Tax & Accounting Blog

Texas Special District Tax Falls Victim to Its Own Complexity

Texas Special District Tax Falls Victim to Its Own Complexity

As comedian John Oliver recently observed (note: clip contains explicit language), America has an astounding number of special taxing jurisdictions (also known as special districts). There are about 40,000 such districts, which are used to fund things like fire departments, libraries, and mass-transit systems. Special districts have boundaries that don’t conform to existing geopolitical … Read More

Celebrating Small Business Week: Using Technology to Drive Local Businesses

Celebrating Small Business Week: Using Technology to Drive Local Businesses

Small business owners go into business for all sorts of reasons. They may see an open opportunity in a market they know well, or they may want to work for themselves and have the freedom to do things their own way. They create businesses they’re passionate about, which in turn shape the character of towns … Read More

Popular Washington Sales Tax Exemption Threatened by New Initiative

Popular Washington Sales Tax Exemption Threatened by New Initiative

If a recently introduced initiative passes, southwest Washington’s ability to lure Portland-area consumers may be threatened. Currently, Washington sellers may waive state and local sales taxes for residents of states (including Oregon, Montana, and Alaska) that either don’t levy a sales tax or levy a sales tax of less than 3%. According to a … Read More

Exemption Certificates Play Key Role in Criminal Case

Exemption Certificates Play Key Role in Criminal Case

It’s safe to say that exemption certificates, which play an important role in sales tax collection around the country, aren’t generally considered an exciting topic of conversation. The certificates allow wholesale purchasers to buy goods tax-free with the idea that those goods will be sold to retailers, who will then collect sales tax from their … Read More