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Do I have to pay taxes to IRS if I buy things from company in the Middle East ?

Does the company in the Middle East have to pay taxes to the IRS ?

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Hello Jack,

If you buy products for personal use from the foreign company you don't have to pay tax on purchases. Neither the foreign company must pay tax to IRS for export of goods (although they may have tariff payments, which is the foreign trade issue, not the IRS).

However, if you have business relations with the foreign company  - i.e. that company is your foreign affiliate or you are the affiliate of the foreign company, then these transactions are subject to reporting to the IRS on both sides.

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