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    Newbie Merchant in Canada
    I am a soon to be merchant and will be setting up an affiliate network. I live in Canada, and have yet to explore anything to do with taxes. Are there any Canadians here who have experience with this? I know it's probably not a simple answer, but I'm just looking for something to help me get started with my education in regards to tax laws and affiliate marketing in Canada.

    Also, I won't be doing business only in Canada, so is that a factor?

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    fifthhouse,

    Are you setting up an affiliate network or affiliate program as a merchant? Where will you be making your income (US or Canada)?
    Last edited by CanadianDave; January 13th, 2011 at 06:03 AM.

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    Thanks for responding to my post. I will be setting up an affiliate program as a merchant, and will be doing business online, selling a digital download. People will purchase it from the US, Canada, and anywhere else in the world. But the business, a sole proprietorship, will be based in Canada.

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    Our Revenue Canada has yet to get into online taxes. If you are a credible company of course you will pay. You should be talking to an accountant here in Canada.

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    If your Joining a network such as SAS/CJ etc.. then I would ask the network the question, they work work with other Canadian Merchants and my already know the answer or know who to ask.
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    OK so it's just a matter of filing my regular taxes including self employment/small business income. That's simple enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fifthhouse View Post
    OK so it's just a matter of filing my regular taxes including self employment/small business income. That's simple enough.
    That is what I do for my Afiliate income.
    Last edited by kse; January 13th, 2011 at 09:56 AM.
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    Well that's a great relief. When I saw all the subforums for tax laws on this site, I thought "Oh Oh, this doesn't look good". I'm glad to know it's nothing complicated.

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    I think it will be a bit different too because it's a downloadable product. If it was something being shipped to or from a particular state, I think it would be very different.

    Where are you located? I'm in Vancouver and we manage affiliate programs from here. If you need a little guidance or help just let me know (or any other OPM in the forum).

    Best,

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    Thanks Sarah,

    I'm currently in Sao Paulo Brazil, but will be operating my business out of Nova Scotia. I might be interested in your help. When you say you manage affiliate programs, do you mean that you find affiliates for merchants and manage those relationships, etc?

    Regards,
    Craig

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    Hi Craig,

    Yes, OPMs (which stands for Outsourced Program Manager / Management) help you design, launch and manage your affiliate programs so they are successful. There are a number of good ones on this forum and you're welcome to check out the OPM section to see who's out there.

    Let me know if you need anything else

    Sarah

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    Thanks for the information Sarah. I'm getting very close to launching my product so I will be developing my affiliate end of things soon.

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