Congratulations on your success as an Amazon seller! As your business flourishes, navigating the world of taxes becomes increasingly important. Understanding your tax obligations ensures you stay compliant with regulations and maximize your profits. This comprehensive guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to tackle Amazon seller taxes in 2024.

Remember, tax deadlines vary depending on your business structure (sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.). We’ll cover key deadlines for both individual and business filers to ensure you stay on top of your tax obligations.

Types of Taxes for Amazon Sellers

As an Amazon seller, understanding the different types of taxes you’re responsible for is crucial. Here’s a breakdown of the main taxes you’ll encounter:

A. Income Tax

Income tax is the federal tax levied on your business profits. In simple terms, it’s the tax you pay on the money you earn after subtracting your business expenses from your total sales. The specific tax rate you pay depends on your taxable income after deductions and credits (we’ll discuss these later).

B. Sales Tax

Sales tax is a state and (sometimes) local tax levied on the retail sale of certain goods. Whether you’re responsible for collecting sales tax depends on several factors, including:

  • Your location: Some states have sales tax “nexus” laws that require sellers to collect sales tax if they have a physical presence in the state (like a warehouse) or exceed a certain sales threshold within the state.
  • The location of your buyer: Generally, you’re responsible for collecting sales tax if you’re shipping to a state with sales tax and you have nexus in that state.
  • The type of product you sell: Certain items like groceries may be exempt from sales tax.

In recent years, many states have enacted “Marketplace Facilitator” or “Marketplace Fairness” laws. These laws essentially shift the responsibility of collecting and remitting sales tax from individual sellers to Amazon (or other online marketplaces) for certain transactions. However, these laws and their application can vary by state.

The key takeaway here is that sales tax can be a complex issue for Amazon sellers. It’s crucial to understand your specific sales tax obligations based on your location, your buyers’ locations, and the products you sell. 

C. International Taxes (if applicable)

If you’re selling internationally, you may encounter additional tax obligations depending on the destination country. Two common international taxes you might encounter are:

  • Value Added Tax (VAT): A tax levied on the incremental value added to products and services at each stage of production and distribution. VAT rates and regulations vary significantly by country.
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST): Similar to VAT, GST is a consumption tax levied on the supply of goods and services. GST is most commonly found in countries like Canada, Australia, and India.

Important Note: International tax laws are complex and can change frequently. If you’re selling internationally, consulting with a tax professional who specializes in international business is highly recommended.

Tax Forms and Records

Staying organized with your finances is essential for any business, but especially crucial when it comes to taxes. Here’s what you need to know about tax forms and record-keeping for Amazon seller taxes:

A. Form 1099-K from Amazon

If your Amazon seller account meets certain thresholds, you’ll receive a Form 1099-K from Amazon. This form reports your gross sales for the year and serves as an informational document for filing your income taxes. Here are the key points to remember about the 1099-K:

  • Who receives it: You’ll only receive a 1099-K if your total sales for the year exceed $600 and you have more than 200 transactions.
  • What it reports: The 1099-K reports your total gross sales, including any sales tax collected by Amazon and remitted to states (be sure to factor this out when calculating your taxable income).
  • How to use it: The 1099-K serves as a starting point for reporting your income on your tax return. You’ll need to reconcile it with your own records to account for your business expenses and calculate your final taxable income.

B. Keeping Accurate Records

The importance of maintaining meticulous records cannot be overstated. Having a clear and organized system will not only save you time and frustration come tax season but also ensure you don’t miss out on any potential deductions. Here are some key records to keep for your Amazon seller taxes:

  • Sales records: Track all your sales transactions, including the date, amount, product details, and customer information.
  • Expense records: Maintain detailed records of all your business expenses, like product costs, shipping fees, advertising costs, and any other relevant business-related expenses.
  • Inventory records: Keep track of your inventory, including purchase prices, quantities, and sales activity. This will help you accurately determine your cost of goods sold, which is a crucial factor in calculating your taxable income.

By diligently keeping these records, you’ll be well-prepared to file your Amazon seller taxes accurately and efficiently. Remember, good record-keeping practices will not only benefit you at tax time but also provide valuable insights into your business performance throughout the year.

Tax Deductions and Credits for Amazon Sellers

As an Amazon seller, you’re eligible to deduct many of your business expenses from your taxable income, which can significantly reduce your tax burden. Here’s a breakdown of some common tax deductions for Amazon sellers:

A. Business Expenses

This broad category encompasses a wide range of costs directly related to running your Amazon business. Some deductible business expenses include:

  • Cost of Goods Sold (COGS): This refers to the direct costs associated with acquiring the products you sell, including wholesale price, manufacturing costs, and shipping costs to get the inventory to your fulfillment location.
  • Amazon Seller Fees: Fees charged by Amazon for using their platform, such as referral fees, fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) fees, and advertising fees, are all deductible business expenses.
  • Shipping Supplies: The cost of packaging materials like boxes, tape, labels, and any other supplies used to ship your products to customers is deductible.
  • Business Subscriptions and Software: Monthly subscriptions for software programs used to manage your business, like inventory management software, accounting software, or marketing tools, can be deducted.
  • Office Supplies and Equipment: Expenses for essential office supplies like printer ink, paper, and computer equipment used specifically for your business are deductible.
  • Advertising and Marketing Costs: The money you spend on marketing your products, including Amazon Ads, social media advertising, or website development costs, can be deducted.
  • Home Office Expenses (if applicable): If you dedicate a specific area of your home exclusively for your Amazon business, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of your home office expenses. However, specific rules and limitations apply, so consulting a tax professional is recommended.

B. Tax Credits

Tax credits are dollar-for-dollar reductions of your tax liability. While less common than deductions, there may be certain tax credits available to Amazon sellers depending on your location and business activities. It’s important to research any potential tax credits applicable to your specific circumstances.

Important Note: It’s important to remember that the IRS has strict guidelines regarding deductions. While keeping detailed records is crucial, it’s equally important to ensure all your deductions are legitimate and verifiable. If you’re unsure about the deductibility of a particular expense, consulting with a tax professional is highly recommended.

Helpful Resources for Amazon Seller Taxes

Navigating the world of Amazon seller taxes can feel overwhelming, especially for new Amazon sellers. Fortunately, there are a wealth of resources available to help you navigate the process and ensure you’re filing your taxes accurately and efficiently. Here are some key resources to consider:

A. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Website

The IRS website ( is a treasure trove of information for taxpayers, including Amazon sellers. The website offers a vast array of resources, including:

  • Publications and forms specifically tailored to small businesses.
  • Tax calculators and tools to help estimate your tax liability.
  • Online tutorials and guidance on various tax topics.
  • Information on tax deadlines and filing requirements.

B. State Tax Authority Websites

Each state has its own tax authority website with information specific to your state’s tax laws and regulations. These websites can be a valuable resource for understanding your state’s sales tax laws, potential tax credits available to businesses, and filing instructions for state income taxes.

C. Tax Software Programs

Several tax software programs cater specifically to small businesses. These programs can help you streamline the tax filing process by automating calculations, organizing your records, and generating tax forms. While these programs can be helpful, it’s important to choose a reputable software provider and understand the limitations of these programs. Complex tax situations may still require the expertise of a tax professional.

D. Tax Professionals

Consulting with a qualified tax professional can be a wise investment, especially for new business owners or those with complex tax situations. A tax professional can offer personalized advice on maximizing your deductions and credits, ensure you’re complying with all tax regulations, and help you navigate the tax filing process with confidence. Look for a tax professional who has experience working with small businesses and ideally, experience with Amazon sellers specifically.

Stay on Top of Amazon Seller Taxes with North One

Understanding your tax obligations as an Amazon seller is essential for running a successful and compliant business. By familiarizing yourself with the different types of taxes that may apply, keeping meticulous records, and exploring potential deductions and credits, you can significantly reduce your tax burden. 

North One can simplify your Amazon seller taxes even further with integrations to leading accounting software and exports of business transactions. Apply for a North One Connected Bank Account today and set yourself up for success when tax season rolls around next year!