On today's episode of the Unf*ck Your Biz podcast I discuss everyone’s favorite topic - sales tax.
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The tricky thing about sales tax is that it varies state to state and it can feel like a total mystery to everyone. We know we pay sales tax when we buy stuff at the store, but how does it apply in the context of our business?
Sales tax has nothing to do with income taxes. Read that again. Sales tax is a...
Today on the podcast we are reairing episode 63 of the podcast where my friend, and sales tax expert, Amy Monroe shares the five steps to manage small business sales taxes.
1. Where do you need to collect tax (do I have nexus)?
This can depend on the size of your business and the services/goods you sell. You will need to know if you need a seller's permit.
2. How you register for a seller's permit
You will also need to search if there may be a secretary of state requirement.
3. What are the sales tax rates and how do you collect them?
Often the sales tax rate is based on the location of the buyer. You need to make sure you are also collecting any additional local, county, city and district taxes.
4. Know and manage taxability and exemptions
If you provide goods and services it's important to know what is and isn't subject to sales tax and when/if they need to be bundled together or specifically stated. The exemptions may be more nuanced than you need.
When a business is in the business of selling something, chances are they have a sales tax filing obligation. Sales tax is a consumptive tax, based on consumer consumption of tangible personal property.
As a business, you act as an agent on behalf of your state to collect the tax. The tax belongs to the state, not to you. Every state is different and even every locality can be different. There are local tax rates, but the state collects everything. You file it all on one form and then it's up to the state based on the form to send those tax dollars to the local government.
If you are running a business, you want to visit the state tax website to learn more about your area's basic tax rules. Failing to pay the sales tax and keeping it for yourself is illegal and can result in jail time. It's critical to keep record of your sales tax as part of your bookkeeping, consider keeping the sales tax money in its own bank account so that's ready to pay each quarter.
On this episode of the podcast I chat with guest and former Unf*ck Your Biz student Jen Draper about how she got out of the "Oh Shit" cycle.
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Dietician Jen Draper found herself in the "oh shit" cycle of owing back taxes and juggling those payments, savings, and loan pay-off. Jen wasn't sure what to pay first and not sure how to pay it all at once. When Jen joined the Unf*ck Your Biz course she learned that she wasn't the only one who owed back taxes and wasn't alone...
On this episode of the podcast my guest, Amy Monroe, answers small business owners' sales and use tax questions.
This episode is brought to you by my FREE Tax Challenge. Taxes suck but we all have to file them. I'll walk you through the 5 steps you need to get your tax documents organized and ready to file. Sign up for this free challenge.
1. How to calculate sales and use tax for something that has a service and product component to it. - submitted by Reena Borwankar
For the answer to this, and other sales tax questions, check out Amy on episode 21 of the podcast.
2. What if you have your sales tax ID but have not made any sales? Do you truly submit $0? - submitted by Jamie
Yes, it’s called a zero return. You may get asked to file if a lot of time goes by and you have not filed anything. If you do get one of these letters you will need to file the past returns. Some states will charge you late fees for not filing. If you are filing those zero returns...
On this episode, I answer the question "Are digital files considered tangible items subject to sales tax?" We're building on what we learned in Episode 21 of the podcast, discussing tangible versus intangible goods, and covering how the rules vary state by state.
Today's question comes to us from the Braden's Besties Facebook group (come join us and ask your questions today!).
The short answer: Check your state requirements. Most states will allow you to file you online and require you to do so once per year, quarter, or month.
If you need more sales tax info, make sure to circle back episode 21.
I’d also love for you to join the Tax Challenge happening in next month to help you get all your docs ready for tax season.
Hello and welcome to episode 22 of the unfuck your best podcast. As always, this is your host, Braden. Very excited to have you here today. Today we will be talking a little bit more about sales tax. Get super excited. So last Thursday on the podcast, I interviewed my friend Amy, who is an absolute expert when it comes to sales tax. So we talked about sales tax, a one Oh one. So this topic is of interest to you, or maybe it's not an interest. You could give a shit less about sales tax, but...
Hello and welcome to episode 21 of the unfuck your vis podcast. As always, I am your host, Braden. Super excited to have you here. If you could see the setup we have right now, it would probably be funny, I'll should upload a screenshot to the show notes. Amy and I are like snuggled closely in my office because luckily we both work at the same office building so it makes recording really easy. Uh, what we're going to do today is Amy is a sales tax, just like master mind person. She knows all the things that are needed to know about sales tax. So she is going to walk us through this title episode, laying the groundwork for sales tax. So do a little bit more of a proper introduction. Amy Monroe is a partner or employee. I'm an employee, an employee, but like my boss would love it if I was...
Hello friend and welcome to episode 20 of the unfuck your biz podcast. Today we will be tackling another question just like we do every Tuesday. If you are new to the podcast. The way this works is I take questions in my Facebook group so you can join and ask one, it's called Brayden's besties, B, R, a, D, E. N. so search that on Facebook, join the group and you can ask a question that I may eventually tackle here on the podcast. So today's question is, am I supposed to be adding slash charging sales tax to my VA invoices? I am in California. If you don't know, VA stands for virtual assistant. So virtual assistants will typically do any kind of small business management tasks. They work on social media management, they can do email management, calendaring, all that kind of stuff. Some graphic design, you get the picture.