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

Since digital products don't 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 don't require taxes, though this is something you should check with your local tax authority.

Reminder

These changes are made at the variant level. This means that if, for example, you sell a book in both hard copy and digital form, you can adjust one variant and not the other.

To disable shipping and tax requirements:

  1. From your store Admin, go to the Products page.

  2. Click the name of your digital product.

  3. In the Inventory & Variants section, click Edit next to the variant you want to update.

  4. In the Edit Variant dialog, you'll see these two options:

    • Charge taxes on this product
    • Require a shipping address.

    These options are enabled by default.

    To disable one or both options, uncheck the boxes.

  5. Save your changes.

To enable shipping and tax requirements:

  1. From your store Admin, go to the Products page.

  2. Click the name of your digital product.

  3. In the Inventory & Variants section, click Edit next to the variant you want to update.

  4. When the Edit Variant dialog opens, check the box next to Charge taxes on this product, if you want to enable tax requirements.

  5. If you want to require a shipping address, you must:

    • enter an accurate weight in the Weight field of the Edit Variant dialog
    • check the box next to Require a shipping address.
  6. Save your changes.

Advanced: CSV product imports with shipping required and taxable variants

If you need to edit the settings for a large number of products, you might want to perform a bulk update. For this, export the products that need to be updated as a .csv file, then edit the columns shown in the table:

Variant Requires Shipping Set to true or left blank if the variant is a tangible item. Set to false otherwise.
Variant Taxable Set to true or left blank if the variant is taxable. Set to false otherwise.
Variant Grams Enter a non-zero value if Variant Requires Shipping is set to true or left blank.
Leave blank or set to zero if Variant Requires Shipping is set to false.

When you've finished editing your .csv file, import it to your store. Be sure to check the option: Overwrite existing products that have the same handle.

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