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Initial post: May 1, 2012, 12:38:02 PM PDT
Al says:
Is Amazon now collecting sales tax? I just downloaded a kindle book and there was tax on it.

Posted on May 1, 2012, 12:40:23 PM PDT
Amazon started collecting sales tax on ebooks on Feb 1, at least in Texas. They still don't collect sales tax on physical goods in Texas, but it won't be long until they do.

Posted on May 1, 2012, 12:40:43 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
They just started collecting sales tax in Texas, as I understand it. Or they soon will. I'm not sure if it's actually in effect yet. I read an article the other day saying they'd agreed to collect it as part of a settlement of a lawsuit. And they have other suits pending in a few other states.


In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012, 12:46:10 PM PDT
♥ Ann says:
It depends on your state's tax laws, and on the book's publisher.


In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012, 12:54:31 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
If the publisher has a presence in your state then you are charged sales tax.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012, 1:01:49 PM PDT
Neverafter says:
Amazon collects sales tax where required. If a state passes a new law that requires it, then Amazon has to collect. They don't just decide to collect tax for something to do.

Posted on May 1, 2012, 5:55:46 PM PDT
Amazon is collecting sales tax in California. and I think that it is about time. Personally I save so much with what I buy from Amazon, I do not have a problem with it.

The money will be distributed to the State of California, the Counties and the Cities in which we live. This will help to make up some of the shortfall in locally generated revue lost from local business's that either cannot or will not compete with Amazon.

There ain't no free lunch!

Posted on May 1, 2012, 10:24:07 PM PDT
Thank you for you political ad.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012, 11:20:13 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Amazon has always collected VAT for those who live outside the US. It's been an ongoing legal battle between online sales companies and the states as far as state sales tax goes. I know Land's End and a few other companies always charged me Texas sales tax.

BTW, even free books often have VAT applied to them and cost $3.54 (must be some kind of minimum VAT amount).

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012, 5:53:06 AM PDT
Ah! That's good to hear. Otherwise it is a pain in the **** to figure out what I have purchased from Amazon at tax time and pay it myself. So much easier for the merchant to just do it.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012, 9:41:20 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 25, 2012, 12:22:43 AM PST
King Al says:
Your rant is not quite accurate. RH does not care about the sales tax since it does not receive any of it; The sales tax on RH books is a side effect of the Agency Model (where RH, not Amazon is the actual seller of the book.) Since RH has a presence in all 50 states, it's books are generally subject to sales tax.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 1:17:59 AM PST
musicmomma says:
They started taxing all ebooks in WI. I noticed it a few weeks ago. It was that if Amazon sold them (not just from the publisher), there was no tax. Not any more.

I am not sure on the physical products because I have not purchased in a while but if not, I am sure it will not be long.

Posted on Dec 25, 2012, 1:21:30 AM PST
Lisa says:
At one time Internet companies were given the option to not charge sales tax in states where they had no actual physical store as incentive to help new internet companies get off the ground. Now that Internet companies are clearly wiping the floor with brick and mortar companies, this incentive is going to be removed everywhere. So get used to the idea.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 2:36:46 AM PST
"Amazon has always collected VAT for those who live outside the US."

I think it must depend on what country you're in, CBR. I'm not aware of being charged any sales tax here in Australia, but our laws state that tax can't be added to the displayed price, it has to be included in it. For overseas purchases, though, we may or may not get charged import duties (depends on what the item is), but our purchases are tax-free.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 2:38:56 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Yea, but the price you pay for e-books is a lot higher there compared to what we pay. So it is all figured in.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 2:47:36 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
VAT does show up in the price for me - I see the words VAT included next to the price

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 2:52:32 AM PST
Loz says:
Yes but you are in France. In Australia we don't have an "on top" tax, everything has to be included in the final price. Receipts though will show what the tax was.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 2:54:13 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
ah, we never get to see the tax on our items

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 2:59:19 AM PST
Loz says:
Really? So it's the price + the tax percentage? Ours has to be separated. Prices can be shown without GST, but it has to state that on whatever it is. So a book for example could be $4.99 ex gst, or $5.48 inc gst (approx).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 3:02:34 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
nope, all we see on the receipts is the price and that price includes the VAT - it's the same in all the stores too

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 3:08:59 AM PST
Loz says:
Strange. Ours changed in 2000 to the way it is now. But not everything is taxed. Some things are, but some aren't. I remember there being a bit of an uproar when it was first introduced due to the random way things were taxed. Feminine hygiene products for example were taxed as they were deemed to be a "non essential item".

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 3:15:51 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
ok, that made me laugh - must have been a man that made that decision

and book prices change with the exchange rate daily for me - drives me batty some times

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 3:24:43 AM PST
Loz says:
It was funny too cause I think condoms or something like that weren't taxed! :)

Yeah, prices change for me a bit too but I use gift cards so I don't get the exchange rate charges on each purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 3:40:04 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I'm using a US credit card, so I don't have that problem :-)
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