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How to Manage Consumer Use Tax in Your Business


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateMay 16, 2019
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaTaxes (Sales Tax)
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Best practices for managing use tax compliance

If your business is collecting and remitting sales tax in the states where you’ve triggered nexus, you may think you’re meeting all of your tax obligations. But if you’re not factoring in consumer use tax, you may be making a costly mistake.

Consumer use tax is the counterpart to sales tax but comes into play under many different scenarios. The most common triggers for use tax are when a seller doesn’t collect sales tax on a purchase, collects the wrong tax, or something about how the good/service is used changes after purchase. In thse cases, tax is passed to the buyer, who may be required to pay use tax on the taxable items or services.

For individuals, use tax is hard for a jurisdiction to enforce. But businesses face much more scrutiny and typically have stricter reporting rules. As a result, they’re more likely to be audited for use tax. To add to the complexity, the rules around use tax vary wildly from state to state. 

Learn more about when your business may be on the hook to pay use tax and how to manage this complicated issue in our upcoming webinar. Join use tax expert Will Rau as he reveals:

  • When consumer use tax is triggered for businesses

  • Why additional liability may be triggered after the initial purchase 

  • The 5 most common consumer use tax management challenges

  • How your business can step up compliance to prepare for and thrive in an audit

  • A peak into various ways you may actually be paying too much tax

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Will Rau

Senior Director of Product Management
(855) 259-3274


As Avalara’s champion for all things Consumer Use Tax, Will Rau is launching a new service to simplify and automate liability self-assessment and reporting. In his five years with Avalara, he's significantly advanced their connector capabilities, overseen the introduction of India GST to Avalara’s portfolio of solutions, and is currently guiding, shaping, and expanding all of Avalara’s Consumer Use Tax efforts. William currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with his family.

About Our Presenter

Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with transactional taxes, including sales and use, VAT, excise, communications, and other tax types. The company delivers comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions that are designed to be fast, accurate, and easy to use. We automate and simplify governmental compliance processes, including tax determination, exemption certificate management, and tax return preparation, filing, and remittance. Avalara’s Compliance Cloud™ platform helps customers manage complicated and burdensome tax compliance obligations imposed by state, local, and other taxing authorities throughout the world. Avalara offers more than 500 hundred pre-built connectors into leading accounting, ERP, ecommerce and other business applications making the integration of tax and compliance solutions easy for customers. Each year, the company processes billions of indirect tax transactions for customers and users, files more than a million tax returns and other compliance documents.