TO – Shoppe: you said,
well I well I live in NC but the wedding is in SC. The photographers in GA don’t charge tax but the ones in SC do. Is this normal?
I had to look up the law in SC to make sure it’s right. So indeed, in SC, photography is considered a service with tangible products (cds, albums). Thus 6% is added. I guess that’s not the cases with Atlanta, GA. None of the photographers quote me any tax. They told me tax only applies to album.
Based on thest two posts, it looks to me like Photographers in SC charge 6% Sales Tax.
Because you are looking at out-of-state Vendors, then they’ll either charge you the going rate in the State from which they are registered (if there is Sales Tax on Photography in those particular states NC or GA) … OR as atomic:
said, because they are out-of-state Vendors, they won’t charge you SC Sales Tax because they are not registered there, or you are not a Resident in that particular state.
Let me give you my own example, maybe it’ll help.
I live in Ontario, Canada… the Province of Quebec is close-by. If I buy an Item in Ontario I am subjected to 13% Sales Tax… known here as HST ~ Harmonized Sales Tax (which is made up of 5% Federal GST Sales Tax and 8% PST Provincial Sales Tax). If I buy the exact same item in Quebec (say a piece of furniture, or a major appliance)… then I am only subjected to the Federal Sales Tax (5% GST) and not the local PST (which so happens to be higher than Ontario’s) because I am not a Quebec Resident.
Consequently, if I make a large purchase in the Province of Quebec, it can actually cost me less overall by about 8% … but of course then there is the issue of Delivery !!
Taxes are complicated, and EVERY jurisdiction State / Province AND Country is different. But I hope my example above, makes it a bit more understandable as to WHY you may find differences in Quotes you are getting from state to state.