American Sales Tax Tables


Bob Witte
 

This one is only for USA folks, of course.

As many of you may know already (and I only just found out recently) the US Supreme Court rendered the so-called "Wayfair" decision in 2018 that affects a whole lot of us in the domestic software business.  That decision now allows the individual states to force online retailers collect their sales taxes for products shipped into their jurisdictions regardless of whether or not the seller has a "physical presence" in the destination state (the now overturned taxing policy). 

My primary customer fits that category and has just gotten their first demand notice from one of our west coast socialist states.  There are services out there that can facilitate this process (like Alavara) but their easiest (and most expensive) API isn't going to help me with Magic v8.30.  Before you suggest it, jumping over 12 generations of Magic software isn't an option.  Version 8.30 does what they want and up until now, what they needed (and with what I'm looking for, can still do what they need, I'm sure).

Has anyone come across some COTS software that we can use with that vintage?  Or have you come across public domain sources for downloadable, ASCII  state sales tax tables?  TIA!


Keith Canniff
 

Bob,

 

You mentioned Avalara. They have a free file download for state sales tax and will automatically email them to you when they change:

 

https://www.avalara.com/taxrates/en/download-tax-tables.html

 

Sample download attached.

 

Keith Canniff
President and CTO
IntegrateOne LLC
www.integrateone.com
678-485-8665

 

 

 

From: main@magicu-l.groups.io <main@magicu-l.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Witte
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:13 AM
To: main@magicu-l.groups.io
Subject: [magicu-l] American Sales Tax Tables

 

This one is only for USA folks, of course.

As many of you may know already (and I only just found out recently) the US Supreme Court rendered the so-called "Wayfair" decision in 2018 that affects a whole lot of us in the domestic software business.  That decision now allows the individual states to force online retailers collect their sales taxes for products shipped into their jurisdictions regardless of whether or not the seller has a "physical presence" in the destination state (the now overturned taxing policy). 

My primary customer fits that category and has just gotten their first demand notice from one of our west coast socialist states.  There are services out there that can facilitate this process (like Alavara) but their easiest (and most expensive) API isn't going to help me with Magic v8.30.  Before you suggest it, jumping over 12 generations of Magic software isn't an option.  Version 8.30 does what they want and up until now, what they needed (and with what I'm looking for, can still do what they need, I'm sure).

Has anyone come across some COTS software that we can use with that vintage?  Or have you come across public domain sources for downloadable, ASCII  state sales tax tables?  TIA!


Bob Witte
 

Thanks for that Keith!  Although I wandered around their site, I missed that page.  I've signed up for the 15 states they have to report to and contacted Avalara to explore it further and will report back to the forum on my findings.


Andy Jerison
 

Watch out for the notorious East Coast socialist* state of Florida. They have an insidious wrinkle I haven't seen before. There's a statewide sales tax onto which counties can layer a surtax. But the surtax is only chargeable on the first $5,000 of a sale, so, if your client makes high-value sales, there's an infinite number of potential tax rates.

Cool, eh?

Andy 

*For non-Americans: in the United States, "socialist" corresponds to somewhat right of what would be the political center in the rest of the world. Florida's government is on the far right by world standards. 

On Wed, Dec 11, 2019, 13:05 Bob Witte <BobWitte@...> wrote:
Thanks for that Keith!  Although I wandered around their site, I missed that page.  I've signed up for the 15 states they have to report to and contacted Avalara to explore it further and will report back to the forum on my findings.


Bob Witte
 

Yea & amen on the positioning!  Roger that on the $5k surcharge limit and BTW, my Magic software supports that already.  


Wes Hein
 

My experience with government (however you view or define their political leanings) is that passed legislation rarely (if ever) considers the difficulty, cost, or time considerations of programming a solution, that is not their problem!

Wes