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Old December 30th, 2003, 06:49 PM   #1
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Tax and Online Retailers

Do you have to pay sales tax if you buy online from a retailer like B&H (assuming you don't live in NY)?
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Old December 30th, 2003, 07:25 PM   #2
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I don't know if this applies to non-professionals, but I know professional shooters in Texas are required to pay some form of local tax on goods bought from out of state. This would only become known if you're audited, but if you are...and haven't paid...you'll get stung.

As I said, that was my experience in Texas...I'm guessing it's different in every state?
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Old December 30th, 2003, 07:39 PM   #3
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You pay no state tax, if it's being shipped out of state to another state. But you may or may not be dinged local state tax---depending if there is one, how good your state is with collecting the tax, and finding out about the purchase.
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Old December 30th, 2003, 07:44 PM   #4
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Right...and that's where the "audit" card comes into play. I'd check with your local tax authority. Two things are certain in life...
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Old December 30th, 2003, 07:53 PM   #5
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You also have to pay a state sales tax if the operation has a unit doing business in the state being shipped to. For example, Apple Computer charges state sales tax on mail order (online) shipments if they have a retail store in your state.

Some online retailers get around this by setting up a separate corporation for their online sales. Ritz/Wolf Camera is an example of this. They have retail operations in 48 states, yet charge no state sales tax on online sales.
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Old December 30th, 2003, 11:23 PM   #6
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By the letter of the law, you are required to report the purchase and to pay the tax in your state--(all states that have a sales tax require this). although this seldom happens, and as John said you will only get stung if the taxman finds out. I wager a guess that 90% of those who purchase products out of state never pay state taxes even though they should. Actually, a common ploy of the rich is to purchase an expensive item in one state and give a friends residence in another state in order to avoid taxes. I believe that that is one of the charges against the guy from TYCO currently on trial in New York. I think in his case the items were fine paintings.
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Old December 31st, 2003, 10:56 AM   #7
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the worst thing is in mass. the tax is a use tax which is higher than what the mass sales tax is!

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Old December 31st, 2003, 11:21 AM   #8
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It's TAX FREE in New Hampshire always, so you get a great deal. Also, Great Northern Video has given me great deals before...tell them Chris Murphy sent you please!

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Old January 8th, 2004, 10:33 PM   #9
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Here in MN I believe you only have to pay this "Use Tax" if your out of state purchases exceed $770 (for 2003). If it does you pay tax on the whole shot. Additionally, If you paid any state tax from another state, and that tax rate was lower than MN's sales tax, you pay the difference.

Best thing is is to check it out with your state. You can likely do it online.
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