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From Mike Z <mz4whee...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: News: Democrats push for new Internet sales taxes
Date Thu, 08 Jul 2010 02:09:46 GMT
The reason I asked about TaxWare was because it is the only tax
service that still seems to be operational (from ofbiz), and is
certified by Washington State.  As far as I can tell, ZipSales was
discontinued.  As Dave points out, things are only going to get more
complicated, and it would be nice if a service was available that you
could easily plug into OFBiz, and things just work.  In WA state,
there are 1.6 million different ZIP+4 possibilities in 350 different
tax jurisdications.  Crazy..  So I was looking for a simplier way.

On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 6:32 PM, BJ Freeman <bjfree@free-man.net> wrote:
> two points:
> 1) the states are changing from nexus to point of delivery.
> from Washington State page
> Effective July 1, 2008, sales tax collection is based on the location where
> the customer receives the merchandise or service.  For retailers that ship
> or deliver their products this is a change in how sales tax is determined.
> 2) he asked a very specific question about Taxware for 9.04.
> no one by me replied.
> I did a google and searched my emails from 2003 to present.
> I did not find any documentation about the someone actually using Taxware.
> David E Jones sent the following on 7/7/2010 9:06 AM:
>> I'm not sure what it means to you that only BJ responded to your question,
>> but if you'd like to clarify I imagine someone will comment.
>> TaxWare has been supported for a long time, but it is not used very often
>> because it is an expensive system and there are many alternatives. These
>> days most people using OFBiz get tax data from their accountant or from a
>> subscription service and then put that into the OFBiz TaxAuthority tables,
>> or they use an online service instead of something complex and messy like
>> TaxWare that requires time-sensitive data updates on a regular basis.
>> This is extremely complex stuff (and looks like it will be getting
>> worse!), so count on this requiring some expense and effort. In the past,
>> for the USA anyway (it's different for each country), a company only had to
>> charge taxes for states, counties, and cities where they have a "nexus".
>> Because of that we have to support a crazy variety of tax laws, but
>> individual companies usually only need tax data for a few different tax
>> authorities. If this law passes (depending on the details) that could change
>> a lot.
>> Is OFBiz ready? Sure. OFBiz has been doing tax stuff for about 8 years
>> now. This isn't likely to be a whole lot different than anything done in the
>> past, but it will increase the expense and complexity for users of the
>> system to either maintain far more tax data, force subscribing to a service,
>> or use of one of the many complete sales tax services (like TaxWare).
>> How does everyone feel now about the opportunity to work part-time for a
>> few or perhaps hundreds of government bodies as a tax collector? Sales tax
>> calc companies might be a good thing to invest in, and online retailers
>> might want to not only get calc services but also make sure they have
>> indemnification guarantees for when it's wrong.
>> -David
>> BTW, if you really want a question answered the mailing lists are a good
>> start but consider this: if you aren't willing to do the research to get an
>> answer to your own question, why would you expect someone else to do it for
>> you?
>> On Jul 7, 2010, at 8:30 AM, Mike Z wrote:
>>> I came across this news article this morning, and I immediately
>>> thought of my previous question were I asked about the "TaxWare"
>>> status of ofbiz.  It was also noteworthy (to me) that only BJ
>>> responded to my inquiry.
>>> http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20009603-38.html
>>> So:  Is ofbiz ready for the inevitable?  Eventually, we'll be required
>>> to collect sales tax (and report) on a nation-wide basis for all
>>> ecommercce transactions.  How will this possibly work?

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