It is the long established physical presence rule that will apply with regard to Internet sales to customers in Texas. Online sellers with possible in-state agent or related party status should check the rules more carefully. This is a contentious and evolving area of law so be sure to check in periodically with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to see if the rules have changed.
(b) A provider of Internet access service or online services (a “provider”) is not deemed to be the agent of a vendor for purposes of determining the application of 830 CMR 64H.1.7(3) to such vendor solely as a result of: 1. the display of such vendor’s information or content on the provider’s out-of-state computer server, or 2. the processing of orders through the provider’s out-of-state computer server. See id.
Congress has attempted several times to pass what's been called a Marketplace Fairness Act to solve the problem, with no version making it through the process. The most recent of these acts is in suspension, waiting for the Court's decision. Both bills include exemptions for small sellers and ways to monitor sales tax collections and make the process more fair to all types of sellers.
Online reviews have become one of the most important components in purchasing decisions by consumers in North America. According to a survey conducted by Dimensional Research which included over 1000 participants, 90% of respondents said that positive online reviews influenced their buying decisions and 94% will use a business with at least four stars. Interestingly, negative reviews typically came from online review sites whereas Facebook was the main source of positive reviews. Forrester Research predicts that by 2020, 42% of in-store sales will be from customers who are influenced by web product research.
Among the specific evidence presented by the court? Less than 2% of Americans had internet access in 1992, compared with about 89% today. Last year, e-commerce sales alone totaled $454 billion. When combined with traditional catalog and other “remote” sales, that figure topped half a trillion dollars. What’s more, since the Department of Commerce first began tracking online sales, e-commerce has surged tenfold, to nearly 9% of total U.S. retail sales, from just 0.8% — a number that will likely become larger with online sales growing at four times the rate of brick-and-mortar retail.
For the most part, the 6-figure, 7-figure, and 8-figure-earners and up are making a large majority of their income by scaling out offers that they control. If you're just starting out, that avenue isn't for you. It only comes over time as you come to understand the field. As Sharpe says, most people first need to get a lay of the land and cruise through the virtual sales landscape before they dive into a massive undertaking like creating their own digital products and sales funnels.
Additionally, the bill would provide small businesses with some breathing room. It allows a generous $10 million exemption for small businesses, meaning any seller that generates less than $10 million in sales a year would not be affected by online sales taxes. The provision remains in place until the states can create a compact to be approved by Congress where such a waiver is unnecessary.
Your Brand Persona and Target Audience. When you eventually start creating content, you have to know who you’re talking to and tailor your brand voice to appeal to them uniquely. If you aren’t targeting the right audience (those people who will lean in to hear what you’re saying), you won’t find success. And, if you can’t find a way to stand out, you’ll blend into the hordes of other brands competing for attention in your industry.