Sales Tax on Digital Purchases


Are you required to charge sales tax for digitally downloaded content? (e-book, video, etc)

Location: Florida

Ecommerce Tax Digital Product

asked Oct 25 '11 at 08:51
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Generally only for customers in your state. Now the trick is AFFILIATES. If you are paying affiliates to sell products who reside in NY, you have to remit sales tax to NYS. Could be the same in other states too.

answered Oct 25 '11 at 09:07
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If you're selling your digitally delivered goods to consumers based in the European Union (EU) member states then the EU expects you to charge Value Added Tax (VAT - a sales tax) on their behalf. In practice I suspect only the larger companies that actually abide by this rule as the logistics of monitoring and enforcing this would be pretty... hard.

answered Oct 25 '11 at 19:28
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  • No anywhere this is mentioned someone from the States gets very very emotional and goes off on a rant about how its not fair blah blah. That may well be but its beside the point - its what they expect. Oh and ever tried selling into the US? Pot and Kettle ;) – Ryan 12 years ago

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