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Sales Tax Nightmares Come to an End

Aug 6, 2008
As a child, taxes meant little more to me than adding a few pennies onto my dollar purchase, but as an adult it affects the roads I can use, the income I keep, the price I pay for goods, and the price of living on land that you own. As much as taxes cost, they aren't entirely bad though. After all, I appreciate the new roads, clean parks, public education and other projects that they finance. The task of figuring out what I owe for taxes is another matter completely. In my mind, the process is a nightmare. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that every American experiences higher levels of stress in March with taxes falling due in April.

If you're like me and you just want to know that you're paying what you should by the date that it's due, it would probably be wise to hire an experienced accountant to handle the whole chore for you. Some taxes are harder to keep track of than others though. For example, property taxes are only charged once a year and road taxes like tolls are due before you even leave the toll plaza. Sales taxes are more problematic though because the amount you take in and owe to the government changes with every transaction. That is why sales taxes cause more headaches for business owners than the others. If you are having trouble keeping track of your sales taxes, you ought to invest in a little sales tax consulting.

There are several services that a sales tax consulting company can provide. Since sale tax rates are subject to change, one of the first things they will do is make sure that you are charging the correct percentage set by the government in your county. They can also register your business in that county.

Once they've established your tax rates and your legality, they will make sure that you are only taxing the goods you should. For example, sales tax usually only applies to goods that you can handle like a window, a box, or groceries while a service like a hair cut shouldn't be taxable. Sometimes there are a few exceptions though which is why sales tax consulting could be useful in this area. If you want to make sure all your bases are covered for things like audits, they can also conduct a compliance review and report.

The most valuable service they can offer is to design a system for keeping track of the sales tax you accumulate and pay off. This will probably require the help of a computer. After it is all set up though, figuring taxes at the end of the year will be much less stressful for you or your accountant. And, if you don't have an accountant of your own, most tax consultants will also take care of filing them.
About the Author
Consequently, if taxes are a major source of stress and frustration for your business, give Sales Tax Solutions (http://salestaxsolutions.us/) a call. For more information on their sales tax consulting, services and prices, visit their website. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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