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April 21, 2016

Over the next few months, the Memphis Office is focusing on different specialties and services by featuring a Q & A with one of our local experts each month.

Sonya Daniels serves as a Manager and leads the State and Local Tax practice for CBIZ & MHM Memphis.  Sonya has more than twenty years of experience in state and local tax and has extensive knowledge of multi-state sales/use tax.  In addition to time spent at a Fortune 500 company, Sonya spent six years as a Tennessee Auditor where she conducted sales and use tax audits as well as franchise/excise tax audits, liquor by the drink audits, and business tax audits.

Sonya  answers important questions like “What questions should you ask your tax consultant?”  The conversation continues with Sonya discussing the common issues she finds, steps she takes to educate her clients, and why it’s important to research a state’s laws before starting new operations in areas of unfamiliar governing.

More resources featured on Sonya’s Conversation page include previously featured articles, a Sales Tax Compliance Flysheet, and information on how to get on our event email list.

Read the full conversation by clicking here.




October 15, 2015

Featured for her expertise in State and Local Taxes, Sonya Daniels is making a big impact by providing insight to multiple national resources.

Sonya has been featured in both local and national news on web and print resources.  In the Memphis Business Journal, Sonya offered insight into Tennessee's tax-free weekend-- explaining what exemptions exist and why some items do not qualify for exemption.  Sonya was also referenced in the Chicago Tribune as it relates to the pros and cons of Illinois skipping back-to-school sales tax holidays.  Lastly, Sonya provided her insight on the topic for an article published by AccountingToday.  She spoke on the diverse specifics that exist on tax returns for states as well as the various reporting rules that are ambiguous from state to state.

More recently, Sonya authored a national blog post where she outlined tips on reporting for sales tax holidays and how important it is to remain compliant with state tax collectors.  Lastly, Sonya was quoted in the Tip of the Day published by Manta Media Inc.  Giving advice on tax-audit options to small business owners, Sonya explains why finding financing options through banks might be better than paying the high rates of tax authorities.

Too see previous blog posts referencing Sonya, click here.  For questions related to sales and use tax, contact Sonya Daniels at sdaniels@cbiz.com or 901-685-5575.




September 16, 2015

Although back-to-school sales tax holidays are over for consumers, accountants still have the responsibility of accurately reporting what is and isn’t taxable.

Sonya Daniels, Manager in the State and Local Tax department at CBIZ MHM Memphis, provided her insight on the topic in a recent article published by AccountingToday.

When filing the normal monthly tax return for stores, accountants in some states need to look out for a specific line to report sales made during sales tax holidays.  “There are several states that have a specific line that they would like you to report those sales on,” said Daniels. “For instance, in Missouri, it can totally change the actual return that you file. If you normally file a short form, they can actually switch you to a long form just because of the sales tax holiday. In that particular state the local jurisdictions can decide if they want to participate or not."

Reporting sales tax holidays on returns can be quite the project.  Accountants should be aware that there is no across-the-board set of rules for reporting sales taxes.  In addition, ambiguity continues from year to year and across states.  It is important for accountants who work for retailers—or who have retailers among their clients—to stay up-to-date on reporting sales taxes.

For questions, please contact Sonya Daniels at sdaniels@cbiz.com or 901-685-5575.  To view the full AccountingToday article, click the button below.




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