(Closed) Wedding Ring Purchase

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

You mean if you are not a citizen?  Yes.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

For most purchases, when you return the item, you also get the sales tax back. My understanding is that the sales tax is a tax that you are paying on the purchase of the item. If that item is returned (no longer purchased) that tax should be refunded as well.

I’m not sure if this applies to jewelry, but I am 100% sure you are refunded the tax when returning items such as clothes and other purchased goods (electronics, toys, etc). 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

If thats true…clue me in too! I’ve never heard of this though 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Waxide, sales tax is a state by state basis (and even city).  Therefore the refund of sales tax is also on a state by state basis.  You would need look into refunds for sales tax in the state where you are going to make the purchase, as some offer refunds and others do not. (ie Texas does refund as long as purchased with 30 days).

On the other hand, you may purchase something online and avoid this sales tax together as long as you are not shipping the item to the state which the product is being sold from (ie product from Florida shipped to address in Florida is taxed, whereas if it is shipped to Georgia there is no tax added).

Good Luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

If you can, purchase from Delaware — the state’s got NO sales tax!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The best thing would be to have the purchase shipped directly to your home from wherever you bought it.  That way not only do you often avoid the sales tax altogether, but you also don’t have to declare your purchase going through customs.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

The answer is no.  If you purchase something in one state where the sales tax is 6%, then return it to a store in a different state where the sales tax is 4%, you lose that other 2%.  You have to return the item to the state that you purchased in inorder to get the exact amount back. 

It is the same for international returns, you only get refunded the amount of the sales tax in the country/state you are returning it in and it may not be what you paid for it. 

I hope that answers your question.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

@ tabby – I don’t think she’s asking about *returning* the rings.  She’s asking about a refund of the sales tax.  If you purchase something in a country in which you are visiting, it’s pretty common to be able to apply for a refund of sales tax, or VAT, or whatever local taxes are applicable, if it was over a certain amount.  This is related to the customs duty you are required to pay on certain types of purchases, or purchases over a specific dollar value, and the theory (I believe) is that you shouldn’t have to be taxed twice on the same item – once when you buy it, and once when you go through customs with it.  If you go anywhere in Europe and do any significant shopping, you should save your receipts because you can later file to have certain types of taxes (I’m most familiar with the VAT or value-added-tax refund) refunded to you.  I believe that the US has a similar system, although I haven’t had any occasion to use it.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Sorry, read the question wrong. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

@ waxide – If I was you, I would call Tiffany’s directly and ask.  I’m sure they have buyers from out of the co untry all the time, and should be familiar with the process.  After all, it’s not like they are a mom-and-pop jewelry store.  Most good-sized stores where I have shopped in Europe have copies of the forms that you have to file, and give you a separate tax receipt to use in filing the form.

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