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12 Sales Tax Tips For Small Businesses

To help your small business achieve greater success and security, we offer you 12 sales tax tips. Each tip was selected by an Avalara sales tax expert, and is designed to help you stay on top of the ever-shifting sales tax landscape.

Learn how to help your small business achieve greater success and security.  Read these 12 sales tips to help you stay on top of the ever-shifting sales tax landscape.



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How California, Florida, New York, and Texas are changing the sales tax game

Sales and use tax compliance have never been more complicated. Determining where, when and how to collect sales tax and for which products and services is impossibly onerous.

This paper explores several types of sales tax obligations that result from affiliate, web, ownership and other relationships.



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7 Deadly Sales Tax Sins And What You Can Do About Them

Because of this, many companies relegate these tasks to the back office, assuming all is well. In fact, this assumption
may be leading some companies to the point of no return.

These seven sales tax sins are common errors with potentially devastating consequences. Each sin listed in this white paper is followed by remedial actions.



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Solving The Five Pain Points Of Sales Tax Filing And Remittance

To this end, states are changing laws and regulations to broaden the definition of nexus, increasing the number of audits, decreasing exemption qualifications and removing timely filing discounts, while adding prepayment requirements.

As a result, businesses who already have to “do more with less,” find that keeping sales and use tax filing and remittance in-house creates challenges.



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5 Sales and Use Tax Tips For 2014

You think you have sales tax handled? You might. And yet the compliance challenges just beyond your view are the issues that can trip up knowledgeable sales tax professionals.

It’s time to take charge of changing sales tax requirements.  Download this white paper and learn how.



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Sales Tax and the Internet Merchant

They need to look at the impact sales tax may have on their business as they expand into more states.  Internet merchants should understand their responsibilities and liabilities as they do business not just in their own state, but other states or countries.

We may very well be seeing the beginning of a “new normal.” This paper will help you understand and be prepared for some of the basic requirements around sales and transactional taxes in the ecommerce world.



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Heartbleed — What Can You Do To Stay Safe?

The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability is making headlines around the world – and misreporting in the press and online is causing confusion. How can you stay safe and ensue your personal details aren’t leaked?

What Is Heartbleed? Well, It’s Not A Virus
You’ve probably heard Heartbleed described as a virus. This isn’t the case: in fact, it is a weakness, a vulnerability in servers running OpenSSL. This is the open source implementation of SSL and TLS, the protocols used for secure connections – those that begin https:// rather than the usual http://.

This vulnerability – more commonly referred to as a bug – essentially creates a hole through which hackers can circumvent the encryption. Confirmed on April 7th 2014, it occurs in all versions of OpenSSL except 1.0.1g. The threat is limited to sites running OpenSSL – other SSL and TLS libraries are available, but OpenSSL is employed widely on servers around the web. A fix for the problem exists, but this may not have been applied to the websites you regularly visit for secure activities. These might be online shopping, gambling and other adult themed websites or even social networking.

With this free guide you will also receive daily updates on new cool websites and programs in your email for free courtesy of MakeUseOf.



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An Unofficial Guide to Goodreads for Readers and Writers

In 2013 I read 51 books. That added up to 11,668 pages. Dedicated readers may scoff at that number, but that’s the most I have ever read in a year. The number wasn’t hit because of any New-Year-Eve self-improvement guilt, or anything like that. I just sort of fell into it.

On one hand, I moved far away from my job and spent a lot of time commuting on the subway. On the other hand, my smart phone could have easily taken over my entire life. Yes, I love reading, but I also love Arrested Development marathons, so it could have really gone either way. However, my numbers show that I am reading more, and I think that’s because of Goodreads and social networking about books. Introverts, I can hear you growling, swearing to never use Goodreads. But hey, hear me out:

1. Goodreads has both social and asocial tools! You can use Goodreads every day and never have to talk to anyone

2. The social-interaction is akin to ‘Bring a Book to School’ day. It is two readers next to each other, purring in rhythm.

My addiction to Goodreads is also professional. I am digital marketer who works in traditional publishing, and I am also a writer. And though I am not self-published (yet?), I have two words for those who are: Goodreads STAT.

So basically, I really like Goodreads. I use it for business and pleasure and this guide will talk about both of these perspectives.

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2014 Survey Report: Remote Collaboration Challenges and Strategies to Overcome

In late 2013, Polycom invited customers and partners around the world to participate in a survey that focused on collaboration challenges. More than 5,000 business professionals from all job levels, functions and vertical sectors responded, candidly sharing insights about their obstacles and the strategies they deploy to overcome them.

The survey reveals that 85% of the respondents believe video conferencing helps them achieve their business goals. See how they successfully use video in their profession and how you can leverage technology to defy distance and improve remote collaboration within your organization as well.

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