B&H is now collecting sales tax on orders from 22 US states
As a result of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., photo & video retail giant B&H is now collecting sales tax in 22 states across America. Until this year, B&H only collected sales tax in New York and New Jersey, the only two states where B&H had a physical presence.
If you live in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington (state) or Wisconsin, your prices are going up if you order from B&H.
South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. was a US Supreme Court case in which the court held by a 5-4 majority that states may charge tax on purchases made from out-of-state sellers. And they’re allowed to charge it even if that seller has no physical presence within the taxing state. It overturns a previous ruling from 1992 which barred states from compelling retailers to collect sales tax on mail order or Internet sales unless those retailers have a physical presence in the customer’s state.
Since the earlier 1992 decision, interstate sales through the Internet has grown immensely. According to the Government Accountability Office, this equates to around $13 billion in lost taxes during 2017 alone. They thought that the rules needed to be revisited.
The original announcement for these extra states came back in October, but now it seems all 22 states are accounted for. We can probably expect most online photography gear retailers to follow suit if they haven’t started to already.
[via Android Police]
P.S. B&H now has a card that according to B&H will rebate you on any sales tax you pay. We wrote about it here.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.