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2021 Sales Tax Changes


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Presentation Length 1.5 hours

Recorded DateMarch 12, 2021
CPE:Not available
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Subject AreaTaxes (Sales Tax)
Course LevelBasic
Series: Sales Tax
Course Description

The business world encountered a myriad of sales and use tax changes throughout 2020 in response to COVID-19. Despite these changes, one thing remains the same: the expectation, on the part of state and local jurisdictions, that businesses will stay on top of—and compliant with—relevant changes to sales and use tax regulations.

This was no easy task in 2020. As more consumers turned to online shopping, many businesses realigned their focus to eCommerce, triggering new tax obligations. In addition, state and local governments throughout the U.S. cracked down on remote seller tax compliance, increased tax rates, and introduced new taxes on digital advertising and remote employees—all in an effort to offset budget deficits. With 2021 now beginning, businesses must prepare for potentially more sales tax changes in the new year.

Join Avalara’s Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations, Scott Peterson, for this upcoming webinar to make sure you’re up-to-speed on recent sales and use tax changes and ready for those to come this year.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Summarize the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 and its influence on 2021

  • Determine why understanding economic nexus and its triggers are more important now than ever

  • Identify new tax obligations resulting from increased marketplace sales

  • Define the international market and changes to cross-border eCommerce 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.