Shopify and Lemonstand handle product taxes differently. I’ll break down how each platform does taxes below.

Shopify

Shopify gives you the following tax options in their settings:

Shopify Tax Settings

You can indicate here whether or not taxes are included in your prices, or what the taxes are for each specific country, state, county, city, and/or zip code. Shopify does their best to set default tax rates but it’s up to you to confirm that you’re doing the right thing regarding taxes.

Additionally, in the Product Pricing section of your Product Options, is the option to turn taxes on or off for each additional item.

Lemonstand

Lemonstand has a feature called Tax Classes, which are a set of rules which LemonStand uses to calculate tax amounts for a specific product. Using tax classes you can define tax rates for a specific country, state, or ZIP code / city if required. You can also have tax classes setup for things like Services, which no taxes are charged, or specific products where taxes are included in the price.

Lemonstand Tax Classes

Unlike Shopify, Lemonstand does not input default tax rates to begin with. You’ll have to gather that info yourself.

The Winner

It depends. If you’re looking for fast and easy tax setup, Shopify wins. If you require custom tax rates for groups of products, then Lemonstand is going to win in this category for you.

I’d think that most people would be fine with just having the ability to create one set of tax rules, with the ability to turn them On or Off for specific products. I’ve never had a reason to use custom tax rates, but that doesn’t mean you don’t. So if that’s something you need, pay close attention to Shopify vs Lemonstand’s taxes setup.