Q3 2013: Big Sales Tax Reporting Updates this October for Direct Wine Shippers

October 1 marks the end of the third calendar reporting quarter for 2013. Chances are, those responsible for remitting tax and shipment reports for the wine direct shipping part of the business are already prepping for the third major reporting month of the year. There are several notable sales tax rate and reporting changes affecting businesses who are licensed to direct ship wine in these states. We would like to shed additional light on these updates for our readers, here.

  • Ohio State Sales Tax Rate Increased 9/1/2013 – Semi-Annual filers should expect to report a “pre” and “post” rate change within all localities sold to in the latter half of 2013.
  • Maine State Sales Tax Rate Increases 10/1/2013 – All sales tax filers should expect an increase in the state tax rate this October 1. Semi-Annual and Annual filers should also know that they will need to remit twice this reporting period, with the first report due October 15, 2013. See our blog post for more information on the state’s unique solution to accommodate the 2013 state sales tax rate change.
  • Virginia State Sales Tax Rate Increased 7/1/2013 – Sales tax filers saw an increase in all localities this past July. Quarterly filers should be aware of an updated return to accommodate these new rates – Monthly filers have already been remitting at these new rates.
  • Arizona State Sales Tax Rate Decreased 6/1/2013 – Monthly and Quarterly filers have already been reporting at the new lower rates, but Annual filers should anticipate needing to report “pre” and “post” rate changes within several localities for their end-of-year reporting.

While the above noted tax rate updates are not the only recent tax changes, they are some of the more significant changes. Tax filers, specifically filers on less frequent reporting periods, should be sensitive to them. All tax rate and report updates have already been accommodated for in ShipCompliant. All filers should keep in mind – after October, the next big reporting month will be end-of-year reporting in January 2014 – it is a good idea to review your order data now to ensure a smooth reporting process at the beginning of the new year.

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