Adding PayPal to checkout
In this article:
- Set up
- Balance page
- Sales tax and payment details
- Affiliates and PayPal Connect
- NSFW accounts
- PayPal account under review
- Disconnect your PayPal account
You can allow customers to pay you instantly by setting up PayPal Connect in your Gumroad checkout. While optional, this further gives buyers another payment method and can also improve conversions.
It’s available to all creators from countries where PayPal operates, except Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, Micronesia, and Turkey.
Additionally, amounts arrive from your buyer’s email in the default currency of your PayPal account.
Go to the ‘Payments’ tab. You will be prompted to enter your PayPal email and validate the integration.
If you are using a VPN and experiencing difficulties, please disconnect the VPN and try again.
While still calculated using your lifetime revenue, PayPal Connect fees are slightly lower than credit card purchases, and they do not carry the extra $0.30 charge per transaction.
|Lifetime net revenue||Fee %|
|$0 - $1k||7%|
|$1k - $10k||5%|
|$10k - $100k||3%|
|$100k - $1m||1%|
Please note: PayPal will also apply its own separate transaction fee after Gumroad. If you're in the US, PayPal lists its fees for domestic transactions and international transactions. If you're outside the US, find PayPal's fees for your country on this list.
Since PayPal sales arrive immediately in your PayPal, they are also on the Balance page under ‘PayPal Payouts.’ What looks suspiciously like a “PayPal fee” is really a debit.
With PayPal Connect, you can still refund customers via the customer's tab; you just have to ensure you have enough balance in your PayPal account for the refund. We will also refund our fees and any VAT/GST.
Paypal will, however, charge a fee to process refunds, and sellers pay those fees – not Gumroad.
Unlike credit card purchases, sellers must handle all chargebacks (disputes) on PayPal purchases. PayPal will send you an email notification and a link to address the dispute. You can also reach out to PayPal Support for assistance.
Sales tax and payment details
When a PayPal sale has VAT/GST added, you will see the tax listed under “Sales Tax” in the payment details:
Below in the ‘Partner Commission,’ you will also see the VAT/GST and Gumroad’s fee added together. Both the ‘PayPal Fee’ and the ‘Partner Commission’ will be deducted from the ‘Gross Amount’ to derive the ‘Net Amount.’
Sales tax refunds
Customers can claim VAT/GST refunds with a valid tax ID number on PayPal purchases.
When VAT/GST refunds happen, part of the refund is deducted from the seller’s net amount in their PayPal account to cover the refund.
PayPal’s API has limitations – they don’t allow Gumroad to fully refund VAT/GST from Gumroad’s account alone. Gumroad and the seller have to “contribute” towards the tax refund.
But all is not lost. Gumroad will then auto-credit the seller’s Gumroad balance for the amount deducted in PayPal to cover the VAT/GST refund. The next available weekly payout will then include this credit.
Affiliates and PayPal Connect
All affiliate credits on Gumroad, including PayPal sales, are added to the affiliate’s Gumroad balance and paid out weekly.
On the seller’s ‘Payment Details,’ the affiliate’s fee is included in the ‘Partner Commission.’
PayPal Connect sales will allow customers to see the seller’s name and email in the transaction details. For greater privacy, you can create a ‘Business’ PayPal account that would only disclose the company name and email. Otherwise, we suggest disconnecting PayPal Connect from your account.
Here’s what the buyer and seller will see in their account:
If you sell NSFW products, Paypal may assess your sales using its risk metrics, and we can’t always guarantee PayPal will allow your sales.
If your account likely violates PayPal’s ToS, we’d recommend you don’t use PayPal Connect.
PayPal account under review
In rare cases, PayPal may place accounts under review and withhold payments. If this happens, please contact PayPal Support for more assistance.
Disconnect your PayPal account
You can disconnect your PayPal account on the page where you connected it.
However, you cannot disconnect your PayPal if you have a membership product with active recurring payments. You have to cancel all existing memberships first, wait until those memberships expire, then proceed to disconnect.
Alternatively, you can cancel Gumroad’s access to your PayPal account in your PayPal settings. However, this will lead to a failure of all payments going to your PayPal account.
Also, if you disconnect your PayPal account, then later try to reconnect it in Gumroad without success, please get in touch with PayPal Support. It’s likely your ‘payments receivable’ in your PayPal account got set to ‘false,’ and PayPal Support can help you reset it.