Weekly Digest | New DC Nexus Rules, CA Cannabis Regulations, Jeremy Benson Interview, Tax Law Roundup, MS DTC, TN Wine Retailer Case

February 7, 2019

In this week’s digest, we review new economic nexus requirements in Washington DC, changes to California cannabis regulations, an interview with Jeremy Benson on the future of DTC sales, a sales tax roundup from Avalara, a push for Mississippi wine lovers to reach out to state legislatures, and the possible outcomes for the Tennessee wine retailer case.

Washington DC Adds New Economic Nexus Requirements

Washington DC has joined the list of states that have new rules governing sales tax. Prior to the first of the year, all wineries without physical nexus could ship to Washington DC consumers without a shipping license or tax permit. Now, those with gross revenue exceeding $100,000 or 200 or more separate transactions during the previous or current year will be required to register for and remit sales taxes monthly.

Playing by the Rules: California Cannabis Final Regulations Takeaways

It’s been a long road for the California cannabis industry but final regulations went into effect in January. There are some significant changes in the rules, and this post from Hinman & Carmichael breaks down what you need to know.

On All Fronts: An Interview with Jeremy Benson, President of Benson Marketing Group

Jeremy Benson, Executive Director of Free the Grapes! and President of Benson Marketing Group, sat down with Dave Dobrow of Copper Peak Logistics to discuss wine marketing and the future of DTC sales. Read about Jeremy’s wine marketing tactics and how he plans to tackle the predicted industry slowdown.

January Roundup: Sales Tax Laws You Need to Know

Avalara’s monthly roundup gives you a snapshot of the top legislative and policy changes that can affect your sales tax compliance. January was packed with sales tax news so don’t miss out on these notable updates.

Be Heard! Free the Grapes Mississippi: Tell Legislators It is Time for Legal Winery Direct Shipping

Attention Mississippi wine lovers; now is the time to write state legislatures in support of removing protectionist laws and promoting consumer choice in wine! Mississippi is one of only five states with an antiquated ban on winery DTC shipments but there is hope on the horizon. Two new bills have been referred to committees. Now is the time to speak up.

How Far Will the Supreme Court Go in Tennessee Wine Retailer Case?

It’s difficult to predict the outcome of the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair ruling and the decision isn’t expected until summer 2019. Some think that Tennessee’s strict rules on licenses are in trouble, but are less confident about broader implications on wine shipping.

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