP SHIPMENTS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX AND DROP SHIPMENTS

    Drop shipments are great ways for sellers to take advantage of avoiding the costs of inventory storage when selling to customers. For a drop shipment to occur, normally an individual buys from a ...

    Read More
  • South Dakota v Wayfair Prediction - At least 5 Justices for Wayfair
    South Dakota v Wayfair Prediction - At least 5 Justices for Wayfair

    Below please find a link to a breakdown of each comment made by the justices in the SD v Wayfair case along with a prediction of whether that comment swayed for SD or Wayfair. The totality of the ...

    Read More
  • Florida Sales Tax - Voluntary Disclosure Program
    Florida Sales Tax - Voluntary Disclosure Program

    The purpose of this article is to discuss one of the most beneficial areas of Florida sales tax law – The Florida Voluntary Disclosure Program. Florida’s sales tax laws are endlessly complicated. ...

    Read More
  • 2018 Florida Tax Legislation Update
    2018 Florida Tax Legislation Update

    The legislative session has finally come to an end and the governor has signed into law the Legislature’s 2018 tax package. There are a few exemptions that are renewed from last year. There are also ...

    Read More
  • 0% Florida Sales Tax Rate?  Yes, In Certain Zip Codes
    0% Florida Sales Tax Rate? Yes, In Certain Zip Codes

    Tangible personal property imported, produced, or manufactured in this state for export are not subject to Florida sales tax when the importer, producer, or manufacturer delivers the property to a ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA SALES TAX ATTORNEYS and CPAs - Moffa Sutton Donnini
    FLORIDA SALES TAX ATTORNEYS and CPAs - Moffa Sutton Donnini

    If your business has a sales tax problem with the Florida Department of Revenue, then you DON’T want to hire a “tax resolution” firm that specializes in IRS collections work. You want a law firm whose ...

    Read More
  • Florida Sales Tax Exemption on Admissions for Resale
    Florida Sales Tax Exemption on Admissions for Resale

    Sales tax is designed, in theory, to tax the final consumer of a product. There are all sorts of exceptions to this rule as well as exemptions, credits, and exclusions that help Florida sales tax law ...

    Read More
  • MULTI-STATE TAX AMNESTY FOR AMAZON FBA SELLERS!!!!!
    MULTI-STATE TAX AMNESTY FOR AMAZON FBA SELLERS!!!!!

    ACT NOW! MULTI-STATE TAX AMNESTY FOR AMAZON FBA If you sell goods or services using Fulfillment by Amazon, a.k.a. Amazon FBA , then you have probably been losing sleep at night worrying about whether ...

    Read More
  • SALES TAX NEXUS - FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON FBA
    SALES TAX NEXUS - FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON FBA

    SALES TAX NEXUS – FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON FBA You just decided to open your business on Amazon’s Fulfillment By Amazon (“FBA”) service. Congratulations! This step is huge for taking your business to the ...

    Read More
  • FL SALES TAX NEXUS: FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON (FBA)
    FL SALES TAX NEXUS: FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON (FBA)

    Imagine owning an online business. The business has inventory in several states via Amazon’s Fulfillment By Amazon (“FBA”) services. This inventory is stored in warehouses across the country base on ...

    Read More
  • FL DOR WAITS 10 YRS TO SAY DROP SHIPMENTS NOT TAXABLE
    FL DOR WAITS 10 YRS TO SAY DROP SHIPMENTS NOT TAXABLE

    After nearly 10 years in limbo, the Florida Department of Revenue (“Department”) issued a Final Order resolving a taxpayer’s litigated tax liability issuing a final order in March 2017 finally ...

    Read More
  • FL Taxation of Florists Case Denied Cert by US Sp Ct
    FL Taxation of Florists Case Denied Cert by US Sp Ct

    FL Taxation of Florists Case Denied Cert by US Sp Ct I remember when one could understand the limits of a state’s ability to subject transactions to sales tax. But that understanding has been ...

    Read More
  • 2017 TIP 16A01-24 FL Sales Tax Rates on Cars for Nonresident Purchasers
    2017 TIP 16A01-24 FL Sales Tax Rates on Cars for Nonresident Purchasers

    2017 Florida Sales Tax Car Exemption for Nonresident Purchasers Florida Car Dealers – the publication for 2017 sales tax rates on vehicle sales throughout the United States has arrived! Florida ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA CPAs - YOUR CLIENT OWES SALES TAX AND THEY WILL BLAME YOU
    FLORIDA CPAs - YOUR CLIENT OWES SALES TAX AND THEY WILL BLAME YOU

    Whether your client is obsessive about taxes, remits every penny of tax collected, or doesn’t even sell tangible personal property – I guarantee you that your client missed something that should have ...

    Read More
  • FL SALES TAX ON DROP SHIPMENTS
    FL SALES TAX ON DROP SHIPMENTS

    FL Sales Tax on Third Party Drop Shipments Florida sales tax is, in general, a tax on the selling merchant that is required to be passed along to the purchaser of taxable items. This seems simple ...

    Read More
  • FL SALES TAX CLASS ACTION ON PIZZA HUT DELIVERY FEE
    FL SALES TAX CLASS ACTION ON PIZZA HUT DELIVERY FEE

    Few understand or even bring up sales tax issues when they order pizza. The next time you order pizza, take a look at the receipt and see if the pizza shop charges you for the delivery. Does the ...

    Read More
  • Retail Arbitrage and the Sales Tax Conundrum
    Retail Arbitrage and the Sales Tax Conundrum

    Retail Arbitrage and the Sales Tax Conundrum Target's designer collaborations with both Missoni and Lilly Pulitzer resulted in so much online traffic they crashed the Target website upon release. As ...

    Read More
  • 2015 FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY
    2015 FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY

    2015 FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY AUGUST 7TH TO 16TH Although many Floridians are still enjoying their summer vacation, myself included, the upcoming school year is rapidly approaching and Floridians must ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX - Online Travel Companies Win at Florida Supreme Court
    FL TAX - Online Travel Companies Win at Florida Supreme Court

    FL TAX – Online Travel Companies Win at Florida Supreme Court The never-ending national battle between the various counties and the Online Travel Companies (OTC's) over the Tourist Development Tax ...

    Read More
  • BURDEN OF PROOF & PERSUASION IN FL TAX CASES
    BURDEN OF PROOF & PERSUASION IN FL TAX CASES

    Understanding the Burden of Proof and the Burden of Persuasion in Tax and Administrative Cases The best place to start to consider evidentiary issues concerning the burden of proof and the burden of ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA USE TAX AUDIT LETTER?
    FLORIDA USE TAX AUDIT LETTER?

    Florida Use Tax Audit Letter? Many people in Florida are not aware that if a business does not charge you sales tax on an item then you owe use tax to the state of Florida. They are many legal reasons ...

    Read More
  • FL Sales Tax - Cash or Accrual Basis?
    FL Sales Tax - Cash or Accrual Basis?

    FL Sales Tax – Cash or Accrual Basis? While the age old question of what comes first – the chicken or the egg – gets much more press, the question of whether Florida sales tax should be accounted for ...

    Read More
  • 2015 FL DISCRETIONARY SALES SURTAX RATES
    2015 FL DISCRETIONARY SALES SURTAX RATES

    Florida's state 6% sales tax rate is the starting point for businesses and consumers to determine the proper sales tax rate to charge for the sale of tangible personal property in Florida. A majority ...

    Read More
  • 2014 FICPA DOR LIAISON MEETING SUMMARY
    2014 FICPA DOR LIAISON MEETING SUMMARY

    2014 FICPA DOR LIAISON MEETING For more than 30 years, the FICPA and the Florida Department of Revenue have meet once a year to discuss that state of affairs between our state's taxing authority and ...

    Read More
  • FL DOR SMELLING THE WRONG KIND OF FLOWERS
    FL DOR SMELLING THE WRONG KIND OF FLOWERS

    Would a rose by any other name not smell as sweet? For the Department of Revenue, this rose smells like a loss. The Fourth DCA took a stand for Taxpayer's rights in its recent decision American ...

    Read More
  • FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY 2014 - COMPUTERS & TABLETS
    FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY 2014 - COMPUTERS & TABLETS

    COMPUTERS & TABLETS INCLUDED IN 2014 FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY!!! While most Floridian's are still getting used to paying sales tax on Amazon purchases after May 1st, there is a way to purchase a lot of ...

    Read More
  • SHIPPING CHARGES vs FL SALES TAX
    SHIPPING CHARGES vs FL SALES TAX

    FL SALES TAX vs SHIPPING – TRANSPORTATION CHARGES Tax laws dealing with whether shipping, handling, and transportation charges are included in the sales price for sales and use tax purposes are ...

    Read More
  • PHOTOGRAPHY IN FLORIDA - BEWARE THE SALES TAX
    PHOTOGRAPHY IN FLORIDA - BEWARE THE SALES TAX

    PHOTOGRAPHY IN FLORIDA – BEWARE THE SALES TAX While destination weddings are growing in popularity – so is the focus of state tax departments on photographers. For all practical purposes, Florida is ...

    Read More
  • AMAZON STARTS CHARGING SALES TAX IN FLORIDA - MAY 1 2014
    AMAZON STARTS CHARGING SALES TAX IN FLORIDA - MAY 1 2014

    AMAZON STARTS CHARGING SALES TAX IN FLORIDA – MAY 1 2014 The sunshine state is a little less sunny now because all our online shopping through Amazon is now subject to sales tax as of May 1, 2014. The ...

    Read More
  • FL Supreme Court - Online Travel Company Hearings - 11:30 on April 30th
    FL Supreme Court - Online Travel Company Hearings - 11:30 on April 30th

    FL Supreme Court - Online Travel Company Hearings – 11:30 on April 30th UPDATE 5/2/2014: SEE A VIDEO OF THE 4/30/14 ORAL ARGUEMENTS HERE It looks like the string of cases between various counties ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA TAX EXEMPT ENTITIES - SALES AND USE TAX HELP
    FLORIDA TAX EXEMPT ENTITIES - SALES AND USE TAX HELP

    Florida Tax Exempt Entities – Sales and Use Tax Help Over the past year, we have received an increased number of inquiries regarding religious, not-for-profit, and other exempt organizations. It is ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA SALES & USE TAX AUDITS: DUELING PERSPECTIVES
    FLORIDA SALES & USE TAX AUDITS: DUELING PERSPECTIVES

    FLORIDA SALES & USE TAX AUDITS: DUELING PERSPECTIVES As one of the few Florida licensed attorneys to have ever worked as both a Sales and Use Tax Auditor for the Florida Department of Revenue (FL DOR) ...

    Read More
  • US SALES AND USE TAX SYSTEM NEEDS FEDERAL C.P.R.
    US SALES AND USE TAX SYSTEM NEEDS FEDERAL C.P.R.

    US SALES AND USE TAX SYSTEM NEEDS FEDERAL C.P.R. Consumer Private Reporting Legislation – Draft of Summary for House Judiciary Committee Exploring Alternative Solutions on the Internet Sales Tax Issue ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA 2014 DISCRETIONARY SALES SURTAX RATES
    FLORIDA 2014 DISCRETIONARY SALES SURTAX RATES

    FLORIDA 2014 DISCRETIONARY SALES SURTAX RATES Florida's state 6% sales tax rate is the starting point for businesses and consumers to determine the proper sales tax rate to charge for the sale of ...

    Read More
  • AMAZON & OVERSTOCK v NY CLICK THRU NEXUS - AAA-CPA AMICUS BRIEF
    AMAZON & OVERSTOCK v NY CLICK THRU NEXUS - AAA-CPA AMICUS BRIEF

    The American Association of Attorney Certified Public Accountants, Inc. filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in favor of the petitioners in Overstock and Amazon vs New York Dept of Tax and ...

    Read More
  • AMAZON APPEALS CLICK-THRU-NEXUS TO US SUPREME COURT
    AMAZON APPEALS CLICK-THRU-NEXUS TO US SUPREME COURT

    AMAZON & OVERSTOCK APPEAL CLICK-THRU-NEXUS TO US SUPREME COURT Over the past year, click through nexus has dominated the sales and use tax professional community. While many believe this to be a "new" ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - Leon County Loses Again
    FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - Leon County Loses Again

    EXPEDIA AND ORBITZ WIN AGAIN AGAINST FLORIDA COUNTIES Over the past year, there has been significant action on the controversy front involving the Online Travel Companies (OTC's) challenging the ...

    Read More
  • COMPUTERS & TABLETS IN 2013 FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY!!!
    COMPUTERS & TABLETS IN 2013 FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY!!!

    COMPUTERS & TABLETS INCLUDED IN 2013 FL SALES TAX HOLIDAY!!! Most Florida residents and clothing retailers are familiar with that magic weekend every year when the Florida legislature and governor ...

    Read More
  • BOAT CAR PLANE DEALERS: FL SALES TAX FORMS
    BOAT CAR PLANE DEALERS: FL SALES TAX FORMS

    FL DOR Forms: Planes, Boats, & Autos for Florida Sales Tax Clicking around on the Florida Department of Revenue's ("FL DOR") website reminds me of the John Candy and Steve Martin movie in the late ...

    Read More
  • AAA-CPA OPPOSES MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT
    AAA-CPA OPPOSES MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT

    BELOW PLEASE FIND A LINK TO A FORMAL POSITION LETTER SENT TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN WHICH THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEY-CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS OPPOSE THE MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT OF ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA MOTOR VEHICLE SALES TAX RATES BY STATE - TIP 13A01-02
    FLORIDA MOTOR VEHICLE SALES TAX RATES BY STATE - TIP 13A01-02

    FLORIDA MOTOR VEHICLE SALES TAX RATES BY STATE – TIP 13A01-02 One of the easiest ways for a Florida car dealer to get themselves in trouble with the Florida Department of Revenue is how to handle ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX ALERT: ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANY CASE CERTIFIED TO FL SUPREME COURT
    FL TAX ALERT: ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANY CASE CERTIFIED TO FL SUPREME COURT

    For the past two years, various counties in Florida have been battling the on-line travel companies for local tourist development taxes on the portion of the fee paid by hotel guests but never paid to ...

    Read More
  • FL NEXUS QUESTIONNAIRE - VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE LIMITS LOOK BACK!!!
    FL NEXUS QUESTIONNAIRE - VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE LIMITS LOOK BACK!!!

    If you are reading this, then you either received a Florida nexus questionnaire from what I like to call our "comrades in Tallahassee" (or Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York, etc) or perhaps you are ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - HUGE VICTORY for Online Travel Companies
    FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - HUGE VICTORY for Online Travel Companies

    FL tax controversy ALERT – HUGE VICTORY for Online Travel Companies Over the past year or so, there has been significant controversy in Florida involving the Online Travel Companies (OTC's) ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA 2013 DISCRETIONARY SALES SURTAX RATES
    FLORIDA 2013 DISCRETIONARY SALES SURTAX RATES

    Florida's state 6% sales tax rate is the starting point for businesses and consumers to determine the proper sales tax rate to charge for the sale of tangible personal property in Florida. A majority ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX - VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE CAN BE THE PERFECT SOLUTION
    FL TAX - VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE CAN BE THE PERFECT SOLUTION

    Upside Down with Your Florida Sales Tax? Why Not Voluntarily Disclose? During a down economic market, it is all too easy for a business to pay the power bill, employee salaries, rent, etc. and not ...

    Read More
  • CRIPPLING PENALTIES UNDER FLORIDA SALES AND USE TAX LAW
    CRIPPLING PENALTIES UNDER FLORIDA SALES AND USE TAX LAW

    People often talk about how complicated government regulation is getting these days and how it makes it very hard for businesses to operate in our great country. One would think that our government ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - Online Travel Companies Win In Broward County
    FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - Online Travel Companies Win In Broward County

    EXPEDIA AND ORBITZ DEAL ANOTHER BLOW TO FLORIDA COUNTIES Over the past six months, there has been significant action on the controversy front involving the Online Travel Companies (OTC's) challenging ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - Online Travel Companies Win in Orange County
    FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - Online Travel Companies Win in Orange County

    EXPEDIA AND ORBITZ DEAL ANOTHER BLOW TO FLORIDA COUNTIES In the never-ending national battle between the various counties and the Online Travel Companies (OTC's) over the Tourist Development Tax, the ...

    Read More
  • FL Condo/Transient Rental Industry - Sales and  Use Tax Issues and Savings Opportunities
    FL Condo/Transient Rental Industry - Sales and Use Tax Issues and Savings Opportunities

    The vacation rental market is a thriving and lucrative business here in Florida, and on a national level, that caters to seasonal residents and the tourism industry alike. Unfortunately, due largely ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - FL LEGISLATURE SUES ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANIES
    FL TAX LITIGATION ALERT - FL LEGISLATURE SUES ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANIES

    FL tax controversy ALERT – FL Legislature Sues ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANIES In early December 2011, I blogged about controversy involving Online Travel Companies (OTC's) such as Expedia, Travelocity, and ...

    Read More
  • FLORIDA DOR NEXUS QUESTIONNAIRE - A TRAP FOR THE UNWARY!!!
    FLORIDA DOR NEXUS QUESTIONNAIRE - A TRAP FOR THE UNWARY!!!

    Has Your Company or Your Client Received a Florida Nexus Questionnaire? If you are an out-of-state company and you receive a letter from our good friends at the Florida Department of Revenue that ...

    Read More
  • FL TAX LITIGATION UPDATE - ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANIES SETTLE WITH PALM BEACH COUNTY
    FL TAX LITIGATION UPDATE - ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANIES SETTLE WITH PALM BEACH COUNTY

    FLORIDA tax controversy UPDATE - ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANIES SETTLE WITH PALM BEACH COUNTY In early December 2011, I blogged about controversy involving Online Travel Companies (OTC's) such as Expedia, ...

    Read More
  • Escheat Update - Third Circuit Declares New Jersey's Abandoned Stored Value Statute Unconstitutional
    Escheat Update - Third Circuit Declares New Jersey's Abandoned Stored Value Statute Unconstitutional

    In the first week of January, 2012, I wrote about sales tax and escheat risks regarding Groupon and other online vouchers on our firm's blog. The next day, the Third Circuit ruled on somewhat related ...

    Read More
  • GROUPON / ONLINE VOUCHERS - BIG SALES TAX & ESCHEAT RISKS
    GROUPON / ONLINE VOUCHERS - BIG SALES TAX & ESCHEAT RISKS

    GROUPON / ONLINE VOUCHERS – BIG SALES TAX & ESCHEAT RISKS For about the past year, Groupon and similar online voucher sites have been a hot topic in the legal and state and local tax communities. As a ...

    Read More
  • Florida Considers Bill to Tax Internet Transactions via
    Florida Considers Bill to Tax Internet Transactions via "Affiliated Nexus"

    Florida Proposed Affiliated Nexus to Subject Internet Transactions to Sales and Use Tax On December 2, 2011 a bill was pre-introduced for the 2012 legislative session by Representive Honer into the ...

    Read More