(Closed) Is this normal?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I believe it is different state to state, so you’d have to look up the laws in your state.

Post # 4
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@FutureWife517:  It  depends the state you’re in, most likely.  Here in my state, labor is not taxed.


*And, as you know, tax laws are ever changing…could be something new in 2013 as well….

Post # 5
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FutureWife517:  I paid a tax and the photographer was in Alberta, CA.  I also used a photographer in Utah and there was no tax.

Post # 6
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Also a photographer has a physical deliverable item— the photos— whereas a musician has no physical item to deliver as they render their services, hence a photographer may not follow the same tax rules as a musician.

If you pay someone to bake you a cake, that has a deliverable item of value. It’s a good, and taxed as a good, even though the skills of the baker and the services rendered are of more value than the raw ingredients.

If you pay someone to teach you to bake, though, in many states, that would not be taxed because you are not leaving with a cake or a book.

Post # 7
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m in Virginia, and not paying a sales tax.  But I agree with others, it’ll vary state to state.

Post # 9
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@FutureWife517:  There is always a tax, some photographers build it into their price, others don’t.  I don’t build it into my price becuase the totals turn out a funny number, making it hard to remember, and it’s all about marketing!

Digital negatives are a deliverable good, and the taxes will be paid either directly *by you, in addition to the payment, or indirectly *by taking a chunk out of the photographer’s paycheck.

It’s just like every other type of tax, and is unavoidable. Sorry!

Post # 10
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@fishbone:  Right- I’m in CA and my photographer for our engagement photos told us of he hand delivered a physical cd with our images he’d have to charge tax, as he was then selling an item. But letting us download items from his drop box was ok and then there wasn’t tax. 

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