Topic: Selling Topics

Sales Tax & Bonanza

Recently, several states have added Marketplace Facilitator Provisions to their sales tax laws. Bonanza is considered a Marketplace Facilitator, and is therefore responsible for calculating, collecting, and remitting tax for all sales made to buyers located in specific states. We recommend all sellers consult a tax professional in their state to determine their tax obligations. On this page and throughout our site, Bonanza is not acting as a tax advisor and is not able to provide tax advice, but we do want to keep you updated about recent law changes that impact our site.

What is a marketplace facilitator?
How will this impact checkout?
What actions should I take to ensure my items can be purchased by buyers in these states?
What happens if I do not complete the required actions?
What happens if the buyer is refunded?
How is this different from how Bonanza has handled sales tax in the past?
What about collecting sales tax for buyers in other locations?

What is a marketplace facilitator?

A marketplace facilitator is a business or organization that contracts with third parties to sell goods and services on its platform and aids retail sales of at least $250,000 during a 12-month period. That's us! 

How will this impact checkout?

As of December 1, 2019, Bonanza will collect and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for all transactions where the buyer is located in the following states:

  • Alabama 
  • Arizona 
  • California
  • Colorado 
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine 
  • Maryland 
  • New Jersey
  • Texas 
  • Washington State
  • Wyoming

Our partner, TaxCloud, will calculate the tax amount based on the type of product, the buyer’s location, and the location from which the item is shipped. Payment for the item(s) and any shipping costs will be sent directly to the seller, while the tax portion will be sent to Bonanza. Bonanza will then remit the sales tax to those states through our partnership with TaxCloud.

We’re working closely with our partners at TaxCloud to ensure we use the most up-to-date tax rates and regulations. It’s likely that other states will enact Marketplace Facilitator Provisions, which will then require Bonanza to collect tax on additional transactions. We will notify sellers as soon as possible when these changes take effect.

What actions should I take to ensure my items can be purchased by buyers in these states?

1. Authorize Bonanza to collect taxes.

If you accept payments through PayPal or Amazon Pay, you will need to authorize Bonanza to collect the tax amount as a fee. For new sellers, this will be an automatic step in the booth activation process. For existing sellers, you can reauthorize your account here or in your booth settings.

If you accept payments through Stripe, no additional action is necessary, but please note that Bonanza will be collecting the tax amount as a fee when applicable.

2. Ensure you have specified the address from which your items ship.

The origin of the shipment is required in order to calculate the tax. You must include all of the following information:

  • Street address
  • City
  • Postal Code
  • Country

Currently, Bonanza only supports one “ships from” address. A valid ships from address is required to calculate sales tax. If you have more than one shipping location, we recommend using the address where the majority of your items ship from.

You can add or edit that address in your booth settings. Be sure to save any changes you make.

3. Let us know how you manage your shipping costs.

The tax rate depends on whether the buyer is charged the exact cost of the shipment, or if the seller is using flat rate shipping or other methods that involve marking up the shipping cost. You will need to let us know which method you use so we can collect the correct amount of tax on your orders. This information will not be shared with buyers.

There are three options to choose from:

  • I cover the cost of shipping for my items
    • This is most similar to Free Shipping
  • I use flat rate or marked up shipping costs
    • This is most similar to Flat Rate Shipping
  • I charge buyers the exact amount that shipping costs
    • This is most similar to Calculated Shipping 

You can only select one option. If you offer multiple shipping methods or use different shipping methods for different items, we recommend selecting the option that best aligns with how you most often set shipping prices. If you are unsure which of the available options is best for your business, we recommend consulting with a tax professional.

You can add or edit that setting in your booth settings. Be sure to save any changes you make.

What happens if I do not complete the required actions?

If a seller does not complete the reauthorization steps outlined above by August 21, 2019, Bonanza will add the estimated tax to the order total when the buyer is located in AL, AZ, CA, CO, IA, KY, ME, MD, NJ, TX, WA or WY. The buyer will pay the tax to the seller, then Bonanza will bill the seller for the amount of the tax. The charge will be reflected as a "Tax" line item on your billing statement. Bonanza will charge the seller's card on file for the tax due once per day. Bonanza will then remit the tax to the appropriate government agencies. 

What happens if the buyer is refunded?

If the buyer is refunded and Bonanza collected the sales tax, Bonanza will refund the sales tax portion of the order total back to the buyer. If the buyer receives a partial refund, Bonanza will refund a proportional percentage of the sales tax back to the buyer. 

How is this different from how Bonanza has handled sales tax in the past?

Until these changes were enacted, Bonanza as a marketplace did not collect sales tax. Sellers had an option to set up sales tax rules in the Payments & Purchases tab of their booth, but we’ve always left it up to the seller to determine which tax rules apply to their business. Sellers were then responsible for remitting the tax funds to the relevant state.

This process will remain unchanged for all states except for Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Washington State and Wyoming.

What about collecting sales tax for buyers in other locations?

We recommend all sellers consult a tax professional in their state to determine their tax obligations. You are able to create tax rules in your booth for all other locations. Bonanza sellers are also welcome to use TaxCloud to manage their individual sales tax collection and remittance. 

Learn more about using TaxCloud for your business.

Any tax rules created for Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Washington State or Wyoming will be overridden at checkout so that the tax is collected by Bonanza.

 

Want to learn more about the new Marketplace Facilitator Laws? Check out this joint webinar with Bonanza and TaxCloud.