We have some products we are considering selling on our website. Managing the money flow is probably the hardest part this endeavor.
This has been made more complicated by some recent changes in tax code.
It used to be we only had to collect sales tax from any state where we have a physical presence. That’s easy because we only have one location. Now, however, we have to collect and remit sales tax to any state we sell product into. Staying in compliance with 50 different taxing authorities effectively kills this opportunity.
Can something like Cartloom accommodate money management for such a random set of taxing structures like this>
I don’t believe that cartoon is going to help you out much, other than provide you the means to add taxes to the product purchase.
The change that you are referring to was based on the US Supreme Court (South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc.,) ruling.
That ruling requires the states to enact laws requiring remote sellers to collect and pay taxes. Most of the states that have passed these laws have a minimum threshold that the seller most hit prior to the seller having to collect and pay sales tax
a minimum number of separate sales to customers in the state, or
a minimum dollar amount of sales to customers in the state,
Right now is a bit of a moving target, but most states have a target > $100,000 a year. Last I checked Oklahoma and Pennsylvania were the only two states that had a < $100,000 threshold.
There was supposed to be proposed federal legislation regarding remote seller sales tax. But I don’t see Washington getting anything done.
So I’d say unless you think you are going to be selling more than $10,000 to a single state you should be Okay.
It’s my understanding that different state legislatures have the authority to tax these transactions. Being a small business is difficult. Is hard enough to just get your product to the customer without having to also feed 50 potential state legislatures.
I don’t sell physical goods myself. That said there are people who’ve put together complex charts for such things online already, which you can purchase, that have the information already. I suspect the information could be compiled manually yourself from public records but that seems like a ton of work.
As I understand it, your software has provision for someone on my end to input the various tax rates for various districts. Upon selection of a shipping address the tax schedule generates associated taxes for a particular district.
Cartloom does not have anything to do with ascertaining or inputting the individual tax rates.
Cartloom merely provides a mechanism to include them in the billing.
Sadly, the European Union requires vendors to apply Value Added Tax (VAT) at the rate applicable in the purchaser’s domicile. This applies to vendors outside the EU selling into it, too. It’s one of the many reasons I voted to leave the EU.