SALES TAX AFTER THE SUPREME COURT WAYFAIR CASE

I want to thank Joseph F Bigane, III, CPA, MST for the following article on the resent supreme court rules on sales taxes.   Joe is one of the most knowledgeable person on this topic and he wrote this article for particularly for small businesses.

SALES TAX AFTER THE SUPREME COURT WAYFAIR CASE

On June 21, 2018 the world of collecting sales tax in jurisdictions all over the United States changed forever.  The US Supreme Court held that it was no longer required that a seller must have a physical presence in a jurisdiction in order for that state (or subdivision thereof) to impose an obligation on sellers to collect the jurisdiction’s sales tax.  The dust has not yet settled and many jurisdictions are still determining how and when they will impose this duty.  Further, different states have different taxes, which for this article will all be referred to as “sales tax.”  Finally, the rules of South Dakota, the state in the Wayfair case, established a floor of $100,000 or more than 199 transactions in the prior year as the minimum activity in the state in order for the duty to collect to be imposed.  Other states may have different minimums but it is anticipated that they will not be smaller.

Having to collect a State’s sales tax is referred to as having “nexus.”  This is not a new term.  Before the Wayfair decision, nexus was achieved by having some form of physical presence in the State.  Wayfair did not change that; it merely expanded it to include the concept of economic nexus – doing enough business in the state over the internet or by other, non-physical means to exceed a determined floor.  If the business had physical presence nexus before this decision then it has been exposed to the obligation to collect sales tax for a time period predating Wayfair.  Such a situation should be discussed with a professional that can help you “get squared away.”

Remote sellers who now have nexus in states outside their home states are going to have to consider the following issues:

  1. determine how much sales dollars was earned in each state in your last fiscal year and

your current fiscal year

  • sales are made to the location to which physical goods are shipped, not

to where they are billed

  • sales of services have special rules, but generally will be sourced to where

they are received or, if point of receipt unknown, where they are billed

  • revenue subject to sales tax will vary by state. It may or may not include:
  1. freight and shipping
  2. installation
  • training
  1. warranties
  2. determine if each state taxes your particular goods and/or services are the

goods/services that you sell exempt by state law

  • are the goods/services that you sell exempt to some or all of your buyers
  • if your buyers are exempt, you will need to obtain from them the appropriate

state exemption certificate

  1. do you sell by drop shipment
  • these sales will now be counted to determine if you exceed a state’s

floor and either tax or an exemption certificate will need to be collected

 

Unfortunately, the states do not at this time have a common set of laws stating what is and what is not taxable or exempt.  So, sales into one state may be taxed while sales into a different state may not.  Some states tax most services (SD, NM) while other states have a list of “enumerated services” which they tax.  Here, too, there may be wide differences in the definition of what a service does or does not entail.  If you sell or license software you will need to determine if the state considers it canned or custom or both.

 

While there is no fifty state determination at this point, nor is there any serious indication that the federal Congress will intervene to provide a national solution, there are many states which are setting up their rules to be applicable as of October 1, 2018 or January 1, 2019.  So, you do not have the luxury of putting this issue off.  Collecting sales tax is an administrative burden but the money is collected from your customer and does not come out of your bottom line.  If you fail to properly collect and remit taxes, and the state(s) ultimately find and audit you, then the money (tax, penalties and interest) will come out of your bottom line.

 

So now is the time to talk to your professionals and determine in what states you will have to register as a tax collector and how you will determine the amount of tax you will need to collect for each transaction.  While a certain number of states are members of the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement and can provide a simplified method for registering and filing, it may still be necessary for you to invest in sales tax software to determine the correct amount to charge for each transaction.

 

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WAC – Sage Webcast Series Avalara: Automating Sales Tax and Certificate Compliance

From the specialized tax research necessary to maintain rates and taxability, to shifting jurisdictional boundaries, to evolving payment and filing requirements to even resale certificate management, the apparent costs and complexities of sales and use tax compliance are easy to spot. However, cutting-edge technologies and superior processing logic help manage the most complicated tax issues, such as situs, nexus, tax tiers, tax holidays, exemption certificate management and product taxability rules.

Join us on 7/26/18 at 1 p.m. ET as we identify the dangers and explore and opportunity to improve processes and reduce tax compliance risk with sales tax automation. By attending this webinar you’ll learn how:

• Avalara enhances sales tax functionality
• Exemption certificates work and why they are important
• Easy it is to manage and report on tax with Avalara
• AvaTax product solution set works (demo)
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Sage 100 – How to modify Standard Reports in Crystal

As a Sage 100 Certified Consultant we recently upgraded a customer from a very old version of MAS90 to Sage 100 and a new version. Previously they had many standard reports that were in DOS based screens that they liked. With the new versions of Sage all the Standard Reports are in Crystal Reports.

Our customer asked us how to modify some of the Standard Reports to make them more easier for their business purposes.

The answer to that question is contained below and we have attached some screenshots.

  1. In Sage 100 ERP, open the report task to be modified. In the example we did the Inventory Sales History Report.
  2. Click Save Down-Arrow, click Save As. Inventory_SalesReport2 as an example.
    Note: Sage recommends NOT customizing the STANDARD report setting.
  3. Enter desired Report Setting name and Description Inventory_SalesReport2 as an example.
  4. Select one of the following Types: 
    • Public
    • Private
    • Read-Only
  5. Select the Default Report check box if appropriate.
  6. Click the Designer button to open report in Crystal Reports. Click Yes to save Report Setting dialog box.
  7. Make the desired changes, click the Save button, and close Crystal Reports.
    Note: The .rpt file is saved in ..Mas90MAS_xxxReports<Inventory_SalesReport2> (xxx = company code).

Measuring Success…What do you Measure?

 

Every so often I decide that I need to get my diet under control.  The first thing I do is start recording what I eat in a food diary.  Why?  Because our goals are more achievable when we measure the steps that get us there.  Over the next month or so let’s look at some ways we can measure our HR and Payroll performance.

One standard measurement in Human Resources is TURNOVER.  This is where you divide the number of terminating employees for the period by the total number of employees in the organization.  But this number alone might not tell the whole story.  Here are some additional ways to look at turnover:

EARLY TURNOVER:  This looks at the number of recruits leaving in their first year divided by the number of recruits hired in the period.

REGRETTED LOSS:  Regrettable turnover is when an employee’s departure from a company has a negative impact on the team or organization.  The measurement is the number of employees who left the company but who the company had planned to retain divided by the total number of terminations.

NON-REGRETTABLE TERMINATION RATE:  Employees who left the company, but their leaving had no appreciable effect on the company.

CONTROLLABLE SEPARATION RATE:  Employees who left for a reason that the company might have been able to address if they had been aware of it.

UNCONTROLLABLE SEPARATION RATE:  Employees who left for a reason that the company could not possibly control, even if they had been aware.  This measurement would include death, military service, plant closure, etc.

Some of these statistics are readily available.  Others may require you to review the way you currently classify the terminations in your HR System.  Once you start tracking them, however, you will be able to see where you need to focus your attention.

 

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Sage 100 How to Setup a Recurring Journal Entry

Question: Mike, we own Sage 100 (formerly MAS90) and we would like to know how to setup a Recurring Journal Entry.

Answer: The Sage 100 Recurring Journal Entry can be setup as explained below:

NOTE: We advise that you consult with your certified Sage 100 ERP consultant before making any changes to your Sage 100  system. If you don’t currently work with a Sage 100 consultant, contact us, call 760-618-1395 or email us at info@caserv.com and we are available to help.

Steps are show below:

  • Essentially a Sage 100 Recurring Journal Entry is a monthly, quarterly, or some time frame that repeats for the same amount and the same General Ledger Account numbers. The Recurring Journal saves time, so you do not have to key in every month or period the same Journal Entry.
  • First go to Modules>General Ledger> Main>Recurring Journal Entry on the header select the Source Journal, Reference (Name of what you want to call the Journal), Cycle (Period that you would want to run such as MO for month or YR for year), Start and Stop Dates, and any Journal Comments that you want.

  • Go to the Lines Tab, set the Accounts, Debit and Credit amount that you want to use and any other comments for the lines and then Accept.
    • The steps above create essentially a template for the Journal that can be used over and over.
    • The next step is to run and post the journals, you can run one at a time or if you have many journals you run them all at once. Go to Modules>General Ledger> Main> Recurring Journal, select the correct General Ledger date that you want to run the Journals for, Print, and select the Source Journal, Cycle and Reference you want to use, in the example we just used Reference equal to DEPR, and then Proceed, this will create the Journal.

    • Then say Yes to Update the Recurring Journal.

    • You can then check and make sure the Journal correctly posted by reviewing Account Inquiry for one of the Journal Accounts as shown below.

Sage 100 How to copy a Custom Office task or screen to another user and company

Question: Mike, we own Sage 100 (formerly MAS90) and we would like to know how to copy a Custom Office task or screen to another user and company.

Answer: The Sage 100 Custom Office module can be copy as shown in the step outlined below.

NOTE: We advise that you consult with your certified Sage 100 ERP consultant before making any changes to your Sage 100  system. If you don’t currently work with a Sage 100 consultant, contact us,

Steps are show below:

  • You should first determine the Customizer Panel that needs to be copied, in the example below we have a Custom Office modification on the Accounts Receivable Customer Maintenance task. First you will want to open that task by going to Accounts Receivable>Main>Customer Maintenance. You should then right click on the mouse, Panel Setting and Customizer.

  • From the Screen select the Company and Users you want to copy from the “Modify and Already Existing Panel” and click OK.

  • The Customizer Panel will open, and you can read the Panel Name on the top, in this case the name is “AR_CUSTOMER. M4L PMAIN. Then close the Customizer.

  • From the Module task select Customer Office>Customizer Selection.

  • Select [Customized Panels] Accounts Receivable> The User-Company that you want to copy. On the right side at the bottom click on the blue copy button.

  • This will open another screen, select either All Users or a specific user and the Company to Copy to and the Except.

  • You will see a final screen and that the Customizer has been copied, in the example ###-XYZ indicates All users and Company XYZ, you can check to the actual company and user and you will see that the screen has been copied.

4 Reasons You Should Consider Sage-Integrated Document Management

Organizations across all sorts of vertical markets have saved money and grown business by optimizing their Sage ERP with a document management and workflow solution integrated to Sage. The need to go paperless is not limited to a few verticals; it’s widespread!

You too could benefit from document management. With a Sage Endorsed document management solution such as DocLink, you’d no longer waste money on storage fees, shipping, or the cost to recreate lost documents. Think of how long it takes to approve the average invoice. For many, that approval process is tedious – you must wait on other employees without any visibility. Now think of using a mobile application to access, share, and even approve documents all from your phone. How could a solution like DocLink Mobile benefit your business?

Still, we recognize that the decision to ditch the paper can be hard for organizations. We understand that some are simply set in their ways! Perhaps you don’t even realize the business process bottlenecks paper is causing or the unseen cost of manual processes in the workplace.

Read below for a quick look at four very common indicators that you too could benefit by going paperless:

1. If your company has two or more people working in the Accounting Department, you’re probably processing a good volume of invoices! Your approval process likely involves multiple steps and might not offer document visibility throughout. With automated workflow, approvals can be expedited and better managed. You can even delegate tasks to other employees (when you’ll be gone on vacation, for instance) so that business is never at a halt.

2. Does your company have more than one office location? What about remote employees? If so, you might be spending a fair sum of money moving paper between locations. You and your coworkers are probably familiar with the pain of not being able to easily access documents. By going paperless, you can eliminate unnecessary courier and postage expenses—and your employees can spend their time on more productive efforts.

3. If your company uses off-site storage facilities, you’re also spending funds that could be put to use elsewhere! Anyone familiar with the hectic process of pulling out those files will definitely appreciate the ease with which you can access and share documents in an electronic repository. Instead of waiting or asking for someone else’s help, employees can instead serve themselves and access files in your secure document repository.

4. If your company is in any sort of highly-regulated industry such as healthcare, food and beverage or manufacturing, you likely adhere to strict requirements related to the storage, access, and processing of files. This time-consuming process can be completely changed with workflow, output automation, and tight file security and history provided by integrated document management.

Do you fall under any of the categories above? Are you aware of different ways paper is bogging your company down? Join us on our upcoming educational webinar on a Sage-integrated document management solution, DocLink.

Join us for a webinar on May 17 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) to learn more about DocLink and see it live. See how DocLink can help you:

  • Eliminate paper-based bottlenecks like AP invoice approval
  • No more chasing down paper, view documents right within Sage
  • Allow users to retrieve supporting documents instantly and easily, on any device
  • Automate the delivery of documents and associated data to customers, vendors, partners
  • Increase control and visibility of transactions

Acumatica Cloud ERP Best of Summit Anaheim wrap-up and comments

Acumatica Cloud ERP Best of Summit Anaheim wrap-up

On April 26, 2018 we had the chance to spend some time with the leaders of Acumatica Cloud ERP at their Best of Summit Anaheim event.

This was an Acumatica Customer, Partner and Potential Customer event. We learned about the new features and enhancement to the new Acumatica 2018 R1 version, heard from customers that had very interesting stories of coming off very old systems and implementing Acumatica Cloud ERP. Some very long-term customers and some just recently making the decision to move forward.

Acumatica Cloud ERP now has over 4,000 customers and is continuing to gain much momentum in the ERP space. We look forward to hearing more and please stay tuned. The upcoming 2019 Acumatica Summit will be in Houston Jan 27th though Feb 1st at the Houston Marriott Marquis.

We hope this was helpful. We are very excited about Acumatica Cloud ERP . If you have any questions, please contact us, call 760-618-1395 or email us at info@caserv.com and we will be happy to help.

 

Sage 100 How to create a credit memo in Sale Order Invoices

Question: In Sage 100 (formerly Sage MAS90) sales order invoice entry why and how do I create a credit memo?

Answer: Normally Credit memos are done to return something such as damaged goods or the wrong item was shipped to the customer. You would do it in Sale Order Invoice Entry because you want to take advantage of the Ship to Addresses that are in Sales Order.

First, you will need to make sure that the Open Item or Balance Forward flag in Account Receivable Options are set to Mixed, which will allow you to do Credit Memos in Sales Order Invoice Entry.

Second, select Sales Order>Main>Invoice Data Entry, select the Invoice number, Customer Number, Invoice Type select: Credit Memo.

Third, from the Apply to Invoice Number box you can lookup the Invoice to apply the Credit Memo to.

Forth, go to the line tab and enter in the items to be credited, make sure they are positive numbers and Accept.

Fifth, you can now Print the Credit Memo and Update the Daily Sales Reports/Updates.