Pennsylvania Craft Beer Tax

Starting in July crafts will cost more at Pennsylvanian breweries

The Pennsylvania craft beer tax, beginning July 2019, means next time you go to your favorite brewery, bring change. According to the official bulletin, the craft tax is not new. The Department of Revenue points out it is simply officially reminding tap rooms they are subject to it as well. The old/new rule is frustrating consumers and brewers alike.

Clearing up the confusion

In a six page bulletin the Pennsylvania DOR sums it up as:

“In essence, manufacturers can now act as a traditional retailer when selling their products to the public for on-premises consumption, and distributors when selling their products to the public for off-premises consumption.” read more

Florida State Sales Tax – A Quick Guide For Businesses

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Florida State Sales Tax rate is 6.0% at the state level. However, with all of the local tax jurisdictions it can be as high as 8.5%

Economic Nexus?

No. As of right now, eCommerce sellers can rest easy for Florida sales.  They do not have any laws on the books matching the South Dakota/Wayfair tax decision. However, that doesn’t mean with more time Florida won’t adopt one. It seems every month another state is adding themselves to the list. In the mean time, keep checking back with us and we will let you know as soon as any of that changes. read more

eCommerce Tax Deductions

How to get the most out of filing with the IRS

eCommerce tax deductions process can be a bit more complicated than their physical location counterparts. That doesn’t mean you should miss a single deduction.

The Internet

Generally, you can deduct almost all internet related expenses. This includes the things that are direct to your business, like domain and website hosting services and also things like consulting a webmaster and paying someone to build or maintain your website.

As an eCommerce business, you can sometimes even deduct your home internet services. However, you can’t deduct 100% of the bill unless you can prove the service is only used for work. Still, if you can prove on paper that you use a percentage it for work, you can claim that percentage. read more

Jesse B Blayton Sr.

Accountant, Radio Show Owner and Professor

Early Years

Jesse B Blayton was born in Oklahoma, in late 1897 and went to school in Chicago. After graduating, he attended the University of Chicago. Then, Blayton moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to be an accountant. In 1928, Blayton became the first African American Certified Public Accountant in Georgia, and only the fourth nationwide. After receiving his certification, he taught at the University of Atlanta as a Professor. Eventually, his persistence led him to become the president of a bank in Atlanta, but he wasn’t done. read more

Delaware State Sales Tax – A Quick Guide for Businesses

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State Sales Tax Rates:

The Delaware state sales tax is actually 0%. It is one of only five states in the union that does not require sales tax. Alaska is also included on that list. However, Delaware does have something really similar to sales tax, a gross receipts tax. This tax is on the gross revenues of a business, and like sales tax it varies depending on the business activity.

However, these taxes are much lower than a typical sales tax, only ranging from .0945% to .7468%.

The state has no official economic nexus laws but has stated it views internet sellers the same as storefront sellers. They are all expected to remit gross receipt taxes. You can find more about their expectations here. Also, you can call 302-752-3760 specifically for internet tax questions. read more

Does the NFL Pay Taxes?

The NFL does pay taxes, kind of.

A Tax Free Start

In the 1900s, the National Football League and the American football league were two separate things, and they didn’t get along. However, before the feuding got out of hand, they reached a deal. Instead of two separate leagues, they would join and make two sides of the same coin.

But there was a catch. The two leagues joining would create a monopoly, seriously violating the anti-trust act. They successfully lobbied for a loop-hole solution to their problem. If they’re suddenly considered a non-profit then anti-trust laws wouldn’t apply. read more

Connecticut State Sales Tax – A Quick Guide for Businesses

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Connecticut State Sales Tax Rate: 6.35% (Not including local rates)
Phone number to the CT Department of Revenue Services:
860-297-5962. There is an automated service

Economic Nexus?

Yes, but with added stipulations.

Threshold: $250,00 sales or more
200 transactions

Also required is solicitation of sales, that can be anything from an email blast, to mailed newsletters or catalogs. Almost anything that involves a business intentionally contacting a customer to get sales

Effective: December 1, 2018

Connecticut State Sales Tax Due Dates:

When a business registers in Connecticut, they are set up to file either monthly or quarterly. If a business sells less than $1,000 in the prior 12 months, they are automatically switched to a yearly filing status. Conversely, if a business makes more than $4,000 in 12 months, the business is switched to monthly due dates. read more

Colorado State Sales Tax – A Quick Guide for Businesses

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Colorado State Sales Tax Rate: 2.9%
For local rates, Colorado publishes a Colorado sales/use tax rate guide. This document is updated January 1 and July 1 every year.

Want to talk to a person? Call 303-238-7378

Economic Nexus?

Yes. Sellers be aware. December 1, 2018, Colorado’s economic nexus law went into effect. Though they are providing a grace period through May 31, 2019. Their goal is to give sellers plenty of time to make the required system changes

Colorado State Sales Tax Due Dates

Though the Wayfair decision complicated taxes for a lot of eCommerce sellers, Colorado’s tax due dates are very straight forward. Everything is due on the twentieth. Monthly remittance is due on the 20th of every month. Quarterly remittance is due on the 20th in April, July, October, and January. For sellers that bring in less than $300.00 in taxes, Colorado offers a yearly due date of January 20, of the following year. read more

California State Sales Tax – A Quick Guide for Businesses

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California State Sales Tax Rate: 7.25%
Phone number for sales tax questions in California: 1-800-400-7115

Economic Nexus?

Not yet, but it’s coming. California’s economic nexus law will be effective on April 1, 2019.

State Sales Tax Due Dates

While the monthly California state sales tax returns are due on the last day of the following month, California also lists the regular due dates for the quarterly and yearly returns.
Quarterly returns are due April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31. The yearly reports are also due on the last day of January. read more

History of Taxes:

Tax Stories from Ancient Times to the 1700’s

While tax season can be a stressful and worrying time, it’s comforting to know you’re not alone. In fact, just about every known civilization throughout history had some sort of tax system.

Ancient World:

Even Mesopotamia, a place that existed before coined money, handled taxes similarly to the present day. They looked at what you had and figured out how much you had to give. Though, of course, back then instead of a check you’d give them, say, a cow. Another big difference is taxes in Mesopotamia taxes could include labor. Citizens sometimes paid their taxes by working on farmlands or even by military service. Yikes! read more