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Greg Chapman - Getting tax right for ecommerce

September 22nd, 2020 48:19 mins.
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Taxes have become more and more complicated over the years and you'd be blown away by how much misconception and misinformation there is on how you need to collect and remit tax.

If you run an ecommerce store, you NEED to understand tax properly. On our show today we have Greg Chapman, the SVP of Business Development at Avalara, a leading tax compliance software platform for ecommerce brands. He discusses a few of the intricacies of the tax system, specifically for online retail.

This is an episode you shouldn't miss! As an online merchant, small or large, you need to understand tax and get it right.

Some of the topics we discuss are:

  • What exactly are online merchants responsible for collecting and remitting when it comes to taxes.
  • Why are taxes so hard? Why don't merchants just use the tax settings built into ecommerce platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento etc.
  • What is considered Physical Presence and Economic Nexus, how does it affect taxes, and what do stores need to understand about it.
  • What are tax considerations when you start selling internationally?
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes merchants make when it comes to taxes that get them in the most trouble.

Our guest

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Greg Chapman, SVP Business Development, Avalara

Full transcript

Jay Myers: Hey, everyone. Welcome to another episode of own your commerce. This week, we have Greg Chapman, the senior vice president of business development at Avalara, which is a company that helps e-Commerce stores all over the world handle tax properly, specifically for e-Commerce stores. So we’re going to dive into a lot of things you need to know and think about when you’re selling online and especially when you’re selling internationally online. So Greg, thank you so much for being on the show and welcome.