The business world encountered a myriad of sales and use tax changes throughout 2020 in response to COVID-19. Despite these changes, one thing remains the same: the expectation, on the part of state and local jurisdictions, that businesses will stay on top of—and compliant with—relevant changes to sales and use tax regulations.
This was no easy task in 2020. As more consumers turned to online shopping, many businesses realigned their focus to eCommerce, triggering new tax obligations. In addition, state and local governments throughout the U.S. cracked down on remote seller tax compliance, increased tax rates, and introduced new taxes on digital advertising and remote employees—all in an effort to offset budget deficits. With 2021 now beginning, businesses must prepare for potentially more sales tax changes in the new year.
Join Avalara’s Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations, Scott Peterson, for this upcoming webinar to make sure you’re up-to-speed on recent sales and use tax changes and ready for those to come this year.
Scott Peterson is Avalara’s Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations. Prior to Avalara, he was the first Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board—an organization devoted to making sales tax more straightforward and more uniform for the benefit of businesses. Scott also spent 10 years as the Director of the South Dakota Sales Tax Division and 12 years providing research and legal writing for the South Dakota Legislature.