Every year I do a check to see what state nexus laws have changed so that I can adjust accordingly, but I’ve been trying to keep tack of Kansas since the law changed. Anyway, when checking the website this time, I wasn’t able to find concrete info on the law anymore. It is like their info is in flux right now. So I decided to call instead.
Guess What?!?!? The state of Kansas has created a new nexus requirement that is more in line with other states which means it is also way more friendly to small businesses like mine. I can now ship to my Kansas customers again!!!
Even though I’m on sabbatical now, I will go ahead and start making adjustments to the online store so that my Kansas customers can start buying again once my sabbatical is over!
Update February 15th, 2022: I just got off the phone with a rep at the department of revenue in Kansas and was informed they now have a small business friendly nexus rule in place. YAY!! I am in the process now of updating the store so that my Kansas customers can buy again!!
After doing my bi-annual tax check across the country I recently found out that Kansas is the only state in the union refusing nexus style regulations!
I know, it’s crazy, but any items sold in or shipped to Kansas require a sales license and payment of state sales taxes even if it is only $.10. WOW!
For perspective, all other states in the union have “nexus” laws which help determine which businesses are required to pay sales taxes and which aren’t. Simply put if you are a tiny online crafter like myself you aren’t considered large enough to warrant adherence to the local sales tax laws. For example, most states consider $100,000 to $200,000 in annual sales or 200 transactions annually enough to qualify for a nexus status significant enough to require licensing and the payment of sales taxes.
So I find myself in a bit of a pickle. I have looked into Etsy, but there is an issue there as well. Unfortunately I really don’t have the resources to keep up with multiple licensing and tax laws for multiple states. Colorado laws are complicated enough with all of our home rule cities and special districts and such. So here is my plan. 🙂
All orders to be shipped to Kansas will need to go through my Etsy Store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/RosaryStuff). Etsy has the resources to charge and pay the appropriate taxes for all of my Kansas customers. 🙂 This option works great for those purchasing rosaries, but for rosary parts things get more expensive. Etsy requires a fee of .20 + a percentage for each item sold. For example, if you need 25 centerpieces they are requiring me to list them all individually which means the price of a .65 centerpiece goes up to .85 each. That can be expensive when you are buying in bulk, so if you would like me to create an Etsy listing for you please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can discuss the details and how to move forward. You don’t have to be a member of Etsy to shop there, so if you have any questions or need help please don’t hesitate to let me know. 🙂
Please Contact Your Representatives: At this time I feel it is very important for my Kansas customers to contact their representatives to see if they can to a nexus program like the rest of the country. If they can change the laws to be more friendly to small business then I can start shipping there again.
Take Care and Stay Healthy My Friends!!
I just got off the phone with the State of Colorado and found out that as of January 1st, the new sales tax laws are now in full effect. 😦
If you are in Colorado, please call your representative and request that in state sellers be included in the nexus laws applied to out of state sellers. This would allow small businesses like mine to sell in Colorado without having to worry about licensing, and complying with every home rule city, county and special district rule in the state.
So what this means is that I can only ship to customers with a delivery address within the city of Westminster in Jefferson County. The sales tax for all of my Colorado customers will still be 8.35%, but anyone outside the city of Westminster/Jeffco will need to pick up their items here or hire a delivery service to pick up and deliver on their own.
There is another option though. For those buying rosaries, I can list your item in my Etsy Store. Etsy will then pay sales taxes due to every home rule city necessary. If you would like to try this option, please contact me before purchasing.
Take care and Happy New Year!!!!