Tax Overview

Why Calculating Tax is Important

Calculating tax for your online store is essential if you plan to sell taxable items.

How Taxes Work

Every single county, state and country is different. We highly recommend contacting your local authority on tax to ensure you are calculating tax properly for you online store. If you operate your online business from your home or garage, you may not be responsible for tax at all, even for orders in your own state.

The most common tax scenario online merchants face is they just need to collect sales tax on orders from their home state or province. Our Automatic Tax Calculation feature makes this tax situation simple and easy.

However, if you have special tax needs, like tax exempt customer groups or products that require and excise tax, you'll need to set up your taxes manually. Our article Tax Examples can walk you through some different scenarios.

In addition to speaking with a local authority, you may check out Avalara’s resources for tools and advice.

Related Articles

BigCommerce University Videos

Additional Resources

Get Advice

Have a specific question or issue? Check out some tax discussions in our Community Forum. Post your question and speak directly to other business owners, BigCommerce Staff and Partners who specialize in this area. It's likely someone just like you has already been there.

Was this article helpful?