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What’s That ‘New’ Charge On Your Amazon Bill?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
Amazon Looks To Drone Delivery - Rea & Associates - Ohio CPA Firm

Amazon appears to be unaffected by the possible repercussions of adding sales tax to customer’s invoices as its focus seems to have shifted from a superior price point strategy to high efficiency and extra speedy service. According to reports, the online giant continues to move forward with initiatives that promise even speedier delivery – further cutting the time it takes for a product to hit the customer’s front porch after the order was placed.

If you aren’t already aware, Amazon is in the process of bringing three of its data centers and a distribution center to Ohio. And yes, the company’s decision to open up shop in the Buckeye State is expected to boost the state-wide economy and add about 1,000 jobs to the ranks. But what is generating the most excitement these days (at least throughout Ohio’s retail industry) is the company’s new responsibility to collect sales tax from our state’s shoppers.

Read: If You Buy Online You Might Owe Use Tax

Traditional retailers anticipate this move will effectively level the playing field, helping encourage the growth of the state’s locally-owned businesses. Amazon, however, appears to be unaffected by the possible repercussions of adding sales tax to customer’s invoices as its focus seems to have shifted from a superior price point strategy to high efficiency and extra speedy service. [SPOILER ALERT: Drone delivery appears to be imminent!] According to reports, the online giant continues to move forward with initiatives that promise even speedier delivery – further cutting the time it takes for a product to hit the customer’s front porch after the order was placed. The company is also exploring ways to keep the cost associated with such speed minimal – information from the US Patent and Trademark Office reveals the company’s desire to “dominate the skies.”

Ohio-Based Amazon Shoppers Begin Paying Sales Tax

Paying taxes on your purchased items is not a new phenomenon. In fact, you’re probably not too shocked to see the roughly 7 percent (based on your county) charge permanently affixed to the bottom portion your receipts whenever your purchase a variety of products from a local brick-and-mortar shop. Until June 1 though, Ohio residents didn’t see this charge when purchasing products from Amazon, simply because the online retailer wasn’t required to make those living in the Buckeye State pay these taxes.

In Ohio, only vendors with a physical presence in the state, such as a storefront, warehouse, factory or call center, must charge sales tax to in-state customers. Otherwise, it’s up to individual taxpayers to report and pay the taxes when filing their annual tax returns, which is a relatively uncommon practice.

“The Ohio Department of Taxation has estimated that Ohio will lose out on about $400 million in unpaid sales or use tax on unpaid sales or use tax on so-called remote sales this year,” reported The Columbus Dispatch. “More than 5 million Ohioans filed tax returns for 2012. Of those, a little more than 50,000 paid a total of $3 million in taxes due on Internet or mail-order purchases. Retail groups and analysts welcomed the news that Amazon will start collecting taxes.”

Ohio Taxpayers Still On The Hook For Other Purchases

It may seem like it’s too soon to start thinking about your 2015 tax return, it’s actually a great time to start collecting information you will need to complete your paperwork early next year. For example, while you won’t need to collect your Amazon receipts anymore, you may have to keep tabs of your Etsy habit (for example) to help make calculating your 2015 use tax as simple as possible.

Email Rea & Associates to learn more about use tax.

By Joe Popp, JD, LLM (Dublin office)

 

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If You Buy Online You Might Owe Use Tax

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Ohio Use Tax

Amazon purchases aren’t the only ones to consider when you sit down to file your tax return this year. Other popular online retailers and groups, including Etsy, are also depending on their consumers to pay use taxes on the products they sell. – Rea & Associates – Ohio CPA Firm

If you are one of the millions of people who love to browse and buy online, it may shock you to learn that the Ohio Department of Taxation is looking at you to declare and pay a little more when you go to file your 2014 tax return. From gifts to grocery shopping, many of us use the ease of online shopping to snag a good deal and avoid the hassle of braving the brick-and-mortar shops – especially during the holidays, but sometimes that convenience might come at a price.

Were you charged sales tax for that pair of shoes you bought last October or those books you had shipped to your house in June? If the company you made purchases from doesn’t have facilities in the state or a law that requires it to collect sales taxes for your state, then it’s likely you owe use tax to Ohio – and you have to report your use tax on Line 19 of your Ohio Form IT 1040.

Use Tax Is Not A New Tax

Declaring and paying sales and use tax on your state tax return is not a new responsibility. The Ohio Department of Taxation states that “in transactions where sales tax was due but not collected by the vendor or seller, a use tax of equal amount is due from the consumer.” In Ohio, the use tax rate is the same as sales tax rate you would have paid if sales tax was correctly charged by the vendor.  This is usually the place of purchase (or your home address for shipments from outside Ohio). You can read Ohio’s use tax law in its entirety here.

As a courtesy, Amazon provides a brief explanation of the consumer’s responsibility to pay use tax on its website. Because Amazon suspects its customers aren’t keeping a file of receipts, the online retailer provides customers with the option to create and download an Order History Report, which compiles your download, shipment, return and refund activity and can be used to help calculate use tax.

But your Amazon purchases aren’t the only ones to consider when you sit down to file your tax return this year. Other popular online retailers and groups, including Etsy, are also depending on their consumers to pay use taxes on the products they sell. So make sure you take a second look at that packing slip and receipt.

Little Box, Big Pause

While the responsibility of paying use tax isn’t new, this is the first year taxpayers in Ohio are required to certify their use tax claim before filing their return with the state. If you didn’t shop online or make a “sales tax-free” purchase, you should have nothing to worry about – simply check the box and continue on. On the other hand, if you did partake in online retail therapy in 2014 and don’t have your receipts handy, you may have to pause your tax preparation to give yourself a little more time to find out what you owe.

To find out more use tax, email Rea & Associates.

By Joe Popp, JD, LLM (Dublin office)

 

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How Might You Be Impacted By Ohio’s New Budget?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
On Sunday, June 30, 2013, while some people were celebrating birthdays, or anniversaries, or other significant milestones in their lives, Ohio Governor John Kasich was signing Ohio’s new biannual budget bill into law.  (more…)
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A Use Tax Audit Could Cost You Big

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The State of Ohio is looking for additional tax dollars, and they’re not going to give you the benefit of the doubt if your business is audited for use tax. But you may be able to avoid a use tax audit if you qualify for a one-time opportunity to enter into the State of Ohio’s amnesty program. (more…)

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Do You Have Ohio Use Tax Exposure?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Commonly Overlooked Ohio Use Tax Liabilities

For the last year, we’ve been telling you about the State of Ohio’s efforts to step up enforcement of its use tax law. Use tax can be thought of as a companion tax to sales tax. In many cases, if you didn’t pay Ohio sales tax, chances are you will owe Ohio use tax. (more…)

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How many kinds of tax amnesty does Ohio have?

Friday, May 11th, 2012
A lot of people call our office looking for information about Ohio tax amnesty.  When we ask them which one they mean, they say, “You mean there’s more than one?!”

Actually, there are two types of Ohio tax amnesty running right now:

  • Ohio General Tax Amnesty
  • Ohio Consumer’s Use Tax Amnesty (more…)
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Could Ohio Use Tax Amnesty expose vendors who aren’t charging sales tax?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Over the last year, you’ve heard a lot about Ohio’s Use Tax Education program, which has since become the Use Tax Amnesty program.  Use tax is tax that is owed on goods and purchases for which sales tax should have been charged, but wasn’t.  It’s a great program, assisting Ohio taxpayers in getting current with their Ohio use tax liabilities and waiving penalties and interest.  Ohio’s got another tax amnesty program, General Tax Amnesty (which includes sales tax) starting this week – which makes this a good time to mention a darker side to the Use Tax Amnesty program and how it could impact vendors. (more…)

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Is Ohio Use Tax Amnesty just for companies?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Everyone’s heard of sales tax.  That extra 7-ish percent that you pay on all of your purchases that goes to the State of Ohio.  But many consumers haven’t heard of use tax.  An accompaniment to sales tax, use tax is a tax on the goods and services that you should have had to pay sales tax on, but didn’t.  Confused? (more…)

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How do you participate in Ohio’s use tax amnesty program?

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The requirements for participating in the State of Ohio’s use tax amnesty program’s payment program just got a little easier. (more…)

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How Can You Track Use Tax in QuickBooks?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Now that you have filed for use tax amnesty and are all set up with an account, how are you going to track it daily going forward? If you use QuickBooks, the answer is as simple as 1-2-3. (more…)

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Sooner Rather Than Later? Why You Should Do Ohio Use Tax Amnesty Now

Monday, December 19th, 2011

For the past several months, we’ve told you about Ohio’s use tax amnesty program. You may have read that the program will continue through April 1, 2013. So why should you participate in the amnesty program now rather than later? Here are four reasons. (more…)

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Ready for a Walk Through Ohio’s Use Tax Amnesty Process?

Monday, November 28th, 2011

If you owe use tax, you currently have an opportunity to save thousands of dollars in use tax, interest and penalties thanks to Ohio’s use tax amnesty program. The program is one of the most taxpayer-friendly programs ever enacted by the State of Ohio. (more…)

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Guarantor Requirements for Ohio Use Tax Payment Plan Changed

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The requirements for participating in the State of Ohio’s use tax amnesty program’s payment program just got a little easier. (more…)

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Understand Ohio’s New Use Tax Amnesty Program?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

A new use tax amnesty program in Ohio will provide businesses with a one-time opportunity to save thousands of dollars in use tax, interest and penalties. This program was established by the Ohio legislature as part of Ohio’s biennial budget bill that passed in early July 2011.  Ohio’s amnesty program is one of the most taxpayer-friendly programs ever enacted by the State of Ohio. (more…)

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Heard about Ohio’s Use Tax Amnesty Program? Learn More at Our Webinar

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Rea & Associates, Inc. will host a webinar detailing Ohio’s use tax amnesty program on Thursday, September 8. The webinar will provide details on what the amnesty program does, how it will work and what steps businesses should take to participate.

What is the Ohio Use Tax Amnesty Program?

The Ohio legislature established Ohio’s use tax amnesty program as part of Ohio’s biennial budget bill that passed in early July 2011. It is an improved version of the voluntary disclosure agreement program (VDA) that has existed for some time. Among other things, the new law eliminates several years of unpaid use tax liabilities for over 300,000 Ohio businesses, by:

  • Shortening the statute of limitations
  • Shortening the look-back period for amnesty participants
  • Abating all penalties and interest for amnesty participants
  • Providing a payment plan for those who cannot pay the entire use tax due

We will provide details about what to do if your business enrolled in the use tax voluntary disclosure program earlier this year. The VDA program is still open for taxpayers who don’t qualify for amnesty. However, guidance from Ohio indicates that all taxpayers qualifying for the amnesty program will need to use this new amnesty program, even if they have a VDA in process.

Ohio’s use tax amnesty program will operate October 1, 2011 through May 1, 2013, and applies to businesses that have not been issued a formal assessment as of early July 2011. We’ll walk webinar participants through Ohio’s use tax amnesty enrollment process step-by-step.

The new amnesty program will provide Ohio businesses with a one-time opportunity to save thousands of dollars in use tax, interest and penalties. It is one of the most taxpayer-friendly programs ever enacted by the State of Ohio. As our government looks for additional revenue, it’s certainly possible that this program could change or be eliminated at a later date – so be sure to take advantage of it now while it is in effect.

To learn more or register for the webinar, click here.

Contact Our Ohio Use Tax Professionals

If you are unsure what to do regarding the Ohio Use Tax Amnesty Program, then contact us now! For additional information please contact Chad Bice, CPA at  740.454.3198, or click here to contact Chad. In a brief consultation he can assess your situation and determine the best way to proceed.
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Confused About Ohio’s New Use Tax Amnesty?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

As we’ve mentioned over the past several weeks, Ohio businesses have a one-time opportunity to save thousands of dollars in use tax, interest and penalties thanks to a new use tax amnesty program. This program was recently established by the Ohio legislature as part of Ohio’s biennial budget bill that passed in early July 2011.  Ohio’s amnesty program is one of the most taxpayer-friendly programs ever enacted by the State of Ohio. (more…)

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Ohio’s Use Tax Amnesty Program

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Your Ohio business has a one-time opportunity to lessen your use tax liability due to a use tax amnesty measure recently passed as part of Ohio’s budget bill. It’s one of the most taxpayer-friendly laws the State of Ohio has ever enacted. (more…)
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A One-Time Opportunity? Proposed Ohio Use Tax Amnesty Program Explained

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Ohio businesses may have a one-time opportunity to lessen their use tax liability due to a use tax amnesty measure in Ohio’s current budget bill. If passed, the law could be one of the most taxpayer-friendly laws ever enacted by the State of Ohio.

Note: Ohio has established its tax amnesty program since this post was originally created. Please click here for the most recent information. (more…)

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Ohio Use Tax Audits Find Big Liabilities from Small Items

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Note: Ohio has established a tax amnesty program since this post was originally created.

Keeping meticulous records has never been more important than it is today. With today’s governmental agencies looking for additional dollars, they’re not going to give you the benefit of the doubt should your business be audited for use tax. Consider these two recent cases: (more…)

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Have Questions About Ohio Use Tax? See Our Resource Center

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

As we’ve been telling you over the past few weeks, the state of Ohio is about to step up its efforts to enforce its use tax law. To help businesses better understand and comply with Ohio’s use tax law, Rea & Associates recently created the Ohio Use Tax Resource Center, an online resource center. As far as we know, it’s the only resource center of its kind available to Ohio businesses.

Note: Ohio has established a tax amnesty program since this post was originally created.

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What’s The Impact If I Don’t Comply With Ohio Use Tax?

Monday, April 4th, 2011

For the past few weeks. we’ve been talking about the state of Ohio’s stepped up enforcement of its use tax law. So what happens if you don’t comply?

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Why Should I Enter An Ohio Use Tax VDA Now?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

If your company doesn’t currently pay Ohio use tax, you will soon.

The Ohio Department of Taxation is stepping up its use tax enforcement. The department is conducting a use tax education program (UTEP) and will begin notifying businesses about their use tax liability this summer.

Note: Ohio has established a tax amnesty program since this post was originally created.

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What Does Ohio Use Tax Mean to You? Learn More in this Webinar

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Ohio’s Department of Taxation is getting serious about its enforcement of the state’s use tax law – and the longer you wait to comply, the more it will cost you.

Note: Ohio has established a tax amnesty program since this post was originally created.

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Worried about Ohio Use Tax? If Not, You Should Be

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Ohio’s Department of Taxation is getting serious about its enforcement of the state’s use tax law. Use tax is a tax that wasn’t paid, but should have been, on taxable property or services your business purchased. It most often occurs when a business purchases goods in-state, out-of-state or over the Internet, and the retailer does not collect Ohio sales tax.

Note: Ohio has established a tax amnesty program since this post was originally created.

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Are You Paying Ohio Use Tax?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Ohio’s Department of Taxation is stepping up efforts to enforce its use tax law in 2011. If your company does not have a use tax account, it’s no longer a question of if, but when, the department will contact you. (more…)

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