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Sales tax is a state or local tax levied when a commodity is sold to its final consumer. It is imposed on the sale of products or services, based on a predetermined percentage of the sales price. Many retail organizations contend that such taxes discourage retail sales. There is a debate on the nature of this tax whether it should be progressive or regressive. To find the services of sales tax accounting, businesses hire the well-qualified professionals who can keep a good record of this tax.  

Generally, governments provide exemption to food, utilities and other essential necessities from sales taxes. Since the people from poor section spend a higher proportion of their income on the basic commodities, so it is recommended that sales tax must be progressive. State and local tax regulations help to determine whether specific product or service items are subject to sales tax or not.      

Sales tax is an important and prominent form of tax imposed on the retail goods and services at the point of sale. A retailer charges sales tax on commodities purchased by the customers, and later on submits to state government by filing up mandatory forms upon computing tax. It is a kind of ‘ad valorem’ tax levied on the monetary value of the taxable good. However, most of the other commodities bear a certain percentage of sales tax, and around 25 to 50 percent in the total revenue of the government is generated by the taxes only. Sales tax accounting considers mainly two types of sales tax such as central sales tax and local sales tax.

Such type of tax varies from commodity to commodity, so accounting of this tax becomes time-consuming as well as difficult task to be done for a company. As a result, probably companies prefer outsourcing sales tax computation services to professional accounting firms. Value added tax is another form of sales tax that can be calculated under three approaches. First, subtraction approach; here tax rate equals difference between input cost and output cost. Second method is addition approach in which tax is calculated as sum of all the payments including production factor like salaries, wages and other heads. Moreover, the third method refers to tax credit approach that involves difference between taxes paid on the inputs from money collected on sales.

There are many online as well as offline availability of the sales tax accounting professionals. They can be hired by all big and small business firms. These experts use advanced tax accounting software to find more accuracy in the accounting not only in sales tax but also in other types of local and central taxes.