While some states like Oregon do not have sales tax requirements, other states, like Washington, double down with both statewide and local sales taxes. Washington’s state sales tax of 6.5% combined with local taxes can total as much as 10.4% depending on the municipality, creating a sizable figure for businesses selling in these areas to manage.
As an e-commerce owner, you need to understand what your sales tax obligations are, determine how shipping costs factor into the mix, and practice crucial oversight.
Did you know?
On July 7, 2017, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2163, providing for a use tax notice and reporting requirement for remote sellers and extending economic nexus to the retailing business and occupation tax (B&O).
If you are a business owner selling products to consumers in a state where you have no physical presence, this case could open your business up to various taxing jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and require you to follow specific guidelines for collecting sales tax or reporting the use tax obligations of purchasers within the taxing jurisdiction.
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