Iowa Sales Tax for Photographers

by Dec 31, 2020Sales Tax

To begin you have to ask yourself 3 questions…


DEFINITIONS

let’s first take a look at what each of these sale tax terms means so that you can understand how it pertains to Photographers in Iowa.
These definitions are laid out below.


👉NEXUS

So, what’s nexus? The term “nexus” is used in tax law to describe a situation in which a business has a tax presence in a particular state. A nexus is basically a connection between the taxing authority and a business that must collect or pay the tax. It’s possible to have nexus in more than one state especially if you travel to another state to shoot. So you want to be sure you understand the laws of each state you work in.


👉SOURCE

The source indicates where the sales are taxed.

  • Origin-sourced sales are taxed where the seller is located, so this is based on your zip code.
  • Destination-sourced sales are taxed at the location where the buyer takes possession of the item sold.

Also, keep in mind if the client picks up tangible goods from your location or studio, this is the point where the transaction happens. If you mail or ship to the client, it will be by their zip, not yours.


👉PHYSICAL GOODS

Any physical products sold to a client, items you can touch and hold like prints, albums, frames, etc…


👉DIGITAL GOODS

These are digital items delivered electronically via telephone lines, over the internet, by email, or by another alternative form of non-physical transmission.
Beware of digital prints delivered on a physical device such as a thumb drive or CD as these are no longer digital and are now considered physical because you can touch them.
Services are anything needed to produce the end product, such as shooting, editing, culling, touchup, etc…


👉SERVICES

Services are anything needed to produce the end product, such as shooting, editing, culling, touchup, etc…


👉SHIPPING

This is any shipping charged by you to your client. Third parties such as album companies who dropship or online
galleries where clients can order prints will take care of their own shipping. But if you charge your client shipping,
this is where the shipping rules in this guide apply to you.


Iowa Sales Tax for Photographers

Below are the sales tax requirements for Photographers in Iowa broken out. You will find supporting links and resources at the bottom of this post.


✅Iowa Nexus

Physical presence; providing service in person, having a physical location, a warehouse, inventory, traveling salespeople or representatives, attending trade shows, or taking orders or deposits in person.


✅Iowa Source

Iowa uses destination-based sales tax; this means the tax rate is based on the zip code of the buyer’s address or where the buyer took possession of the final goods.


✅Iowa Physical Goods

Iowa imposes sales tax on physical goods.


✅Iowa Digital goods

As of January 2019, even digital prints and links are now taxable in Iowa.


✅Iowa Services

Effective July 2018, all photography and retouching services are taxable regardless of whether the final product is physical or electronic.


✅Iowa Shipping

Shipping is taxable in Iowa if charged to customer.


📆Monthly liability / Filing Frequency:

$500.01 to $5,000.00/ Monthly
$5,000.01 and up / Monthly with Prepayment
$10.01-500.00/ Quarterly
$0.00-10.00/ Annual

📆Monthly

Due the 20th of the following month

📆Quarterly

PERIOD/DUE

Q1 (JAN – MAR) / APR30
Q2 (APR – JUN) /JUL31
Q3 (JUL – SEP) / OCT31
Q4 (OCT – DEC) /JAN31*(Following year)

📆Annually

JAN-DEC / JAN31 (Following year)


LINKS

Iowa Department of Revenue
⭐️LookUp Rates
⭐️Iowa Department Of Revenue – Photography & Retouching Services


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