Is Shipping Taxable in South Dakota?

by Jennifer Dunn January 21, 2021


Last updated July 14, 2017

Do you charge your customers for shipping? If you do, you next need to determine if you should charge sales tax on those shipping charges. Some states consider shipping taxable, while others do not. Today we’ll look at shipping taxability in South Dakota.

Is Shipping Taxable in South Dakota?

Here’s what the South Dakota Department of Revenue has to say about shipping taxability:

Delivery charges Taxable South Dakota

Well that was easy. Thanks, South Dakota! Delivery charges (i.e. shipping charges) on taxable items are taxable. If what you are selling is tax-exempt, then you don’t need to charge sales tax on the shipping charges. If some items in the shipment are taxable and some are not, just calculate what percentage of the shipping charges apply to the taxable item(s) and charge sales tax on that.

For examples on shipping taxability, check out South Dakota’s June 2016 publication on delivery charges and taxability in the state.

Summary of Shipping Taxability in South Dakota

South Dakota almost always requires sellers to charge sales tax on shipping charges. The only time you wouldn’t charge sales tax on shipping charges are when you are shipping a box full of non-taxable items. If some items are taxable and some are not, charge sales tax based on the shipping charges for the taxable items.

Have questions about shipping taxability in another state? Check out our “Is Shipping Taxable?” state-by-state guide.

Please note: This blog is for informational purposes only. Be advised that sales tax rules and laws are subject to change at any time. For specific sales tax advice regarding your business, contact a tax advisor.


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