Alibaba Differs From U.S.-Based Remote Sales Behemoths, But the Competitors Could Face Similar Sales Tax Issues

The Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Weekly State Tax Report filters through current state developments and analyzes those critical to multistate tax planning.

Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company, recently garnered the largest Initial Public Offering to date. Because not much was known about the Chinese entity, many refer to it as China's version of Amazon. But Amazon and Alibaba share more differences than similarities. One thing Alibaba might share with its U.S.-based competition is the need to comply with sales and use tax laws if the company implements plans to allow its Chinese marketplace sellers greater access to U.S. consumers, Sylvia F. Dion explains.