Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: japar On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:17 pm

Wife needed/wanted a new phone so goes to Verizon in Seekonk Ma gets some fancy $600 phone for $99 because she used an upgrade. But in Mass you have to pay sales tax on list price not what you pay. Just gotta love that Dept of Revenue
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: WNY On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:34 pm

I saw something like that on TV around here in NY for Black Friday deals. They had Flat Panel TV's from $1200 discounted to like $599 or something, and they charged the tax on the RETAIL amount. sucks. :(
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: McGiever On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:56 pm

If people will pay that ...why wouldn't every place charge it???

I'm pretty sure if people are only going as far as to bitching about something...there is no reason for change.
Change never comes from only bitching. :roll:
Might the retailers just be pocketing the difference???
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:13 pm

McGiever wrote:If people will pay that ...why wouldn't every place charge it???

I'm pretty sure if people are only going as far as to bitching about something...there is no reason for change.
Change never comes from only bitching. :roll:
Might the retailers just be pocketing the difference???


What they are pocketing is the long term benefits by hooking you into the cost of the services. It's like that with a lot of stuff, printers are prime example. They make almost nothing on the printer and may even lose money on them, it's the ink they are selling where the profit comes from.
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: samhill On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:16 pm

What do they do when you buy a car? :shock:
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:18 pm

Plan your purchases,coordinate a buying trip and go over the border to a Neighbor State! Pay the tax on what you purchased the item for,not the States' Imputed value. The only way to stop being a Victim,is to stop being a Victim ! Enough of this insanity already. :mad:
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:18 pm

Yep pay tax on full value of phone...
Got a new note 3 $43 and change...
Got it from amazon...
Still had to pay tax...
Funny thing Best Buy had it on sale for $199...
Went to get it on their extended hous sale...
But this Best Buy was only open mall hours...
Already closed by the time I got there...
Got mad then found it on Amazon $20 less...
Radio Shack will only tax on actual price and eats the rest...
But they were at $249...
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:41 pm

WNY wrote:They had Flat Panel TV's from $1200 discounted to like $599 or something, and they charged the tax on the RETAIL amount.


How the heck do they get way with that? I don't like it, but I can at least understand the tax on the phone.... you ARE paying $600 it's just spread out over the life of the contract, but a discounted TV? How the heck do they justify taxing on the retail price? A sale is a sale. How about they start having "reverse retail" Tell people the retail of the TV is $50, sell it for $599 and charge tax on the retail of $50. HA! That'd teach 'em.
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:06 pm

They get away with it because the lower prices are the result of a 'rebate' back from the list price not a 'sales' price. No doubt it is crap, but that is the difference.
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:01 pm

titleist1 wrote:They get away with it because the lower prices are the result of a 'rebate'


Ahhhh... I do believe you are correct! Silly game.... why have an in store rebate instead of a sale?
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:04 pm

RI does the same thing.

When I was at the parts store, we charged tax on the full amount even if someone brought a core in with them. The core was a "coupon" for tax purposes.
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:55 pm

Or when you win the HGTV dream home...
That is why they bundle the cash with it...
So you can pay the taxes on your prize... ;)
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:43 am

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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:23 am

Hambden Bob wrote:Plan your purchases,coordinate a buying trip and go over the border to a Neighbor State! Pay the tax on what you purchased the item for,not the States' Imputed value. The only way to stop being a Victim,is to stop being a Victim ! Enough of this insanity already. :mad:


I am not trying to cite you to more anger here, rather just asking an honest question.

Isn't this illegal?

I did just what you said to do on Thanksgiving. We were in Tax Free New Hampshire with my wife's family. They allow shopping on Thanksgiving which our home state of Maine does not allow. They had crazy prices on TV's and after 4 years of being a TV-Free home, rejoined society.

My understanding is, I must claim this $98 purchase on my Maine taxes because I purchased the item in New Hampshire...again a tax free state. I would be quasi-legal in NOT claiming it because we do own a home in New Hampshire as well, but to be honest, the TV in question resides in Maine not in the NH home.

Most of the time my NH purchases are for farm related stuff, which are tax-exempt anyway so I do not worry about the tax laws, but I believe I must pay the tax on the TV to be within the law, or am I missing something?
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Re: Wife pays $36 tax on $99 phone

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:34 am

I live 10 minutes from sales tax free DE. Where do you think we do 95% of our shopping? In all the years he has done our taxes, our accountant has never asked me about what amount of $$ we spent in DE for our MD state return.

Since MD raised the fuel taxes recently to pay for a pet highway project in the DC area I buy all my gas out of state also. Do you think they want me to track that and report it also? :lol:
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