In June I placed an order for a book (Quick Pick item), but it was out of stock and didn't ship. During that time, Amazon wasn't collecting tax on purchases from my state. I believe it was around September when that changed.
Now the item is ready to ship, and when checking the invoice, tax has been added to my total. I realize that the tax is owed. I am not questioning that; however, my question is whether it is legal for Amazon to collect the tax on an item that wasn't being taxed at the time of purchase. Thanks for any info!
Yes, I think it comes down to when the time of purchase was. If you paid for the item when you placed the order, my guess is you would not have paid sales tax. But if they didn't charge you until it became available after Amazon had started collecting sales tax, then yes, you would owe sales tax.
The happened to many people the weekend the tax change went in effect. If the order wasn't process and prepared for shipping before the change, you get charged the tax when it is. Amazon did give you the same price as when you ordered in June, which they aren't even required to do, but it's just good business.
This tax on internet orders is a farce. Amazon didn't use to charge tax. They don't have stores or a physical presence in NY, but I still have to pay sales tax on my amazon purchases. That's why I'd rather buy from amazon marketplace vendors. Even in NY, I don't have to pay sales tax. The greedy, grubby government has to have it's fingers in EVERYTHING and was missing out on all that tax revenue from online sales. Rat Bastards!