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May 28th, 2010, 01:33 PM
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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Michigan
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I have some questions on taxes I'm hoping someone can answer!

If I sell items locally (handmade items) do I have to charge sales tax? Does anyone know where I can find the laws on charging sales tax?

What about the laws on what you have to claim on your taxes? I've been keeping track of my expenses and sales, but I'm curious to know how well I might need to keep track of everything.

TIA for any help you can give me!
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)

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May 28th, 2010, 03:10 PM
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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: USA
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Yes you need to charge sales tax for where you are located.

Yes you need to keep track of EVERYTHING you make, you claim what you make on txes as your income and then you can write off your expenses (whatever it cost for you to make or buy that item, ship it (if your customer didn't pay for that), packaging, if you do internet sales you can write off your internet bill, etc). And you need to keep PERFECT records and save them for 7 years in case you get audited.

If you have any other questions feel free to PM me if you'd like, I've been doing mine for the past 5 years, 3 of which I've been my own business.
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June 1st, 2010, 08:47 AM
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i agree you will need to charge sales tax for the local sales.

You can try googling it or check out the IRS site.

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June 1st, 2010, 03:07 PM
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It should be fairly easy to find the info...just google sole proprietorships and your state I haven't had an in-state sale yet, but have my tax id just in case!!
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