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    Creating US tax rates for ecommerce

    hello,

    I'm trying to setup ecommerce for US market. Prices are excluding taxes. Tax rates are calculated on the checkout. But I'm truly confused: is there any rules when you need to create hundreds of lines for tax rates for ecommerce?

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    Setting up taxing properly for ecommerce can be daunting when it comes to the US when it comes to states or even counties. The general rules are that if you have a physical location in one particular state that you ship items from (even though you take the order itself online) you need to calculate based on that physical location. So lets say you take orders online but ship your products from Texas then you would use a tax rate based on Texas. If you are selling to Europe then you would of course use the VAT tax rate etc.

    But before you go too far with this, you might want to talk to an accountant or tax lawyer with ecommerce taxing experience. You don't want to get things wrong and find out that you owe a ton of money in tax. Most e-commerce packages also can help you setting up the appropriate tax rates while some just ask for a tax table. Either way, consult a professional first.



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