Post # 1
So, I was filling out my photography contract today and there was an added $240 for sales tax! Is this normal– was I just stupid to not realize that there would be sales tax on photography? Anyone know any way around it? Thanks!
Post # 3
We had to pay taxes for our photography package, because we get a disk as a part of the package we had to pay tax on the entire thing. I don’t think you have to pay tax for service without actually getting any goods, but it depends on your state also.
Post # 4
Yup! Don’t you love it! And the price of my photography went up since sales tax went up in our state since I signed the contract.
Post # 5
I was told by one photographer that if we gave an out of state check that we would not have to pay sales tax. However, the one we actually are going with did charge us sales tax. I think it depends on which state you/the photographer are in.
Post # 6
hmmm, I thought since it was a service, you don’t pay sales tax. Maybe they can charge you two different times… once for services and once for goods (that should be taxed). I haven’t been through this, but I’ll be sure to remember to ask when I am looking for a photographer.
Post # 7
Good news! Based on your comments, I asked about being out of state and found out that I don’t have to pay sales tax! Thanks girls!
Post # 8
@AEMalmostK: Great news! Our photo package was inclusive of sales tax, but we’re paying tax on our videography.
Post # 9
@mcnetn3: Depends on your state – but because a tangible good comes from the service, tax is a must. Tangible means you receive a file, disc, or print. some have tried to avoid this by billing separately, i.e. services and then, Oh a disc is valued at X so only X is taxed… but it doesn’t work that way…
The service produces a good and is therefore taxed. But again, every state has different laws, but the general conclusion in photography forums I’m a part of is that pretty much nationwide it’s mandatory.