Vermont sales tax guide for SaaS businesses

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Is SaaS taxable in Vermont?

As of July 1, 2024 Vermont taxes SaaS in addition to on-premises software. The state also taxes a variety of digital products.

Prior to July 2024, Vermont’s definition of “tangible personal property” included “prewritten computer software,” but contained an express exemption for remotely accessed software. Now, “tangible personal property” includes prewritten computer software “regardless of the method in which the prewritten computer software is paid for, delivered, or accessed.”

While the taxation of digital products can be complex and challenging, it’s crucial for businesses to remain compliant with the latest regulations. By working with tax professionals and leveraging technology solutions, businesses can simplify their tax compliance efforts and avoid costly penalties.

How to determine if your product is taxable in Vermont

As a business owner, it’s essential to know if your product or service is subject to sales tax in Vermont. This starts with accurately classifying your product under state law based on its specific functionality. It can be helpful to consult a tax professional to ensure you’re properly identifying your product’s taxability.

Understanding sales tax nexus laws in Vermont is also critical, as these laws dictate when and where a company is obligated to collect and remit sales tax. Nexus is the relationship between a state and a business that requires the business to collect sales tax there. Vermont has two nexus types: physical and economic nexus.

Physical nexus is established when a company maintains a location, employees, or assets within Vermont. This connection can be a result of a physical retail store, warehouse, or an employee who resides in the state.

On the other hand, economic nexus is based on the level of economic activity a firm engages in within the state. Vermont’s current economic nexus threshold is $100,000 in annual sales or 200 transactions to Vermont customers within a 12-month period. Companies exceeding these thresholds will be required to register for sales tax collection and remittance.

Sales tax compliance in Vermont

Maintaining sales tax compliance in Vermont requires businesses to follow a few steps:

  • Register for a sales tax permit: All businesses with nexus in Vermont must register for a sales tax permit.
  • Collect sales tax: Once you have your sales tax permit, you need to collect the appropriate amount of sales tax on taxable transactions, including any taxable SaaS products and digital goods.
  • File sales tax returns: Businesses must file periodic sales tax returns, typically on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis, depending on the sales volume. When filing the return, you need to report the total sales and taxable sales, as well as the sales tax collected during the reporting period.
  • Remit collected sales tax: Along with filing your sales tax return, you must also remit the collected sales tax to the state. Failure to do so could result in penalties and interest charges.

Given the complexity of sales tax regulations, consulting with a qualified tax professional or utilizing tax software can help businesses in Vermont stay compliant, avoid penalties, and respond accurately to any changes in state tax laws.

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