(Paying Taxes Is Just Part Of Business)
Any business, whether online or not, really has to pay
its due taxes. Some people would resort to starting an
online business thinking that they can evade tax
payments if they do so but the truth is, the tax dues
will surely catch up with them one way or another.
Righteous as this may sound, but any business that
does not pay its taxes cannot be considered as a
So, You Want To Start Your Online Business?
Trying to start an online business is pretty much the
same as starting any business in the world. Some
people who are involved with online businesses usually
use their ignorance as an excuse not to pay taxes.
They would say that they didn’t really know where to
go or what government department to approach so they
just went ahead with their online business without
actually referring to the government or the state that
they are under.
The first thing that you should do if you want to
start your online business is to go to your local town
hall and try to list down the requirements needed to
form a business in your location.
You should also ask what is required at both state and
federal levels. Most communities would actually
require you to register a trade name. If you wish or
choose to operate from your home, you should ask about
the local zoning laws.
Learn About The Sales Tax Requirements
Your online business will more or less fall under the
category of a mail order business (that is if you are
planning to sell stuffs online). You will need to
learn about the sales tax requirements that come along
with your online business so that you will not
encounter any problems in the future.
If for example you don’t have a nexus in another
state, you can still sell and ship your merchandise to
costumers residing in another state without actually
charging Sales Tax. However, sales to the residents in
the same state that you are living in will definitely
require a collection of Sales Tax and remittance to
the Sales Tax Department of your state.
Operate Your Business Honestly
If you want to have a successful online business, you
should try to keep it as clean and honest as possible.
Don’t even try to pull off any illegal or mischievous
tricks in your business or it may jeopardize your
Make sure that you abide by the Truth in Advertising
requirements; do not give customers misleading ads
because they will only end up being disappointed or
unsatisfied with your services which could lead to
In a nutshell, trying to start and operate an online
business requires ample time, effort, honesty and
sincerity. It’s a sad fact that a lot of people use
the Internet for scamming others and earning money
However, it does not mean that it should be a trend
that should be followed. It is greatly possible to
have an online business that is clean, honest and
legal. If you really want to pursue your online
business, the tips mentioned here will be truly of
help to you and if you still need more help and
assistance, a visit to a lawyer will surely be of
Remember, taxes and your online business go hand in
hand for success.