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Different countries may impose special taxes on delivery, being it shipping, handling, postage, or any other associated fees. Usually when a taxable product or service is sold, any charges for shipping or delivery that a merchant includes in an invoice may become part of the receipt subject to tax. When both taxable and nontaxable products or services are combined into a single charge in one invoice, the entire invoice is taxable, including any shipping or delivery charges. Nontaxable products or services do not imply taxes on shipping, however this can also vary depending on a country.
In the US, a merchant should charge sales tax on shipping charges when making a sale to a buyer in one of the nexus states if that state’s tax law declares that shipping charges are taxable. Sometimes it can become challenging because some US states require that retailers charge sales tax on shipping charges, while other states do not.
European taxes on shipping are also not that simple. For example, in the UK a merchant should charge a maximun VAT rate of the order on the shipping costs as well. In other European countries the percent of VAT charged on shipping may be average of all VAT rates charged. VAT rates applied to a purchase may also depend on whether the goods are sold within a certain country or outside.
Anyway in case it’s necessaty to charge taxes on goods delivery, X-Cart allows manually configuring shipping taxes for most of the cases.
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