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Recent articles from the Avalara team

Read the latest industry information and tips from the Avalara Communications tax team.

In the wake of South Dakota v. Wayfair, the impacts for OTT providers could be significant. Here's what you need to know about the potential implications for streaming voice, video, and audio services
By Toby Bargar - July 9, 2018.
Tax laws are being adapted to account for newer technologies, like streaming services.
By Gail Cole - June 25, 2018.
Once a tech company has been deemed a telecommunications company for taxation, compliance becomes complex.
By Tony Susak - April 25, 2018.
Is your tech company at risk of being deemed a telecom company for tax purposes? What are the telltale signs, and how can you prepare? Find out here.
By Tony Susak - March 8, 2018.
Networks like Disney, Discovery, and Viacom are making major headlines as they announce new video streaming services, but what does the news signify from a communications tax and regulatory perspectiv
By Toby Bargar - February 13, 2018.
Avalara's Returns for Communications service will soon provide referrals to regulatory experts for the most complex federal regulatory reporting and compliance
By Avalara - December 19, 2017.
The New York Department of Taxation and Finance says cellphones are now subject to communications excise tax when they're locked or otherwise tied to a network.
By Toby Bargar - May 11, 2017.
One of the biggest unknowns facing communications service providers from a tax perspective is the Internet of Things.
By Toby Bargar - April 21, 2017.
The Iowa Department of Revenue ruled that Amazon's streaming video service renders Amazon Prime memberships taxable in their entirety. Here's what tax managers need to know.
By Toby Bargar - March 6, 2017.
If you're new to FCC Form 477, you'll be glad to know this one "trick" can save communications service providers from a lot of unnecessary headaches.
By Avalara - September 21, 2016.
Learn why Florida holds CSPs harmless from monitoring customer locations when they use geospatial data—and how this technology removes a huge roadblock to communications tax compliance.
By Sandra Thomas - August 18, 2016.
Quick question for communications service providers of phone, VoIP or broadband services who are still relatively new to the industry: Do you know what all of your reporting requirements are? H
By Kim Clark - July 11, 2016.
In this post, we'll go over the most noteworthy changes for fiscal year 2015.
By Sandra Thomas - April 6, 2016.
Among the countless tax challenges faced by communications service providers, tax on tax calculation is one of the most confusing.
By Toby Bargar - March 18, 2016.
As the pace of next-gen communications technology escalates, taxation may have a bigger impact than many providers are prepared for.
By Sandra Thomas - March 2, 2016.
Broadband is now a Title II service, which means it could soon be contributing to the federal USF. Avalara’s senior communications tax consultant explains what the move means for you.
By Toby Bargar - February 5, 2016.
Communications nexus is very different from sales and use tax nexus. Learn how to correctly define these relationships for your company.
By Sandra Thomas - January 14, 2016.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Verizon owes the state millions for a wide variety of services. Here’s what it means for other communications providers.
By Toby Bargar - December 9, 2015.
VoIP and wireless safe harbor ratios can make it easier to file 499-Qs and remain compliant. But are they right for your company?
By Toby Bargar - December 2, 2015.
With the rise of the IoT (Internet of Things), the era of truly BIG data is upon us. And buried in those endless data streams from billions of connected “things” is customer usage – a type of data tha
By Brendan O'Brien - November 24, 2015.