Charge tax on orders


You might not believe it at first, but charging taxes in your Big Cartel shop is really easy. If seeing the words “taxes” and “easy” in the same sentence seems way too good to be true, check it out for yourself. 💰

  • Taxes are only charged on orders that are placed to your taxed location. For example, if you set up your taxes for Texas at 8.25%, only your Texan customers will be charged tax. Make sense?

  • For United States sellers, in most cases tax is only charged for the state where your business is located. So, you’ll likely only need one rate for your home state - but be sure to check on local tax laws or with an accountant to make sure.

  • European stores will be able to choose a home country, or set a rate for the entire European Union.

  • All other countries can set taxes for their store’s home country by default.



  1. Head to the area in your admin.
  2. Scroll down to the Preferences area and click Edit Preferences.
  3. Toggle the Charge tax on orders setting on.
  4. If you’re based in the United States, choose a state. For European stores, choose your country or the entire EU.
  5. Set the tax rate that will apply to orders placed to that location.

Sorry, right now this can only be done on Desktop. Here's how to get there from the Mobile admin:

  1. Tap the menu icon and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Use the desktop admin.
  3. Follow the Desktop steps.

Sorry, right now this can only be done on Desktop. Here's how to get there from the iOS app:

  1. Tap your store image in the top left.
  2. Tap Use the web admin.
  3. Follow the Desktop steps.
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