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Sales and Use Tax in the United States for non-American sellers: make sure you are compliant


Would you like to use the services of a tax representative in the United States?

La "Sales and Use tax" aux États-Unis pour les vendeurs non américains

As the global economy expands, businesses face complex challenges related to state and local taxes. US state regulations and rules are constantly changing, which can be a daunting task. Interstate compliance requirements are complex, making it difficult for companies to meet their tax obligations in a timely and efficient manner.


Sales and use taxes are taxes levied on the sale or use of goods and services in the United States. They are generally levied by local governments (states, counties or municipalities) and vary according to jurisdiction. Sales and use tax rates may also vary depending on the types of goods and services involved.

As the global economy expands, businesses face complex challenges related to state and local taxes. US state regulations and rules are constantly changing, which can be a daunting task. Compliance requirements between states are complex, making it difficult for businesses to meet their tax obligations in a timely and efficient manner.

What are your needs?

When can we help you?

ASD Group can provide you with all the expertise and skills you need for the following operations:

Do you want to start selling in the United States?

Our experts can carry out audits of a company’s SUT practices to identify potential areas of non-compliance. ASD Group will minimise the risk of penalties and assist with tax planning.

Sales of projects and consultancy services in the United States

Managing US sales and projects, such as equipment sales with installation and maintenance services, requires appropriate tax compliance. Our firm can help you deal with these complexities.

Sales of goods to US customers

Whether you sell taxable products directly to B2B or B2C customers, our experts can provide advice and support to ensure your business is tax compliant.

What can we do for you?

Our tax advisory and compliance services are aimed at non-U.S. companies and offer a full range of services, including:

Obtaining a federal employer identification number (EIN) for your foreign entity

The first step for foreign companies wishing to do business in the United States.

Preparation and submission of registration applications

State tax and sales tax for non-US companies.

Sales tax returns for international sellers

Monthly, quarterly and annual filing of sales and use tax returns.

Why call on ASD Group?

The tax environment is constantly evolving. More than ever, companies are realising that adopting a winning tax strategy is essential to long-term profitability. Managing US Sales and Use Tax requires specialist expertise. That’s why choosing ASD Group means :

A specialised, expert team that can help you navigate state laws and regulations, including registration and filing requirements.

We provide comprehensive advice to our clients dealing with a range of state and local tax issues.

We can also provide expert advice and implement effective planning strategies to reduce the overall state tax burden, resulting in significant tax savings.

What are the benefits?

We provide you with innovative software tools to simplify tax management and processing in the United States.

For more than 20 years, our qualified experts have been committed to simplifying your procedures and obligations in the United States.

ASD Group is your one-stop shop for tax compliance and your gateway to North America to develop your business.

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Frequently asked questions about sales tax

Non-US sellers may be required to collect US sales tax, depending on a number of factors.

The obligation to collect sales tax is generally determined by the existence of a tax nexus in a given US state. The Nexus can be established on the basis of various factors such as physical presence, economic activity or the attainment of specific thresholds set by each State.

Non-U.S. sellers can determine their sales tax nexus by evaluating their activities in each U.S. state, taking into account factors such as physical presence (e.g. office, employees, warehouses), inventory storage, sales volume or whether they meet economic thresholds set by each state.

The thresholds and exemptions for collecting sales tax vary from state to state. Some states set economic nexus thresholds based on turnover or transaction volume. It is important to check the specific requirements of each state where sales are made.

Registration requirements vary from state to state. Non-US sellers must generally register with the tax authority in each state where they have a nexus. To do this, they must complete registration forms and provide the necessary information.

The frequency of sales tax returns depends on state regulations. It may be monthly, quarterly or annually. Some states may require more frequent returns where the volume of sales is greater.

Yes, there are a number of software and service providers that can help non-U.S. sellers automate tax calculations, file returns and manage U.S. sales tax compliance.

Non-US sellers can claim a sales tax refund for purchases made for resale. Each state has its own rules and procedures for claiming these refunds.

Yes, there may be specific rules and considerations for digital products or services sold by non-U.S. sellers, such as the application of sales tax to digital goods or services and the potential need to collect tax on digital downloads or subscriptions.

Penalties for non-compliance with U.S. sales tax requirements vary from state to state and can include fines, interest on unpaid taxes and other enforcement actions. It is important to comply with sales tax obligations to avoid potential penalties.

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