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How Automation Can Improve Your Year- End Close Process

If you run into any CFO or budget manager this time of year, it’s likely they’re feeling the pressure of the year-end close. The next few weeks will be full of long days, lots of cups of coffee and maybe even a few sleepless nights. CFOs and budget managers feel the dual pressure of getting […]

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An Easy Way for Non-Technical Users to Get Outside Data into Microsoft Dynamics GP

Integration Manager has its uses, but I would not exactly call it easy to use. There is an easier way to get data into Microsoft Dynamics GP. Integration Manager is included for free with Microsoft Dynamics GP for 280 days. But in my opinion it is heavy and ugly and you really need to know […]

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Find Data With a Google-Style Search Tool in Dynamics GP

How many times a day to you click on the SEARCH icon in Dynamics GP? It’s time for a change. There is a way to find information 83% faster and even search for the information you need in third party (add on) products. To save time, you can even use one of the 4,000+ pre-defined […]

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List of the Best Microsoft Dynamics GP Add On Tools

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a great financial system. And it is made even better by the hundreds of add on tools available to enhance the functionality for each specific industry and need. In our opinion Microsoft does not make it very easy to find a complete list of these add on tools. So we developed […]

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2017 sales tax changes take effect Jan. 1

Sales tax doesn’t often make headlines, but soda taxes, marijuana sales, tampon exemptions, and online sales tax did in 2016. That trend is likely to continue in 2017. The New Year will bring new taxes, new exemptions, and renewed efforts by states to implement internet sales taxes. It will also bring plenty of the usual suspects, like sales and use tax rate changes.

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Election Day brings changes to sales taxes

Businesses need to be aware of sales tax changes so that they are charging the right rate. But there may be other effects of sales tax changes on businesses, such as when a sales tax rate increase may encourage customers to purchase in lower-tax locales, for instance.

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7 Ways to Use CRM Features in SalesPad for Dynamics GP to Track Customer Engagement

As a distribution company, how do you track interactions with your customers? DO you need a full blown CRM solution or do you need a way to track leads, opportunities, quotes, tasks and customers right in the tools your team is already using everyday? The primary function of SalesPad for Dynamics GP typically revolves around […]

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You sell what?

This challenge of categorizing goods and services is compounded by advances in technology, which are responsible for such category-straining creations as digital goods and services. In a few short years, for example, technology has changed how we consume our news.

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Pardoned turkeys give sales tax the bird

It’s an annual tradition for the President of the United States to pardon a turkey at Thanksgiving. Which president started the trend is up for debate, but White House history dates the first turkey clemency to 1865, when Abraham Lincoln’s son took a liking to a bird intended for Christmas dinner.

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3 tips for online sellers about drop shipping and sales taxes

Drop shipping can be a big boon for online sellers, especially small businesses that don’t have the funds or space to stock up on and store inventory. With drop shipping, sellers can take orders from customers for an item and then turn around and order that item from a supplier, which then ships it to the customer. The seller doesn’t have to handle the physical item at all, the customer gets his or her order, and everyone’s happy.

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How to Decrease the Number of Report Writers in Your Company

How many of us have more than a handful of reporting solutions across our business systems? I know it’s shocking, but most companies do use that many reporting tools across their ERP system and other databases. When looking to invest in a reporting solution, how you integrate and present your data is very important. It […]

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The dish on taxing deliveries

Repost from Avalara What can’t be delivered today? For the right price, consumers can have a car delivered across the country, a sofa delivered from granny’s attic, and a gourmet meal delivered from a starred restaurant. Some businesses provide their own delivery services, some deliver via common carrier, and some partner with a third party […]

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Do sales tax holidays affect consumer behavior?

Savvy shoppers know the value of everyday commodities, from the food they eat to the clothing they need and other essentials. They’ve comparison shopped enough to know the reasonable cost of products, and price point is always top of mind. Not everyone approaches shopping this way, but most people appreciate a bargain (does anyone not?). This is one of the main reasons sales exist.

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Happy Fiscal New Year: 2016 Sales Tax Changes take effect July 1

There have been a number of red-letter changes to date in 2016, most notably with respect to state sales tax rates and remote sales tax laws. On July 1, local sales and use tax rate changes will sweep the nation.

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More states dare to mess with nexus

Repost from Avalara $24 billion. That’s the amount of uncollected sales tax from ecommerce retail sales at last count. Those billions of dollars are a powerful motivator for U.S. states who are collectively facing $19 billion in budget shortfalls over the next 18 months. As states get more concerned (and creative) about revenue sources, they’re […]

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Who is Required to E-file Tax Returns and How Can It Be Done in Dynamics GP?

There are a number of great reasons to file your payroll and business taxes electronically this year. One of the best reasons is to go green. Want to save paper? Of course you do. Who doesn’t?

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10 business events that could signal it’s time to automate sales tax

The biggest barrier to companies automating sales tax is often inertia. Without a shake-up of the status quo, the de facto response is “why change?” or “I’ll get to it later.” It typically takes something significant to get people to pull the trigger on sales tax automation.

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17 Dynamics GP Add On Products Featured at CAL Connect2016 Event

In addition to the training and networking opportunities available at the CAL Connect2016 event on May 19th, a key value is the ISV Expo. We will feature 17 vendors who offer add-on tools and products to enhance Microsoft Dynamics GP. Instead of doing research online or via webinars, this is your chance to see the product in person and talk to the experts – all in one room.

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From maintenance to martial arts, more states are taxing services

There’s no doubt Americans consume a lot of stuff, but we now spend far more on services than goods. For the first time in history, we dine out more than we buy food to prepare at home. We stream music and movies rather than purchase CDs or rent DVDs. We even pay people to help whip us into shape, and then pay others to make our worn-out bodies feel better.

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Spotlight on HR, Payroll and ACA Compliance at CAL Connect2016 Event

If you are a Dynamics GP user whose job responsibilities include anything to do with ACA, Payroll and Human Resources, there are three special reasons to attend CAL Connect2016 this year on May 19th. ACA Compliance is still new and it is important to understand the requirements and tools available to make the process easier next […]

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What’s the deal with “sometimes taxable”?

Businesses must correctly deal with these sometimes exempt and sometimes subject to sales tax products and services or suffer the consequences. Knowing when tax applies to “sometimes taxable” goods and services is essential to successful tax compliance – but it’s not always so easy to discern.

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The tax you probably owe, but aren’t paying: A closer look at consumer use tax compliance

Use tax, the lesser known counterpart of sales tax, suffers from a basic lack of PR. Buyers and sellers alike pay it no mind. Despite 27 states having a dedicated line item in tax returns for reporting use tax owed, only 2% of taxpayers actually report it. This has left the states with a $23 billion deficit annually in uncollected use tax.

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Why Crown Maple Loves SalesPad Quick Reports in Microsoft Dynamics GP

Quick reports make my life so much easier. They’re fun; they’re easy to use; you can make them whatever you want them to be, however you want them to be, and not only that, you can change them. You can change them whenever you want to fit the needs of my boss, Annette, who needs something different every single day, and it just makes it timesaving for me just because when she calls, I have to give her what she needs right away, and those reports make it so that I’m able to do it so she can do her job better.

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We offer great insurance. Why is ACA compliance still an issue?

Maybe you are fed up with hearing about Affordable Care Act compliance. Your company meets or even surpasses the health care coverage mandated, so you feel all this ACA buzz does not even apply to you, given the generous benefits you provide. But regardless of what you offer, there are still components of the ACA […]

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What will be the big reveal for retail this holiday season?

30 sweet statistics on consumer spend trends for December. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. This popular holiday tune could be the theme song for retailers this holiday season.

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4 Ways to Be a Savvy Retailer in 2016

What does it take to be a savvy seller in 2016? Be smart about social media; be open to apps; and offer your clients the best check out experience possible. 1) Get social Many consumers prefer communicating via social media to other methods (e-mail, phone, or talking with a real person in a store). Once […]

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Let’s talk turkey…and sales tax

Turkey and taxes. The U.S. has a long history of both. And in 2010, the two converged in Virginia as part of an annual Thanksgiving tradition where tribal and state leaders pay homage to a more than 330-year-old treaty: then-governor Bob McDonnell was presented with a turkey (and two deer) by tribal chiefs in lieu of taxes. Unfortunately, paying taxes in trade doesn’t work for most of us. Depending on where and how you celebrate this year, your Thanksgiving feast could be served up with a side of sales tax.

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Let’s be direct: If you sell to consumers, sales tax is an issue

Getting closer to the customer is no longer a retail-centric sales strategy. More manufacturers, suppliers and wholesalers are starting to sell direct to consumers (D2C). Motivations vary: brand awareness, customer loyalty, even product innovation. But for the most part, B2B sellers are simply looking to give consumers what they want — the ability to buy products directly from the source. Many are already doing it.

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Pumpkins, piercings and the paranormal: 10 scary ways states apply sales tax

Bwaahahaha! Is that the ghostly laugh of a Halloween haunt — or the auditor reviewing your sales tax returns? Dealing with sales tax can be a ghoulish task. And for businesses with compliance obligations in multiple states, it can be frighteningly difficult to know which rules apply.

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Do you owe sales tax on that service? A state-by-state guide

In most states, services are exempted from sales tax unless explicitly made taxable by law. So why are the governors of at least two states, as well as legislators in another, fighting to change that?

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