5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 13, 2010 1:15 PM by keriflur

    Sales Tax

      This appears to be Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster issue...

       

      Kobo and Sony each have included sales tax in the price for these publishers, kobo is now at 9% (down from over 10%!) and Sony is including 5% in the price of these books.

       

      Has anyone noticed this with any other vendors?  I haven't found others that are including the tax in the price of the book but are they charging tax at check out and are they using your sales tax rate instead of some arbitrary number?

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          JohnP51

          I've only purchased from B&N. They do charge Texas sales tax at time of checkout. The amount they charge is correct for my area, 8.25%.

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              JohnP51 wrote:

              I've only purchased from B&N. They do charge Texas sales tax at time of checkout. The amount they charge is correct for my area, 8.25%.

               

               

              Same here. I'm in Dallas and I get charged the 8.25% sales tax, publishers are various. Fictionwise.com, on the other hand, hasn't charged me tax. The Sony Reader Store (Borders) doesn't appear to have charged me tax for the one book I did purchase from them.

               

              Those are the only three places from which I have purchased ebooks.

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              I live in Wisconsin and if you stand till long enough you are TAXED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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                FrogAlum wrote:

                This appears to be Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster issue...

                 

                Kobo and Sony each have included sales tax in the price for these publishers, kobo is now at 9% (down from over 10%!) and Sony is including 5% in the price of these books.

                 

                Has anyone noticed this with any other vendors?  I haven't found others that are including the tax in the price of the book but are they charging tax at check out and are they using your sales tax rate instead of some arbitrary number?

                 

                 

                I saw someone complain on another board about getting charged tax on their Kindle book now since the 'agency model' took over. 

                 

                They posted this in their Kindle Support area -

                 

                Several publishers have recently changed the nature of their relationship with Amazon, moving to a business model whereby the publisher, not Amazon, is the seller of record for their books. Kindle books sold under this model are subject to sales tax based on the publisher's state tax reporting obligations and the taxability of digital books in those states. Books where the publisher is the seller of record say "This price was set by the publisher." Nothing has changed with respect to sales taxes on Kindle books where Amazon is the seller of record.

                 

                Linda

                 

                 

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                    keriflur

                    I think Amazon is doing a good job of being transparent about the agency model and making it clear who is selling what.  I realize this ability was already built into their estore structure, making it easier for them to include the information, but I do hope other retailers, including B&N, work to provide more transparency as they are no longer the true seller of the agency books.  It should always be clear to the buyer who the seller is, especially when there are differences such as whether the purchase will be taxed or whether coupons/rebates can be used.