applications, similar to a rate table
service. Also available is a Sales Tax
Forms Service, which has almost
3,400 of the most-required forms
for filing returns, exemption certificates and numerous other useful
and necessary forms.
The BNA Sales & Use Tax Portfolios go significantly beyond that.
BNA is well known for its research
products. The Sales & Use Tax Portfolios provide expert analysis of
complex sales and use tax issues
that might arise, as well as offering other useful capabilities. Some
of these include a Sales & Use Tax
Navigator that organizes source
materials and analysis by state, a
daily Sales & Use Tax Monitor to
alert you or your client on stories
and developments, the Web-based
Sales & Use Tax Rate Finder, and a
host of statutes, regulations, rulings
and Supreme Court cases that have
sales and use tax ramifications.
SDK available for integrating with
other applications. Complimenting Sales Tax Online is Sales Tax Returns Online, which populates the
appropriate sales tax returns with
data from Sales Tax Online, an ERP
system, or Sales Tax Office, which is
a tax calculation system useful for
exceptionally complex situations.
CCH has other sales-tax-orient-ed products that may be of interest. One is the CorpSystem Sales
Tax Rates and Taxability Database,
in which rates are provided at the
state, county, city and local taxing
jurisdiction level and are updated
monthly. CorpSystem ZIPSales provides sales tax lookup by zip code,
and the CorpSystem Sales Tax Load
Utility allows your client to update
sales tax tables into Microsoft and
Sage ERP systems.
While many of the CorpSystem
applications are designed for your
larger clients running ERP systems,
CCH hasn’t forgotten the smaller
business: CorpSystem Sales Tax
Online for Intuit QuickBooks provides an online enhancement of the
sales tax capabilities of QuickBooks
Pro or Premier.
There’s an old adage, “You get what
you pay for.” That’s generally true,
especially when it comes to “free”
goods or services. But generally true
doesn’t mean always true. That’s
the case with TaxCloud, which is a
free service provided by Fed Tax.
TaxCloud is a Web-based sales
tax rate lookup and calculation
service that’s designed to integrate
with most e-commerce shopping
carts through a simple API interface. Numerous e-shopping carts
are already integrated. TaxCloud
can provide accurate rates and calculations for almost every zip code
in the U.S.
TaxCloud’s features vary depending on whether a state is a member
of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, and not every state is
a member. TaxCloud is a Certified
Service Provider, and as such, is
paid by the states for which it collects and remits sales taxes.
For those states that are not
members, TaxCloud calculates
sales taxes in real time, prepares
monthly state-by-state reports on
taxes collected, monitors and up-
dates changes to rates, manages ex-
emption certificates, and optionally
verifies shipping addresses.
Sales Tax Solutions
CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business
Speed Tax Inc.
Some of the vendors in this sur-
vey have a very tight focus on their
target market. Speed Tax has de-
signed its offerings to scale well
so that they are applicable to a
wide range of clients, from small
to large. The pricing model for the
Speed Tax applications is based on
usage, which makes it a practical
approach for smaller firms. In fact,
one of the vendor’s offerings, Sales
Tax for QuickBooks, is targeted spe-
cifically at smaller clients, though
it also supports QuickBooks Enter-
prise Edition, so that it can scale
up. Speed Tax also integrates with
a large number of other account-
ing and ERP systems, including
Dynamics, Sage Accpac and MAS
90/200, NetSuite, Intacct and SAP.
There’s an SDK available for inte-
gration with applications that are
not already supported.
CCH is a well-known brand in accounting. Many of us grew up with
a binder-based reporting and research service that had us replacing pages every week when the
updates arrived in the mail.
In more recent times, the research services, now in CD or online format, have been joined by
the highly used ProSystem fx Office
accountant-oriented suite of applications.
But ProSystem is far from CCH’s
only software offering: The vendor’s
CorpSystem applications have
been very successful in the enterprise-level corporate market.
CorpSystem Sales Tax solutions
consist of both in-house and online products. CorpSystem Sales
Tax Online is a SaaS product that
provides a front-end solution for
determining sales tax applicability and rates, and performing the
tax calculations. It integrates with
Microsoft Dynamics and there’s an