(Closed) Sale tax?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
182 posts
Blushing bee


I am based in Atlanta, and we have to charge sales tax on our service. Georgia considers digital media to be a tangeble product, and thus, sales tax is required. The photographers you have spoken to are doing one of three things : #1: including the tax in the package price, #2: not telling you about the tax ahead of time, #3: not charging or not collecting sales tax, which means they are either illegally offering their product without charging tax, or are not a registered sales tax collecting business (either way, I would stay very far away from this type of vendor for legal reasons).

However, If you book a photographer from a state other than the one you personally live in, you will be exempt from sales tax. I booked a wedding last year and the couple lived in Alabama but their wedding was in Georgia, since I am registered in Georgia they did not have to pay sales tax on my service.  

Post # 19
7439 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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

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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.


Post # 21
182 posts
Blushing bee

@Shoppe:  It’s not normal for them to not be charging sales tax. A legally legit business should be charging sales tax as required by their state of residence. I, as well as all the photographers I network with, charge sales tax here in Georgia. I would be hesitent to work with a vendor that did not run their business in a proper legal set up. If they are willing to evade their responsibilities as a business, who’s to say they are not willing to evade their responsibilities the have towards the service to their clients?

Now there is always the possibility that they are charging you the sales tax, only they have already added it to the package cost so that you are only having to see one number as the client. I would just ask the photographers that you contacted if the packages include the sales tax already or if it will be additional to the package cost.

Post # 22
1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@continuumphotography:   I am aware it’s skirting the legal line! My albums and prints will be shipped to my future inlaws house who live out of state, so they will have a paper trail if they get audited!

Post # 23
6 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

@CityBearBride:  That does not change the fact that its illegal…. and that you are advertising it on website that is likely linked to your personal email account.

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