Post # 1
My fiance and I are looking at wedding packages. I was surprised to see that photographers charge a tax on their services. Did your photographer charge you a tax on your wedding packages? Were any of you able to waive the tax fee?
Thanks, Ms. MJ!
Post # 3
Ours didn’t. He just worked it out of his fee.
Post # 4
Ours is not charging tax, but our photographer is in NY and we’re in PA, which is why (I think).
Post # 6
Mine didn’t. Everything was included in her prices.
Post # 7
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
ours did not charge us tax! i’m going to ask Fiance (accountant) why some do and some don’t though…
Post # 9
Thanks Ladies! You are all so helpful!
@OttawaBride2011: Thanks for asking your Fiance why some do and some don’t! I would love to know why. 🙂
Post # 10
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
Ours did charge tax and on the whole bill.
Post # 12
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
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
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Ours charged tax on everything.
Post # 15
@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
Yes, it would pretty much be illegal not to.