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Getting Your Business Off to a Good Start, Part 7: Operating in Other States

By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Small Business Tax and Accounting|Tags: , |

The biggest question to answer when it comes to operating in other states is to determine if you’re “doing business” in another state. In general, if you’re “on the ground” in another state providing a service or selling your product, you probably have a business presence in that state.

Getting Your Business Off to a Good Start, Part 4: Sales Tax

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: Small Business Tax and Accounting|Tags: , |

For a business in Iowa, the basic sales tax rate is 6%. Some locations in Iowa also assess an additional 1% “local option sales tax,” which makes the sales tax in that location 7%. Sales tax is not an expense of your business. Instead, it’s a tax you collect from your customers and pass on to the state.

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Why I Don’t Fear “Tax Simplification”

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: , |

Now and then clients or friends will ask me if I fear various proposals to simplify the tax system, such as a nationwide sales tax. They ask if I'm afraid of becoming obsolete because of a "simplified" tax system. My answer is always "no," for several reasons.

What Taxes is a Tax-Exempt Organization Responsible For?

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: Small Business Tax and Accounting|Tags: , , , , |

Tax-exempt organizations are exempted from paying income tax and federal unemployment tax... but they might have other tax liabilities that they’re responsible for.

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Glossary: Sales Tax

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: Glossary|Tags: |

Sales tax refers to a tax levied by a state on the sale of certain goods and services. Different states have different tax rates and different rules on what is subject to sales tax.