Out of state wedding, no sales tax?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 4
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think that’s correct unless you live in a state where you pay State taxes. i.e. Oregon residents can shop in here in WA (and other states) without having to pay sales tax, lucky us, if we go there we don’t have to pay it either since it doesn’t exist.

When it comes to online shopping in particular, I do believe there is a bit of that where there is no tax on items if the company you are ordering from does not have a “taxable presence” of sorts, in the state where you are shipping the item to… but that wouldn’t work on services.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was told I didn’t have to pay sales tax for my photographer because she was in a different state than me, I didn’t really look into it…

I was almost charged a tax on something (it was in my original contract) by my venue but my dad caught it as something they weren’t allowed to tax on (room rental fees or liquor fees?  can’t remember) and they removed it.  My contract was setup before the venue really started doing weddings and they told me it was just a mistake they had made early on.

So you really never know unless you look into it or are very familiar with state tax laws, there are definitely some exceptions out there.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Jaejohns:  I live in Kansas and my photographer is based out of Missouri.  That was what she told me and I didn’t question it because, hey, it saved me hundreds of dollars why would I argue?  She’s been in business for years so I would hope she knows what she is doing.  I don’t know if digital photography has some exception or something?  I’ve never bothered to look into it.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Jaejohns: Then he MAY be correct? I’d have to google it. It may not apply on “services” but would apply on goods.

I mean… Seattle sales tax is pushing 10% right now so if you can get out of it more power to ya!

Post # 10
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8593 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My florist was out of Missouri though and I paid sales tax on that.  So I am wondering if the type of service is why it was exempt.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I live in Virginia, and all of my vendors were based in either VA, MD, or DC.  I certainly paid taxes for each vendor depending on where the services were provided.  I would hazard a guess that you, by law, owe taxes to the photographer.

Post # 12
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

OK key area on this page is this: http://dor.wa.gov/content/findtaxesandrates/retailsalestax/nonresidents/default.aspx <h4>Eligible nonresidents</h4> Only residents of the following states, possessions, and provinces of Canada qualify:

 States

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon

U.S. Possessions

  • American Samoa

Canada Provinces/Territories

  • Alberta
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Yukon Territory

 

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Post # 13
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oops… seems Julies already shared that exact page. So yeah I’d say he’s wrongo. But if he doesn’t want to charge you tax… I wouldn’t push him on it personally lol.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I live in an “eligible” state and when I shop in Washington, I don’t pay sales tax. Washington seems to be the best at actually having the forms and exempting people (when I shopped in Illinois and asked about it once, the lady looked at me like I had 3 heads), so my guess is that he’s so used to it, he didn’t even think about the fact that your state isn’t elligible. 

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