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Developers can now set tax categories for in-app purchases


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Apple is making it easier for developers to handle taxes in a number of territories.

In an update on the Apple Developer website, the company announced the addition of tax categories. The new feature will allow developers to list what tax regulation applies to their app in 64 territories which will help Apple to administer tax for them.

The App Store makes it easy for you to manage transactions in 175 territories, and Apple administers tax on behalf of developers in 64 of those territories. Now App Store Connect provides the ability to assign tax categories to your apps and in-app purchases. These categories are based on your app’s content (for example, videos, books, or news publications) and determine which tax regulations apply in each territory, allowing Apple to administer tax for you at specific rates.

The feature will even let developers set different tax categories for each separate in-app purchase if they happen to land under tax regulations. If developers don’t set anything, all purchases will continue to be assigned to the App Store software category.

To assign categories, visit the Pricing and Availability section for your app in App Store Connect. If a category applies to your app, select it at the app level to apply it to the app and its associated in-app purchases. You can also manage each in-app purchase individually. Your selections will be applied to future transactions and you can view the new Transaction Tax report the first full month after you configure your settings. If you choose not to make any changes, your apps and in-app purchases will be assigned the App Store software category at the same tax rate used today. Adjust these settings at any time as the characterization of your apps or in-app purchases evolve or as tax legislation changes.

Developers can learn more about setting tax categories on the App Store Connect Help website.

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