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sales tax on our web stores

Thread began 1/12/2011 1:16 am by rasputin307444 | Last modified 1/17/2011 10:52 am by Jason Byrnes | 897 views | 3 replies |

rasputin307444

sales tax on our web stores

Is there a sales tax feature available within any of our extensions or pre-builts?
Legally, we are responsible for collecting the sales tax of any buyer (in the US) depending upon the state in which they are buying. Then, we have to pay it to how many agencies? 50!?

This is very problematic.
Do we pay it periodically?
What happens if we pay it and then have to uncharge a card for a returned product?
How do you get money back from the State? Good luck!!
Must we create separate bank accounts for each state,? What happens to the interest made on each state's tax account?
Do I have to pay taxes on it?
Taxes on taxes... hmmm.
Anyone got some experience, documents, software, extension, ideas?

best wishes,
chris

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

yes, there is a sales tax function in eCart, and in Power Store.

You are responsible fro collecting sales tax for any items that ship to the same state as your stores physical location (in the case of a brick and mortar store) or the state where the store is registered.

So if you are an online store only, and registered in California, you are responsible fro collecting taxes for any purchases that are shipping to an address in California.

For orders that are shipped out of state, it is the customers responsibility to report those purchases and pay taxes when they file their taxes at the end of the year.


you're store will pay the taxes to the IRS in the same way, when taxes are filed at the end of the year.

These are really legal questions that you should be bringing up with a tax accountant though.

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rasputin307444

request for ecommerce sales tax clarification

Thanks Jason. I have a bit more to ask if okay.

Hmmm... so, having my web store (with no brick-and-mortar at all, and only drop-shipped products from all over the place) with my LLC registered in Oregon (where there is no sales tax), can be interpreted such that I do not have to collect any sales tax for anyone?

I'm hoping that's true because it would simplify sales and would get 49 other states out of my wallet.

Sadly, I know how politicians "think" almost always these days in terms of a banker who owns them.... ;-)

Any articles or further clarifications are greatly appreciated.

best wishes,
chris

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Really, you should be asking these questions of a qualified tax accountant.

I do not know anything about Oregon tax laws, but if you are saying they do not have a sales tax, then my understanding is that you would not need to charge tax. But then again, I am not a qualified tax accountant, and it would not be wise to make business decisions like this on unqualified advice.


The only articles I could point you to for further clarification would be the Oregon State Tax code.

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