(Closed) Did your photographer charge you tax?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ours didn’t.  He just worked it out of his fee.  

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ours is not charging tax, but our photographer is in NY and we’re in PA, which is why (I think).

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We were charged tax.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Mine didn’t.  Everything was included in her prices.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We were not given photos or albums (not part of our package) just paid for her service. So there was no tax. If its only service, I would say that you should not be charged tax. If the photog is providing albums and prints the amount of tax should be based off the price of the album and prints.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

ours did not charge us tax! i’m going to ask Fiance (accountant) why some do and some don’t though…

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I am just starting a photography business and had to get an accountant to help me figure out the tax laws because it is CONFUSING! What she told me is this:

My photography services have two parts: a service (taking the photos) and a product (the photos themselves). Even if you don’t give physical prints, you are still giving digital files, which are a product, which is taxable. To avoid charging tax on my time, she suggested I charge an hourly rate (nontaxable) + a product rate for the prints. So for example, I would charge 100/hour for my time and then $10 for a dvd with the high-res prints, and just charge tax on the $10.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ours did charge tax and on the whole bill.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We were taxed on the whole bill too.  Hmmm…I didn’t even think about it before but now I’m wondering if that was appropriate.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We were taxed on the entire bill as well. I remember being really surprised, but it makes sense since photos are actual products.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Ours charged tax on everything.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Miss Chapstick – But the total bill includes the fee for the services (taking the pics) and the pics themselves (or the digital files or whatever).  I would think we should only be charged tax for part of the bill, not the whole part.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yes, it would pretty much be illegal not to.

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