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How to Manage Taxes on Your Website via Squarespace

If you need to charge your customers tax for ordering on your site, Squarespace helps you to create tax rules for the country, state, and even local area in which you are selling your products.

Check with the country, state, and local departments of revenue where you're selling your products to determine the tax rate you must charge for your products and shipping. If you're selling in the United States, check out Bankrate for information on determining tax rates.

Seek out professional advice from someone such as an accountant for assistance in figuring the ins and outs of charging taxes. If you're selling to a country other than the United States, check with that country’s revenue department website for information on their tax rates.

To create a new tax rule, first go to Site Manager→Commerce→Taxes. Then follow these steps:

  1. On the Taxes screen, click the Add Country button.

    The Create Country Tax Rate dialog box appears.

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  2. Select the country.

    Click Not Specified in the drop-down list and select the country for which you want to create a tax rule.

  3. Set your tax rate.

    In the Tax Rate field, set the percentage.

  4. If you need to charge tax on the shipping costs, select the Charge Tax on Shipping check box.

  5. Click the Save button.

You can create as many tax rules as you need in your store.

If you need to include state sales tax, do the following:

  1. Hover your cursor over the country you added in the preceding steps, and click the Add State link that appears.

    The Create New State Rate dialog box appears.

  2. Click the State/Province setting and select the state from the list that appears.

  3. Set your tax rate.

    In the Tax Rate field, set the percentage.

  4. If you should charge tax on shipping costs, select the Charge Tax on Shipping check box.

  5. Click the Save button.

If the state you added displays an Add Local link when you hover your cursor over the name of the state, you can add local taxes to be charged to customers based on their zip code in one of two ways:

  • Single zip code: Set a tax rate for a single zip code.

  • Zip code range: Set a tax rate for a range of zip codes.

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