U.S. tax categories

  • Updated on 25 March 2024
  • 2 min read

U.S. tax categories are only available for shops with Automatic taxes enabled (learn more about Automatic taxes here).

With Automatic taxes enabled, all products are uncategorized for taxes by default. The “uncategorized” status should work for most products. If you have individual products with different tax requirements (like clothing, services, or digital goods), you can assign U.S. tax categories on a product-by-product basis.

Click here for a list of U.S. tax categories.

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Changing the U.S. tax category for a product may change how much tax is collected for that particular product in some locations since tax laws vary from state to state. Adding the correct U.S. tax category will allow TaxJar (the integration we use to automatically collect and remit U.S. sales tax on purchases shipping to the U.S. & Puerto Rico when selling in USD) to identify your products and make sure the correct tax rate is applied in each state.

Before making changes to your U.S. tax categories, we recommend contacting a local tax pro to ensure you are setting the correct category.

Heads up! If your product type is not on this list, then there are likely no exemptions or different tax rates that apply, and you can leave the U.S. tax category setting alone. If you’re unsure, we recommend reaching out to a tax professional for guidance.


  1. Log in at my.bigcartel.com.

  2. Go to Products.

  3. Click the product you want to assign a U.S. tax category to.

  4. Scroll to the U.S. tax category section and click Edit U.S. tax category to adjust the tax category.

  5. Click Done and Save to complete your update.

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