International Sales Tax

There are a number of different ways of handling sales tax on a sale when the vendor is one country/state and the buyer is in another.

No Tax

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Two Tax

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Customer Country Tax

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Vendor Country Tax

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Toting up all the advantages and disadvantages, I think we should go for the vendor country tax. Unfortunately, within the USA they have already locked themselves in to a customer tax further complicated by every county and city having its own rates and rules. There is not even a list posted anywhere of American sales taxes. You have to look them up country by county and city by city, all in a different format. It is a mess. In Canada you have both federal and provincial sales taxes, but no city sales taxes. Happily, there are only 12 provinces/territories and the taxes are stable.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)