Legal compliance basics?

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If you have found a good site that explains the basics of compliance with government laws and regs for online business, where is it please? I'm not even sure if I have to collect and remit sales tax...
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  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
    I am also searching fo the same site and I cannot find... thanks you mention this...
  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    Well a lot depends on the state in which you do business, for instance I know that some states require collection of taxes, for all sales made and delivered inside the state of purchase.

    This is an area of developing interest online and offline.

    There are specialists, in this area that practice law with the Internet and Intellectual law as the heart of their knowledge.

    There are also some that just have that degree but do not really have any real practical trial experience, most recent some bad advice was given to a company that ended up being shut down by authorities.

    The guy had the license on the wall but had little real world experience in trial experience, the end result was quite damaging to the company that took his advice.

    In another case, there is a gentleman who sell's one size fits all legal agreements, that are so tangled in incompetence that now there are several Internet Marketers who now have generic legal statements that are damaging to their businesses.

    In short, nothing is a substitute for competent legal advice, not only competent, but experienced in legal trial and theory.

    There are some resources, available, depending on the state in which you do business.

    If you think that is confusing, consider this, what about where your website is hosted?

    Does that have any legal ramifications on how you do business online?

    I will end with a disclaimer,

    this is not legal advice.

    You can also do a search on google, for Internet Law, legal advice.

    That will point you in the right direction.
  • Profile picture of the author SuzanneH
    Since you're in Canada, you can start here:

    Canada Revenue Agency

    And here:

    Industry Canada Site - Home

    Those two are government sites. has a small business canada info section:

    Small Business Canada - Starting a Small Business - Small Business Articles

    • Profile picture of the author Ricter
      Thanks all, and, lol, thanks Suzanne. I laugh because I often have to dig around in CRA's website for my day work. Which is why I was hoping to find a good distillation somewhere else! Lazy. : )

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