Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Robert Peters and Keela Ross Discuss Practical Sales and Use Tax Guidance and Considerations

Duff & Phelps’ Sales and Use Tax practice, together with state and local tax specialists from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Avalara, recently held a webinar on October 21, 2020 to discuss the current state of the states, the changing business environment and the possible future of sales tax in light of the current economic climate.

View the webinar replay to learn more about addressing the sales tax implications and challenges due to operating in a virtual world, how companies can capitalize on challenges facing state and local governments and how best to plan for increased pressure by states to close budget gaps.

Sales and Use Tax in the Current Economic Climate

Duration: 1 hour

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  • Economic nexus review: understanding Software as a Service (SaaS) service offerings and purchases
  • Implementation issues post-Wayfair: how to mitigate risk based on remote service offerings, including SaaS
  • Multi-state sales tax legislative developments, including recent proposals to close budget gaps in Illinois and the city of Chicago
  • Wayfair developments impacting multiple jurisdictions, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Louisiana and Texas
  • Opportunities for states to increase sales tax collections without increasing tax rates, including compliance audits, the use of artificial intelligence and exemption certificate reviews
  • Considerations for sales tax readiness, including sales taxability determinations, sales tax system integration issues and opportunities, M&A hot topics, and best practices relating to billing and vendor practices


  • Robert Peters, Managing Director, Sales and Use Tax, Duff & Phelps 
  • Keela Ross, Director, Sales and Use Tax, Duff & Phelps
  • Keith Staats, Executive Director, Tax Institute, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Scott Peterson, Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations, Avalara

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