Sales Tax Remittance for Online Courses

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      • March 31, 2021 at 10:53 pm #3526713

        I’m getting a little hung up on whether or not sales tax needs to be collected and remitted for online courses. It seems like it’s moving that way and/or not doing it is more of a gray area than I’m comfortable with (ha ha, rule-following former CPA here). However, managing that part of my business when it’s just me getting started with online courses feels unmanageable. What are other people doing? Paying for something like Quaderno?

        • March 31, 2021 at 10:53 pm #3526716

          I don’t charge any sales taxes. And I don’t think you’re breaking any rules. That’s just how it works at the moment, as far as I know. If I were selling something physical, then I would charge sales taxes.

          Of course, this also depends on where you’re based. I’m here in Florida and, as far as I know, that’s the way the law is now.

          Most shopping carts have the ability to deal with sales taxes, if necessary. If I had to do it, I would just have Thrivecart do it (my shopping cart).

          • March 31, 2021 at 10:53 pm #3526956

            Madeline, it really depends on your state. I found this article that breaks it down state-by-state. I just recently moved from Colorado to California. In Colorado, you had to collect sales tax for digital products. In California, you don’t. (This is one of those rare times when California doesn’t tax something. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that doesn’t change!)


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