Can I set up a US store with a foreign SSN and pay taxes?

Can I set up a US store with a foreign SSN and pay taxes?

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I want to locate my store in US cause i dont have shopify payments in Turkey. I Have SSN and a wise US bank account. Im currently in Turkey. Can i create my store in US and if i can do i need to pay sales or income tax.

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Shopify Partner
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Hello! Read the information about double taxation, maybe in your country it is written somewhere. You have to pay taxes where the business is registered.

Shopify Staff
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Hi there, @tunaakocc!


Thank you for your post, I'm happy to share some information with you. 


Requests to enable Shopify Payments on a store that is located outside of the U.S. are reviewed on a case by case basis. The most important factors are whether you have a US tax ID and your business has physical operations on US soil. In addition to this, you will also require all of the following in order to be considered:


  1. Government issued photo ID (driver's licence, passport, etc. - non-US ID may be accepted)
  2. A Tax ID in the United States:
    1. EIN if the merchant is LLC/Corp
    2. SSN if merchant is Sole Proprietor
  3. Business registration document (Registered in the US with the government)
  4. Proof that the business is actually operating from the US. This can include tracking showing they are shipping from the US or proof of a physical US address (not a forwarding address), or more, at our team's discretion. Please note that a bank statement is not a valid proof of address.
  5. 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 confirm that you have all of the required documentation, you can get in touch with our live support team via the Help Center. We'll escalate your request to our Shopify Payments team who will review your application and let you know the outcome. While you wait for the results of this review, you may want to set up a third-party payment gateway so you can start accepting payments on your store. 


As for your tax question, I'm unable to provide tax advice. I recommend contacting a tax professional, or you can hire a Shopify expert that specializes in U.S. sales tax! Shopify experts are highly-skilled designers, developers, and consultants who specialize in building successful brands, businesses, and Shopify stores. Each expert is reviewed before joining the marketplace, so you know you can trust them to get the job done. Check out our experts page to view the available experts and learn more. 


Please let me know if you have any further questions or if you need help with getting in touch! 

Greta | Shopify 
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