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How do non-US citizens register for US taxes when selling online?

Leenahh
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Hello all. 

 

I'm from Saudi Arabia, and my future customers are located in the U.S.
The products prices are between 50 to 200 USD


How much taxes do I pay to the US Gov?
How to register my E-store for Taxes in the US?

 

Note that: 

Im not currently in the US 

I have no physical store in the US 

I will only rent a storage/warehouse in the US to store my goods. 

 

for those who has the same situation, Please advice with thanks   =' ) 

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Moira
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2061 225 327

This is an accepted solution.

Hey @Leenahh,

 

As a seller in Saudi Arabia targeting customers in the U.S., you may be required to register for and collect sales tax from your U.S.-based customers. The specific tax obligations will depend on the state(s) where you have sales tax nexus, which is determined by factors such as your physical presence (e.g., warehouse) and the volume of sales.

 

  • Sales Tax: The sales tax rate varies by state, ranging from 0% to around 10% on average. However, keep in mind that no federal sales tax exists in the U.S. The amount of tax you need to collect will depend on the applicable state tax rates.
  • Registering for Taxes: To register your e-commerce store for taxes in the U.S., you'll generally need to follow these steps:
  • Determine your nexus: Identify the states where you have sufficient presence to establish nexus. This typically includes having a physical location, employees, or inventory in a state.
  • Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN): Apply for an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you haven't already.
  • State-specific registrations: Register for sales tax permits or licenses in the states where you have nexus. Each state has its own process and requirements for registration, which usually involves completing an application and providing relevant business information.
  • Collecting and remitting taxes: Once registered, you'll need to collect sales tax from your U.S. customers during the checkout process. Make sure to keep detailed records of your sales and taxes collected. Depending on the state, you'll be required to file and remit the sales tax either monthly, quarterly or annually.

Note that tax laws can be complex and subject to change, so it's always recommended to consult with a tax professional or an attorney familiar with international tax matters to ensure compliance with U.S. tax regulations specific to your situation.

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Moira
Shopify Staff
2061 225 327

This is an accepted solution.

Hey @Leenahh,

 

As a seller in Saudi Arabia targeting customers in the U.S., you may be required to register for and collect sales tax from your U.S.-based customers. The specific tax obligations will depend on the state(s) where you have sales tax nexus, which is determined by factors such as your physical presence (e.g., warehouse) and the volume of sales.

 

  • Sales Tax: The sales tax rate varies by state, ranging from 0% to around 10% on average. However, keep in mind that no federal sales tax exists in the U.S. The amount of tax you need to collect will depend on the applicable state tax rates.
  • Registering for Taxes: To register your e-commerce store for taxes in the U.S., you'll generally need to follow these steps:
  • Determine your nexus: Identify the states where you have sufficient presence to establish nexus. This typically includes having a physical location, employees, or inventory in a state.
  • Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN): Apply for an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you haven't already.
  • State-specific registrations: Register for sales tax permits or licenses in the states where you have nexus. Each state has its own process and requirements for registration, which usually involves completing an application and providing relevant business information.
  • Collecting and remitting taxes: Once registered, you'll need to collect sales tax from your U.S. customers during the checkout process. Make sure to keep detailed records of your sales and taxes collected. Depending on the state, you'll be required to file and remit the sales tax either monthly, quarterly or annually.

Note that tax laws can be complex and subject to change, so it's always recommended to consult with a tax professional or an attorney familiar with international tax matters to ensure compliance with U.S. tax regulations specific to your situation.

Moira | Social Care @ Shopify
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Leenahh
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Thank you for your time, I appreciate it  😃 

Moira
Shopify Staff
2061 225 327

Don't hesitate to reach back out if you require any further assistance as you continue to work on your store. 

All the best,

Moira | Social Care @ Shopify
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Marikath
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I have a similar question. I want to start a drop-shipping and print-on-demand business on Shopify, but I am based in the Philippines. However, most of my potential customers/target market and drop-shipping suppliers are US-based and EU-based. Does this mean that I must register a business/LLC in the US instead of the Philippines? Or can I register it in my own country? If I register in my country, would I still be able to dropship to customers in the US? If so, how do I handle the sales taxes for customers in the US?