launching my first dropshipping store and have questions on taxes

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Basically I am getting ready to launch my first dropshipping store and I live in california and was wondering if I need to get a california sales permit before launching/selling or can I do it after i get some sales first. Also how does tax work when shipping to customers on other states if i live in california. Sorry if this is a dumb question but I am young and have 0 clue on how taxes work when selling online.  Thank you!

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Cal here from Shopify, thanks for reaching out to us. For any advice relating to tax, you should refer to local tax professionals. We are unable to provide tax advice. 


In terms of how you should set these taxes up, there is a great document you can read on US taxes, Nexus, and origin-based tax here: ( 


Best of luck with the new business! If you have any other queries as you get your store set up don't hesitate to get in touch, we'd be happy to assist. 

Cal | Social Care @ Shopify 
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