Hi Lisa, I doubt that most artists even declare private sales, never
mind pay sales tax on them. I wonder how many of the “studio
jewelers” on this list pay sales tax on private sales (no, I don’t
expect an answer to that question, it’s rhetorical).
I know you did not expect an answer to the above statement but I
felt the need to respond. I sell about 25% private, 75% wholesale. Of
course on the wholesale I don’t collect sales tax, but on the private
sales I definately do. I live in California and it is the law.
My objection to not collecting and reporting sales tax is the damage
it does to all people living in your state or community. We all
dislike paying more taxes, however, taxes will continue to increase
as long as the taxes that are due, are not paid. Government services,
such as the roads you drive on do not operate without taxes being
paid, whether or not it is sales, income or property. I guess what
I’m trying (maybe not so well) to say is that if all Americans paid
what is mandated maybe the total taxes would eventually be lowered. I
see it as a moral and ethical matter as well as legal.
So much for my 2 cents worth at 7.75% (So. Cal sales tax) = .022
Debi in Sunny San Diego