Taxes – And Your Online Business:
Paying Online Sales Tax Doesn’t Have To Be Taxing
Almost all tax payers would say that the process of
paying taxes is one of the most tedious and less-liked
activities that they can imagine and paying sales tax
for an online business is not exempted from the common
When the issue pertaining to taxes and your online
business arise, you usually take it negatively which
would in turn end up in a negative note.
However, if you decide to change the way you think and
turn your negative approach to a positive one, then
you would surely realize that paying online sales tax
is not a taxing job at all.
Online business owners or e-tailers are commonly
complaining about online sales tax primarily because
they don’t clearly understand and grasp the meaning,
scope and limitations of the law and regulation that
pertains to it.
If you want your online business to boom and prosper,
you should have the initiative to gain as much
knowledge as you can about taxes and online
Be Aware Of Taxability And Exemptions
You should be aware that not all services or products
are taxable or taxed in the same way as other services
and products are.
Furthermore, the taxability of some products also
differ from state to state. There are also exemptions
based on how the product is used as well as who uses
An example to this would be schools and non-profit
organizations – these kinds of institutions may not be
required to pay sales tax if they avail any of your
products or services.
Take note that exemptions require clear and concise
Consider State Sourcing Rules and Validate Addresses
There are more or less 12,500 tax regions in the
United States and for you to come up with an accurate
sales tax calculation, you have to identify and
validate the “roof top address” and then apply it to
the exact set of sales tax rates of that certain
You must remember that the rate of the sales tax
applied to a sale or purchase may be made up of a
country sales tax, a state sales tax, a city sales tax
and other special taxing jurisdictions.
The so-called “roof top address” is very important is
because it serves as a warning that one household in a
neighbourhood can have a different sales tax rate that
its neighbour, if it is located physically in a
different zone already.
Consumer use tax or use tax is a kind of tax that
pertains to the using, consuming, storing and
sometimes distribution of personal tangible property.
Aside from that, it can also be applied to services
which are taxable. For short, you will need to pay use
tax in a state where that “usage” occurs.
A clear example for this would be: you bought a pair
of shoes over the Internet and you did not pay any tax
to the seller.
However, you used those pair of shoes in your state,
so you are subject to pay your state the use tax.
As an online business merchant, the abovementioned
tips and guidelines are just few of the other tips and
guidelines that you need to learn.
Taxes and your online business should work together,
if you want you business to become successful.