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  •  In my experience as a software developer (7+ / 0-)

    I have worked on the web sites for a number of large retailers.  They don't have armies of accountants trying to track sales tax rates in every state and locality. They subscribe to services that have people that specialize in this sort of thing.  Some of these services, like TaxCloud, are free to the retailer.  How does the service make money? The states pay a commission to the service for collecting the sales tax, which means the online retailer doesn't have to deal with all those states.  Yeah, this is an extra step for the merchant but it never struck me as onerous. http://www.streamlinedsalestax.org/... has a list of some of the companies that provide sales tax software and services.

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