I want to do business online. Do I need to charge state sales tax?

Currently, an online seller has to charge sales tax if that seller has a physical location in the state where the online customer is located. It does not matter what type of physical location the seller has in the customer’s state. For example, if you have a warehouse in Pennsylvania, headquarters in Delaware and stores in New York, Florida and California then you need to charge sales tax to all of your buyers from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Florida and California. However, that seller would not need to charge sales tax to a customer from Arizona. 
That said, there is a movement to crack down on this often perceived “loophole” and online business, both new and established, should be prepared to possibly start charging state sales tax to all online customers in the future.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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