Not a resident but looking for Shopify Payments

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Hello, I want Apple pay and google pay to be at my store hence the best option stands out to be Shopify payments. Apart from me(owner) everything from fulfillment to returns happens in US itself. I've a LLC in Delaware and EIN with me. Every business activity/operation takes place in US itself.  But the only thing I don't have is an SSN. Is there any way that I can legally show my taxes and use Shopify Payments?

 

Please help me if you know it really well

 

Thankyou

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Hey, @Hamebhi

We can allow the use of Shopify Payments while operating out of a country that does not support Shopify Payments; however, we have very strict and specific requirements that must be met to review the request. To use Shopify Payments while operating outside of a supported country you will need all of the following:

  • Government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc. - non-US ID may be accepted)
  • A Tax ID in the United States:
    1. EIN if you are an LLC/Corp
    2. SSN you are a Sole Proprietor
  • Business registration document (Registered in the US with the government)
  • Proof that the business is actually operating from the US. This can include tracking showing you are shipping from the US or proof of a physical US address (not a forwarding address).
  • A USD checking account opened with a real US banking institution, located on US soil. Virtual banks and currency services will not work for this, it has to be a real US bank

If you do not have all of the documents required, then you can still use the available payment providers for your country. If you do have all the documents, then I can send your request up for review; however, keep in mind that we can not guarantee that you'll be able to use Shopify payments even if you are able to supply all the documents. What country are you currently living in?

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Currently I m a resident of India. I might fulfill all the above requirements. Can you please tell me how will I be going ahead or a official team or mail where I can reach you as I might gave to contact sometime later.....

 

Thankyou!

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@Hamebhi 

You will need to have all required documents before a request can be escalated for review. Once you have confirmed that you have all documents then I can verify your store, or you can reach out to our 24/7 Support through our help centre, Twitter, or Facebook

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Hello Peter,

 

Following on the topic. I might be missing something.

It seems people in the US can sell abroad, for example in Chile, relatively easy using Shopify. They do not have to have local Tax IDs, or businesses, or any SSN related matters. However, it seems that for the reverse it is almost impossible. Sorry for the question and maybe I am missing something but if you could help me on this id appreciate it.

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@Yanez 

I can appreciate why it would appear that way, but that isn't necessarily the case. Each payment processor is different, but almost all payment providers available, no matter the country, will require that you verify your identity and business. Payment providers are set up to accept payments from customers worldwide, so even if you're based in the United States, you're still able to accept payments from customers in any other country so long as the customer has an appropriate payment method (i.e. credit card, PayPal account, etc.). 

That said, your question and/or confusion is more surrounded by taxes and what (if any) taxes needed to be paid by store owners when selling internationally. It doesn't matter what country you're operating from, you, as the business owner are required to pay taxes when required. It is the business owners' responsibility to talk with a local tax consultant to ensure they are paying appropriate taxes both domestically and internationally when filing their taxes each year. Shopify is unable to provide guidance on if you should charge taxes when selling to other countries as we are not tax experts. 

In short, the advantage (when comparing payment options) that the United States would have over someone from Chile would be the number of payment providers they have available to use, and the currency they can sell in. Whether you're a business owner in the United States or Chile, you will still need to verify your business with your payment provider, while adhering to your local & international tax laws if applicable.

How this all connects to this specific forum thread, is that if you wish to use a payment provider that is available in a different country than the one you live in (Shopify Payments), then it would require you to verify your business through the exact same process as a business owner who lives in the country the payment provider is available for. 

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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