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July 14th, 2008, 11:31 AM #1Washington Tax: Now I'm really confused
Sending this question to our attorney as well, but I'm perplexed as to why NY struck out on their own, and leveraged affiliates in this tax law, when they could have just gone the route Washington State did.
Is anyone suing Washington over this? The streamlined Tax seems to be, well, destined for a Supreme Court battle, but as a new merchant, I'm now left wondering if I should bother collecting the Washington tax at all, becuase I will clearly fall into the "tax credit" category.
I don't expect expert responses to this here. I'm just kind of thinking out loud.
July 14th, 2008, 12:13 PM #2
Can you elaborate on this Kevin? Do you have links?
Since we're in Washington we already collect sales tax for WA orders, but our affiliate efforts may be affected...
July 14th, 2008, 12:15 PM #3
This won't affect affiliates at all, since they aren't leveraged in this equation:
Destination-based sales tax applies only to businesses that ship or deliver the goods they sell to locations within Washington. Under the new rules, if a retailer delivers or ships merchandise to a buyer in Washington State, the sales tax is collected based on the rate at the location where the buyer receives or takes possession of the merchandise.
There is no change for deliveries outside the state or over-the-counter sales where customers take home goods from the store location.
July 14th, 2008, 12:50 PM #4
And, upon further reading:
These changes do not affect some industries (flower delivery, vehicle sales, manufactured homes, wholesale, services) and these changes do not affect interstate sales. Products purchased from a Washington company and delivered to other states or internationally do not require the collection of sales tax. In addition, sales to buyers in Washington from a company which does not have a physical location in Washington do not require the collection of sales tax. However, some national retailers may collect sales tax voluntarily even if they do not have a physical presence in each state they do business.
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