October 10, 2016

Eek Commerce: Don’t Let Growth Get Scary

The following blog post is a guest post from our new partners at Avalara. Our Echo+ E-Commerce platform integrates easily with their AvaTax product offering.

When you’re running an ecommerce business, your life revolves around growth. More customers, more sales channels, more employees, more marketing: these are the kinds of growth that small business owners can take pride in.

But other things grow when your business does — and not all of them feel so good. Bureaucratic regulations seem to multiply exponentially as companies expand, and it doesn’t take long to feel mummified in red tape.

One of the most scary areas of growth for internet sellers: sales tax. States have recently started imposing requirements for many out-of-state sellers to collect and remit sales tax on remote sales, but it can be tough to know where you need to register, or even whether your marketing strategies — like attending trade shows, using affiliate advertising, or becoming a Fulfillment By Amazon merchant — could lead to new collection requirements.

No small business can monitor changing laws and regulations in every one of the over 12,000 sales tax jurisdictions in the United States. Rates, product exemptions, and even district boundaries are in a constant state of change, and as your business grows to collect in more states, keeping up with sales tax can become a full-time job fraught with risks.

It doesn’t have to be like this. When the taxes get tough, the tough get automated with Avalara products. Avalara’s state-of-the-art sales tax calculation and returns software can be turned on instantly in our Echo+ platform, so you’ll get guaranteed-accurate rates and simple, push-button return filing with no extra installation hassles.

Check out Avalara’s Sales and Use Tax for Dummies today to learn more about how growth can impact sales tax compliance.

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By: Mike Fleming

Chief Technology Officer