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The SCOTUS Wayfair vs. South Dakota decision handed down recently means online retailers will be required to collect sales tax from customers in individual states, even if they do not have a physical presence in those states. How does this decision impact associations? If you have a physical product that you are mailing out of state, such as books, you could be subject to sales tax collection and reimbursement. As understood by MSAE, this decision will thus require each state to adopt and approve its own legislation on the topic. This legislation is likely to include a threshold of sales for each particular state an organization seeks to do business in. For example, South Dakota could require a threshold of $100,000 in sales be received by your organization before becoming liable to submit the tax.
It is unlikely your organization will meet this threshold. Most AMS, CRM and online shipping software packages are looking to address exactly how this decision will specifically affect your online purchasing procedures and provide reports for submission should your organization meet the sales threshold.
MSAE will continue to monitor this newly emerging issue and share updates and changes to this policy.
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Local, state, national and international associations are all reevaluating and shoring up their research programs. Associations have a unique position in that they represent a specific industry or profession that can collect data that provides value.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS DAY 2019 | MARCH 28-29 | WASHINGTON D.C.
American Associations Day is the only legislative fly-in where association professionals like you can connect with Congressional offices and share your story on important association issues. This year our issues will be the value of association meetings to the economy and society along with association tax issues.
This unique opportunity allows you, as an association professional, to create connections with policy-makers that will not only advance the association industry, but your own organization as well. Join MSAE and the Michigan association delegation to attend the ASAE Board reception and network with leaders in our field.
One of the principle roles of associations is to advocate on behalf of their memberships before the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
Every association is different. But no matter who you are or whom you represent, one thing is for certain: there is lot of work to be done.
Whether it’s managing members, raising funds, contending with new rules and regulations, or delivering quality programs that serve your mission, there is only so much that can be done in a given day, week, or year.
And that’s not when you’re trying to hire new employees or keep existing ones, or reduce overhead costs, or stay up to date with new technology and ways of communicating.
Does this sound stressful? Perhaps a bit. But that’s part of the job — managing people, processes, finances, and beyond.
The most successful associations are efficient, tech-savvy, and skilled at communicating with members, sponsors, and their local (and online) communities.
Another trait these associations share: They track employee time.
Association professionals write all the time. Whether it is promotional copy, emails to members, committee minutes, newsletter articles, advocacy messages, press releases, or scripts they all are written by staff and often written quickly.