Before, garage sales and flea markets were the most popular venues for selling pre-owned or used items that you would want to get rid of and at the same time earn money from. However, thanks to the technological developments that have happened through the years, we can now have easy access to the Internet and have the options to sell our stuffs there.
If you have been selling your stuffs on the Internet and if you still have future plans to do so, you might want to consider taxes and your online business before you continue with it.
Selling On eBay Or From Your Own Website
A lot of people today are getting attracted by the fact that they can actually sell almost anything on the internet by just posting it on eBay, their own web site or any other site that offers practically the same services.
However, what most people don’t know is that there are actually rules and laws that cover selling items on the Internet.
Getting Serious In Your Online Business
If you have been selling your stuffs for quite a long time already, you may consider it as an income-generating activity, right? Having an online business really has a lot of perks and advantages such as being able to work right at home, not having to have your own boss, etc.
However, having an online business doesn’t mean that you are free from paying your taxes. When you decide to be more serious about your online business, there are a lot of things you have to consider.
Perhaps the first and most important thing you have to consider is the legality of your online business. Make sure that you are not breaking any rule or law so that you and your reputation won’t be in jeopardy.
In addition to that, you must be aware of the several laws that come along with online businesses such as tax rules.
You have to be aware of the different taxation conditions of different states and countries because since you will be having a business online, people from different parts of the world will more or less become your customers or potential business partners.
You must also be aware of the process for paying federal and state taxes for online businesses. Maybe you will have some questions such as:
"Do I need a tax ID number?", "Do I need to file specific paper works or forms?", "How do I begin to pay federal and state taxes?", etc.
Some of the basic things you need to know about having a legal online business is that your business is actually the one that will pay income taxes in pretty much the same way it would if it were a brick-and-mortar kin of business.
The address for filing you income tax will be the principal business address of the entity. The laws of the particular states that you transact or have business with are the ones that would determine whether you will be required to pay state income taxes.
You should also be aware that a lot of states impose "sales" taxes on items that are purchased by the residents of their state. For you not to get in trouble or end up getting dazed and confused with the many laws and conditions of taxes and your online business, you can try to consult a lawyer knowledgeable in these matters.