SHOULD YOU CHARGE SALES TAX FOR ONLINE SALES IN CALIFORNIA?
Part 2 of 2
Guess what? Yes, you should!
Every sale of goods from an online store in California should have sales tax collected if the buyer is also in the state of California. This is the law.
Online companies, similar to Etsy, for example, provide a form to charge the customer for the price of the item, the shipping cost and the TAX. You must provide the State in which the tax is applied, California, and the amount. I can find the amount for the County, but since I do not know where the customer lives until the purchase has been made and paid for through PayPal, I set a rate of 8.25% for each California State purchase made. Etsy computes the amount and adds it to the purchase price.
If you sell directly to the customer, or go through some other site, such as Classifiedads.com, you can choose the price, add the sales tax for a sale in California and the shipping cost. This then becomes the total charge for your item. I post a statement that if the customer lives outside of California they can deduct the amount of the sales tax from their payment.
Avoid future problems by following California State Law.
All of the above information just applies to California, but other States may have similar conditions. So check it out and be sure you are within the law.
Information provided by the California State Board of Equalization www.boe.ca.gov. See Publication 101, “Sales Delivered Outside California”, and Publication 71, “Tax Rates for California Cities and Counties”. Also, review “FAQ forTax Rates for Sales and Use”.
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