Setting tax rates for your buyers

Note: Please consult with your tax professional for specific information regarding photographer taxes. None of the information herein should be considered as legal or tax advice.

Tax requirements vary by jurisdiction, and in order to provide a flexible system, PhotoShelter supports a tax table which assesses tax based on the location of the buyer.


Sales Tax Configuration 

1. To access the tax table, go select Sell > Sales Tax from the Navigation Bar. 

2. Click the green Create Tax Configuration button

You will see the following table. Here's a brief explanation of the components:

Items to tax
Select the appropriate item(s).
Tax shipping fees
Determine whether shipping fees should be taxed. In the U.S., this fee is typically not taxed.
Display this text next to tax line on invoice
This field can be used to list your VAT (value added tax) ID.
Display tax as VAT on invoice
Countries with VAT taxes might need to specify the tax as a VAT rather than a more generic "tax" line item.

3. In the various countries and regions, you can insert a tax rate. Leaving the field blank will assess no tax for that region. The U.S. and Canada support state-level taxation, while the other countries do not have this level of detail.

4. You can batch apply a tax rate by placing your rate into the field titled Apply rate to all blank fields in this section (located at the top of each geographical grouping). This mechanism will not override individual entries that you have already input.


Note: If you set up any taxation, your potential buyers will be prompted to provide a shipping address even if there is no physical fulfillment (i.e. download). This is so we can determine the appropriate tax rate. Please also note that our U.S.-based automated print vendors may assess tax fees based on the shipping address of the buyer. If the destination of the shipment is the same as the city in which the vendor is located, there may be tax assessed by that vendor and added to the total cost of the order. If you have set up your own tax rates, your buyer may incur a double taxation.

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