Did you know that states, local governments, and the business community have come together to reduce the burden of sales tax compliance on sellers? It may sound too good to be true, but the Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) initiative allows businesses to simplify sales tax requirements while also paying less to maintain compliance.
In today’s economy, SST is more important than ever as businesses trigger tax obligations in multiple states due to increased e-commerce. SST works to create more uniform tax rules across participating states and even offsets the cost of using a tax technology provider for calculations, returns, and remittance.
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.