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Is there any word on when commerce shops on Squarespace will be able to specify if some items or product categories are exempt from sales tax? I have a client who is looking for a work around so that she doesn't charge customers for tax on a specific product category in her shop. 

I realize this isn't an option now, but it would be such a great (and necessary) feature for so many reasons!

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As I mentioned in this 2020 post, Squarespace does not support zero-rated VAT for physical products and there are no useful workarounds for this issue. The situation is unchanged today.

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1 minute ago, ArtandPoetry said:

For the items you want to be tax exempt, you can list them as a service instead of a product.

The problem with this workaround is that service products won't prompt for shipping.

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On 2/10/2022 at 10:21 PM, ArtandPoetry said:

Maybe shipping costs could be added to the product price. Strange that this isn't an easy thing to do.

Shipping costs cannot be added to a service product to their cart, so you'd need to add it as a physical product. Here's hoping this (and the other commerce limitations are fixed soon)!

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On 4/25/2022 at 11:11 AM, MrCutto said:

Is there any solutions on VAT and zero VAT rated products. 

VAT exemption isn’t available for individual products. See my longer answer here: 

For more information, see my up-to-date list of Squarespace Commerce Limitations.

 

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On 4/25/2022 at 1:39 PM, paul2009 said:

VAT exemption isn’t available for individual products. See my longer answer here: 

For more information, see my up-to-date list of Squarespace Commerce Limitations.

 

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But in sweden we have 25% VAT. and we have 12% VAT. And we have 6% VAT & we have 0% VAT.

Is there anyway to run a SQSP commerce store legally in Sweden..? I can't see how without individual tax rates?

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7 minutes ago, www.Marsden.IT said:

But in sweden we have 25% VAT. and we have 12% VAT. And we have 6% VAT & we have 0% VAT.

The issue is the same in many other countries where VAT rates also vary. In the United Kingdom, we have a standard rate of 20% that applies to most goods, a reduced rate of 5% and a 0% rate for most food and children’s clothes. 

If all your goods are subject to VAT at the same rate then Squarespace works well because you can set this VAT rate for all physical products, and optionally charge this for services.

However if you sell products outside the US that are subject to different VAT rates then Squarespace isn't currently suitable because you cannot use product tax categories outside the US.

 

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How is this still an issue?!  New business, new site, new e-store.  Our products are GST exempt in Australia but shipping is not, we have no option or workaround for this which is really frustrating.  Having serious regrets that we didn't just go with Shopify instead!  Shopify has a checkbox and you can just make the product tax exempt, squarespace is being lazy AF.

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