Sales tax in a non-Mississippi State?
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Hi Ting,

I just ordered a Samsung Galaxy from you (which I'm very excited about!) However, as a California resident, i was surprised to see that you charge sales tax (and something called a district tax). Not to bust chops, but what gives?

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  • Hey Shawn,

    We calculate taxes based on your billing address and we're required by law to collect them. 

    More information on taxes related to California can be found at this wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_and_use_taxes_in_California 

    District taxes are sometimes required by local counties and municipalities.

    From wikipedia: "Additional sales taxes levied by counties and municipalities are formally called "District Taxes". For example,  San Francisco has a 1.25% district tax, which is added onto the state sales tax base rate of 7.25% to make a total sales tax rate of 8.5% within San Francisco."

    I hope this helps... and I hope the local and state government taxes aren't too much of a downer!

    Best regards,

    -Ben

    PS: If you get really bored one night, we wrote a little rant about taxes on the Ting blog not too long ago. :)

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  • Thanks for the answer, Ben. I didn't think you would have an affiliate in CA to warrant the sales tax. However, now that I see where it's shipping from, it makes perfect sense. 

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  • Same question but Illinois... With no physical Illinois store why an internet sales tax; especially since illinois already collects this as a "use tax" from individuals?

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  • Hey Michael, we wouldn't collect taxes if we didn't have to. We are required by your government to do so. 

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  • Oh I understand, I'm not complaining, it is more of a musing, if amazon doesn't have to then why do you?

    Let it be known, I'm a happy customer that has purchased 4 devices from ting.

     

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  • Hi Michael, we don't have the details on why another company pays (or doesn't pay? ) what they do, but we collect taxes because we're required to do so, as Ben and Sam have noted. We're glad to hear that you've been happy with Ting. Thanks for being part of the conversation!

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