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Is Shipping in Nevada Taxable?

by Mark Faggiano

Shipping Nevada Taxable

Confused if you’re supposed to charge sales tax on shipping costs? Unfortunately, each state is completely different when it comes to this – some make you collect, others don’t, and others have incredibly complicated rules. This doesn’t help you run your business efficiently.

To help you out, we’re going state by state to find out what the different rules are. Today we’re going to cover Nevada.

Sales Tax on Shipping in Nevada?

As mentioned above, some states have made shipping sales tax collection simple by just not making sellers collect it. Luckily for you, Nevada is one of those states. From the Nevada Department of Taxation:

Nevada Shipping Tax

“…and as of May 2009 transportation, shipping, and postage charges are not taxable if separately stated on the customer’s invoice.”

Sounds simple, right? As long as you don’t include the cost of shipping in the cost of the item on the invoice or packing slip, you don’t have to collect sales tax on shipping.

Summary of Sales Tax on Shipping in Nevada

While some states seem to go out of their way to be confusing and have nonsense rules, Nevada is straightforward. Basically, if you separately state the shipping AND handling on the invoice, you don’t have to collect sales tax on shipping costs. If you don’t separately state it, and just charge the customer one set total price, you’ll have to collect it.  (This latter rule applies for FBA sellers and other sellers who use a fulfillment service and don’t separate out shipping and handling on the invoice.)

That’s it! Let’s all take a minute and appreciate that Nevada not only made sure to make the rules simple but to also wrote up a FAQ on sales tax questions. If you’ve dealt with sales tax at all you know how rare this is!

Have questions or comments about shipping in Nevada? Leave a comment below and start the discussion!

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  • Joan Sullivan Cartwright

    We went to a seminar in Yacaipa, California. At the free seminar i made a credit card purchase of some equipment ( water pond skimmer, submersible equipment used to clean water ponds ) .
    We picked-up what we purchased that day. We only had one item shipped, because they did not have it in stock, although we paid for it already.
    We are residents of Las Vegas Nevada.
    The California merchant charged us Local Sales Tax
    of 8%! It ‘s an extra 64.83 cents on top of our purchase. It took away the appeal of the 20% discount. It just added to the expense of our trip.
    Should the merchant pay us back that Local Sales Tax we were charged? I’m confused about this charge. Thanks for any advise!

  • Joan Sullivan Cartwright

    We went to a seminar in Yacaipa, California. At the free seminar i made a credit card purchase of some equipment ( water pond skimmer, submersible equipment used to clean water ponds ) .
    We picked-up what we purchased that day. We only had one item shipped, because they did not have it in stock, although we paid for it already.
    We are residents of Las Vegas Nevada.
    The California merchant charged us Local Sales Tax
    of 8%! It ‘s an extra 64.83 cents on top of our purchase. It took away the appeal of the 20% discount. It just added to the expense of our trip.
    Should the merchant pay us back that Local Sales Tax we were charged? I’m confused about this charge. Thanks for any advise!

    • Hi Joan,

      Merchants charge sales tax based on whether or not they have sales tax nexus. It sounds like they had nexus so charged sales tax. Also, in instances where you aren’t charged sales tax you are supposed to pay “use tax” to your state on the item if you plan to use it in that state. (That said, consumer use tax is notoriously hard to actually enforce! Here’s more about it: http://taxjar.wpengine.com/use-tax-definition/

      I hope this has provided some context!

    • Hi Joan,

      Merchants charge sales tax based on whether or not they have sales tax nexus. It sounds like they had nexus so charged sales tax. Also, in instances where you aren’t charged sales tax you are supposed to pay “use tax” to your state on the item if you plan to use it in that state. (That said, consumer use tax is notoriously hard to actually enforce! Here’s more about it: http://taxjar.wpengine.com/use-tax-definition/

      I hope this has provided some context!

  • GaiusGracchus33_1

    I don’t understand the shipping and handling — is it just shipping or do they have to list shipping separately from handling? If shipping and handling are lumped together – is sales tax on both?

  • Tagsmm tagsevolution

    We had a customer buy an item from our store located in Nevada but he wanted it shipped to California where we have no stores located. He is stating that we need to wave the sales tax on the transaction because we are shipping the item to a state that we are not located in. Is this true?

    • Hi there,

      Normally when a customer makes a purchase the sales tax charged is the tax rate at the point of sale. For online purchases, the point of sale is the ship-to address. So if you don’t have nexus in the state where the ship to address is located (in this case, in California) then there wouldn’t be a sales tax. Here’s a lot more about nexus: http://blog.taxjar.com/sales-tax-nexus-definition/ I hope this helps!

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