Sales Tax for Dummies, Really!

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Life lessons. They’re never ending. There’s the stuff that you’d like to learn like paddle boarding, pasta rolling, conversational Spanish, and there’s the stuff that you have to learn, like web design, drywall hanging, and programming the DVR. We’re guessing sales tax falls into the latter category. Because, let’s face it, unless you’re a member of Mensa (or a masochist), sales tax is hard. And boring.

But now it doesn’t have to be. Avalara wrote the book on making sales tax easy. No seriously, we did. Okay, we had a little help on the “easy” part from the folks at For Dummies. Yes! That’s right; those massively popular bright yellow and black books that that offer useful instruction on, well, everything.

Odds are you’re familiar with For Dummies. Hard not to be, with more than 1,800 titles to choose from on everything from sushi to sewing to search engines and now (with Avalara’s help) sales tax.

The beauty of these DIY guides is that they take topics that are inherently overwhelming to most of us and condense them down into something digestible. Who doesn’t love that? Sales & Use Tax Compliance for Dummies is a 49-page powerhouse of plain speak on everything sales tax from understanding nexus (the obligation to collect sales tax based on sales activities) to product taxability to proving tax exemption to registration and returns filing. There’s helpful tips to avoid costly mistakes that could led to an audit and practical reasons to consider automated tax software to make compliance easier to manage.

It’s a simple, straightforward look at a not-so-simple problem and a primer on why getting sales tax right is so important—and so hard to do on your own. There’s counsel for businesses of all types and sizes on how to make this process easier and business cases for tax-decisioning software that works right in the financial systems you already use in your business—from QuickBooks for smaller businesses to ERP or ecommerce systems for larger companies with more complex selling structures. It’s a quick read (and a must read)!Download your free copy of Sales & Use Tax Compliance for Dummies.

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This was a repost of a great article,”What a genius idea! For Dummies book series tackles sales tax” from our partners at Avalara.com.

NetSuite ERP – SuiteWorld

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Our team just wrapped up a few days out in San Jose at the NetSuite SuiteWorld 2015 event and found it to be extremely well done. This was our 5th year attending and each year the material keeps getting better. This year we sat through a few of the customer success stories and found many company’s have initiated some new NetSuite ERP technology representing major shifts in the way they do business. This helped cement CTO, Evan Goldberg’s comments about NetSuite being a Disruptive Platform.

Of all the customer sessions we attended the one that demonstrated the largest disruptive technology adoption was one of the meeting where LoveSac (Their product featured in our blog image!) presented on their future and how they’re changing they way we buy furniture and accessories. LoveSac, who’s moving to the new NetSuite SuiteCommerce Advanced functionality presented on how NetSuite has helped streamline their back office business while also improving their customer experience. They key to their future success is all about the OmniChannel experience. OmniChannel is a consistent shopping experience regardless of being in store, mobile or online. How would this change your buying experience? Imagine walking into a store and having the assistant walk over with a mobile device and show you your past purchases and what’s in your current cart. There are so many ways this can improve the buying experience and I can’t wait to see what the final outcome is.

NetSuite and the cloud are having significant impact on business environments and the changes are coming faster and with such an array of platform enhancement that I think we’ll see a leap frog effect in retail leaders. I suspect companies moving to platforms like SuiteCommerce Advanced will gain on and surpass their competitors. This is just the tip of the iceberg with NetSuite, but it’s clear to see the cloud is here to stay – In fact, I read something last week that stated 70%+ of mid size companies will standardize on the cloud by 2020 – that’s less than 5 years away! Are you ready?

Are you considering a move to the cloud? We can help!