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Need Help on US Sales Tax for EU Digital Good Ecommerce

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Oct 1, 2018
Milan, Italy
Hello fastlaners. I'm gathering info on how to handle this side of a business I'm starting and need your help.

As you may or may not know, any online business in the EU has to pay VAT tax to the corresponding European country based on where their customers bought their goods or services. To make things easier, we can join a government program that every country has and that it will help you with all this (at least in theory, whether it works or not remains to be seen, as it's rolling in starting July 2021).

However, I could not find any such thing for the United States (and honestly haven't looked into countries such as Canada, Australia or any non-English-speaking country outside the EU yet).
Does any of you know how it works (at least) for the US?
Suppose I'm selling digital goods like mp3 files to a US customer and my company is based in Italy. Do I need to have any relation with the US tax authority or not?
Thank you in advance to any of you willing to help me figure this out!

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Nope, you don't need to collect taxes for sales in the USA if you're in the EU:

Even if you're in the USA, you typically don't collect sales tax unless you're based in the state that you're selling to. But that does vary by state here. So I only need to worry about sales tax if I sell to someone in Texas since I'm based in Texas.

Our sales taxes are state based, not federal based.

But I'm not a tax expert so you probably do want to find out for sure!


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I use to sell digital goods around the world. They take care of all the taxes, including VAT in the EU and sales tax in the USA. They also issue invoices to customers so I don't have to.

They are not perfect, but I gladly pay their fees to take this off my mind.

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