How can I disable/enable taxes or shipping requirements for my digital products?

Since digital products do not require shipping in a traditional sense, you can disable the shipping fees and shipping address requirements for these products. At the same time, many digital products do not require taxes, though this is something you should check with your local tax authority.

To disable Shipping and Tax requirements:

  1. From your shop admin, go to the Products page.

  2. Click on the name of the product you want to disable shipping and tax requirements.

  3. Scroll down to the area entitled "Inventory & Variants". Click on the edit link next to the variant you want to disable shipping and tax requirements.

  4. In the "Edit variant" window, you will see these two options:

    • Charge taxes
    • Require a shipping address

    These two options will be enabled by default.

  5. To disable one or both options, uncheck the checkboxes.

  6. Save your changes.

Reminder

If you have made a mistake or wish to enable these options at a later time, you will need to go back and change these settings for every individual variant of your product. This way, if you have a product such as a book that comes in both a hard copy, and a digital form, you can adjust one variant and not the other.

To enable Shipping and Tax requirements:

  1. From your shop admin, go to the Products page.

  2. Click on the name of the product you want to disable shipping and tax requirements.

  3. Scroll down to the area entitled "Inventory & Variants". Click on the edit link next to the variant you want to disable shipping and tax requirements.

  4. In the "Edit variant" window, you will see these two options:

    • Charge taxes
    • Require a shipping address

    To enable shipping requirements, you must give your product a weight. Enter the weight of your product in the indicated text box (see image below). Click the checkbox next to Require a shipping address.

    To enable tax requirements, click the checkbox next to Charge taxes.

  5. Save your changes.

Advanced: CSV product imports with Shipping required and Taxable variants

If you need to edit the settings for a very large number of products, you may want to perform a 'bulk update'. For this, export the products that need to be updated as .csv file in your admin, then edit the values that appear in these columns:

  • Variant Requires Shipping

  • Variant Taxable

  • Variant Grams

'Variant Requires Shipping' must be set to true or left blank if the variant is a tangible good, and set to false otherwise. 'Variant Taxable' must be set to true or left blank if the variant is taxable, and set to false otherwise. If 'Variant Requires Shipping' is set to true or left blank, you can enter a non-zero value under 'Variant Grams'. If 'Variant Requires Shipping' is set to false, leave the 'Variant Grams' field blank or set it to 0.

When you are done editing your .csv file, import it to your shop using the option 'overwriting existing products'.

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