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Sales Tax for Online Marketplace Sellers


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateMarch 29, 2021
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaTaxes (Sales Tax)
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Selling through online marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon, and Walmart has become a popular way for businesses to quickly attract new customers and increase sales. But doing business via these online marketplaces also means sellers must adhere to additional sales tax obligations and understand the tricky marketplace facilitator laws that have been introduced in the last year.  

We’re bringing in our tax policy expert, Scott Peterson, to uncover the complicated rules of sales tax for marketplace sellers. Join us to hear Scott explain the basic steps to managing sales tax compliance for online sellers and how to determine who’s responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax: the marketplace facilitator or the marketplace seller.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define a marketplace seller (both domestically and internationally)

  • Identify the 40+ states that have enacted marketplace facilitator laws and what that means if you do business in those states

  • Determine sales tax obligations if a state has both economic nexus laws and marketplace facilitator laws

  • List upcoming VAT changes and their impact on international marketplace compliance

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Scott Peterson

Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations
(615) 598-4337


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.

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.