So, for those of you unaware, TpT has tossed down the responsibility for collecting sales tax to you, the sellers. Yes, my wife is being impacted by this as well.
That means that, for the moment, I've set aside doing the ranking updates in order to build her a tool to calculate the states she's going to owe sales tax to, and to further calculate just what that total is on a state by state basis.
The good news for you, the sellers waiting patiently for the rank site to come back, is that when I'm done, I'm going to post it up on the web for you to use.
Here's the bad news...
Just from what I've read through so far, this is going to be a giant Charlie-Foxtrot (to borrow a military term) for everyone involved. On the same page of Colorado law I found three conflicting statements of whether my wife will owe sales tax or not. And that's just one state.
Added to that, TpT has given you, the sellers, only municipality data, and that data is self-reported, and often misspelled, mis-entered, or downright wrong -- one entry for my wife claims Texas is in the United States Virgin Islands.
I'm going to do my best, and when I'm done, I'm going to hand it over to you. But a word of warning, I'm a computer science guy, not a lawyer, not a tax accountant, and not a CPA. This will be a tool for estimating only, your mileage may vary, batteries not included, etc., etc.
I'm not sure if TpT is trying to chase away every seller they have, but I can't imagine a much more effective way of doing it than this fiasco.
I'll keep you posted.