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How to Enable VAT Rates for Digital Goods on Shopify

Last modified: December 2, 2021

How to Enable VAT Rates for Digital Goods on Shopify
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Generally, digital goods are free from taxes. This is because it is hard to determine where the tax should be paid. For instance, if you sell products to the US from the UK, do you pay US or UK rates? However, there are some areas and products that do have VAT charges applicable to them.

There are ways that you can add the charge for VAT to those products that require the payment. This allows you to accept the payment and comply with international VAT rules. Below are the instructions for you to add VAT to a collection of digital products.

Step 1 – Login

The first step is to ensure that you’re logged into your Shopify account and are on the Shopify dashboard.

Step 2 – Head to Taxes

On the Shopify dashboard, you need to click on the ‘Settings’ option and then click on the gear icon beside it. Then you need to go down the first column of the settings list and you’ll find the ‘Taxes’ option.

Step 3 – Enable

There are two sections within the ‘Taxes’ section. The first is the ‘Tax Settings’ and the next is the ‘Tax Rates’. In the ‘Tax Settings’ there is a line that reads ‘Enable EU Digital goods VAT rates’. The ‘Enable’ should be underlined. Click on ‘Enable’ to continue.

Step 4 – Choose Enable EU Digital Goods VAT Taxes

After you’ve clicked to enable, another dialog box will display. This will include a short description related to the setup. Be sure to read this information carefully. It will include a lot about the VAT charge. You can then click on the ‘Enable EU Digital Goods VAT Taxes’ button. This will activate the settings.

Step 5 – Select Digital Goods VAT Tax

Now you should see an option that will be stocked that reads ‘Charge EU Digital Goods VAT Taxes’. Below this, you should see ‘Digital Goods VAT Taxes’ in a blue color. You need to select this.

Step 6 – Add Products to Collection

Now you will be directed to the collection for digital goods that need to have VAT taxes charged against them. You should scroll down the page until you get the ‘Products’ section. Click on the browser button and then you will need to tick on all the products you want in the list.

Once you’ve done this, click on the ‘Add’ option to move all the selected products to the collection of products that have VAT charged.

Final Word: How to Enable VAT Rates for Digital Goods on Shopify

Don’t fall foul of EU digital VAT tax laws, ensure that you’re charging VAT on the digital goods you sell through the easy to follow steps above. If you’re selling digital goods. There are also some apps that can help you with charging for digital goods.

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