Price Change?

Chris109

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I was planning on buying more time on Target. For the past year I was not charged sales tax. Noticed the other day they are charging again. Oh well.

But going over my past purchases, as recent as Sept 30, I saw that ULL and 1 gb was $20. 2 GB was $25. Now I see that 2 GB is $20 and 3 GB is $25. Did they change something in the last 30 days or so? I'm not keeping up with the times.
 
I've bought some TF cards at Target.com. I think they started charging sales tax in mid-2022.
 
I've bought some TF cards at Target.com. I think they started charging sales tax in mid-2022.

Bought a couple of cards on Sept 30. No tax. They did charge me Oct '21 and then it stopped. I'm all set until Dec. We'll see what happens then.
 
I was planning on buying more time on Target. For the past year I was not charged sales tax. Noticed the other day they are charging again. Oh well.

But going over my past purchases, as recent as Sept 30, I saw that ULL and 1 gb was $20. 2 GB was $25. Now I see that 2 GB is $20 and 3 GB is $25. Did they change something in the last 30 days or so? I'm not keeping up with the times.
Sales tax levies/collection are controlled by state and local governments.
 
Sales tax levies/collection are controlled by state and local governments.

But some companies absorb all the tax and fees, like Hello Mobile (for example). For my $10 Tello plan (in Idaho) I pay 6 cents tax — so, apparently, they're absorbing most of the taxes and fees as well.
 
In the early days of Tracfone and Net 10 I remember when there were no taxes. A card was face value. Then there was something claiming Tracfone was fighting for Californians regarding the regulatory fees and what have you. Unfortunately these fees and taxes are reality now and goes up and down each month based on different variables. Average price for my $20 plan is about $21 and some change after fees About a fluxuation of up / down 3 cents each month.
 
But some companies absorb all the tax and fees, like Hello Mobile (for example). For my $10 Tello plan (in Idaho) I pay 6 cents tax — so, apparently, they're absorbing most of the taxes and fees as well.

Tello $10 plan will be $10 plus whatever your State requires extra.
 
callingmart doesn't charge tax, I used them years ago to purchase some net10 refills and it worked then. They sell a variety of plans/refills on their site
 
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Companies/retail sellers don't "charge" tax-- they just collect it for the government who they send it to-- monthly, quarterly, etc.

As rcentros points out, some sellers choose to absorb the tax. But I bet a detailed analysis would likely show that the sellers that do probably charge a bit more than those that don't...so at checkout time, your credit card gets the same hit ;-)
 
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ChasHam said:
As rcentros points out, some sellers choose to absorb the tax. But I bet a detailed analysis would likely show that the sellers that do probably charge a bit more than those that don't...so at checkout time, your credit card gets the same hit ;-)

Well, that depends. In the last two weeks, I bought about $3000 worth of computer parts from various sellers (Amazon, B&H Photo, Best Buy, Newegg, eBay, a small shop in CA, an online shop in the Netherlands) to build a gaming PC for flight sims. Most sellers charged/collected sales tax like local stores. The small shop in CA didn't charge sales tax, and neither did the shop in the Netherlands. The items I bought from those two places total around $800, so I saved about $75 in sales tax. B&H Photo has a store credit card called Payboo (issued by Comenity Bank) and they issue an immediate refund in the same amount that you paid on sales tax. I saved about $80 on sales tax with B&H. But the point I want to make is that the item prices at those stores that didn't charge sales tax or refunded the sales tax are as competitive as or even lower than at the stores that charged sales tax.
 
The small shop in CA didn't charge sales tax, and neither did the shop in the Netherlands. The items I bought from those two places total around $800, so I saved about $75 in sales tax. B&H Photo has a store credit card called Payboo (issued by Comenity Bank) and they issue an immediate refund in the same amount that you paid on sales tax. I saved about $80 on sales tax with B&H. But the point I want to make is that the item prices at those stores that didn't charge sales tax or refunded the sales tax are as competitive as or even lower than at the stores that charged sales tax.

I am assuming that you live outside the state of CA if the small shop didn't collect sales tax on your purchase. As far as I know, the legislation that the 2018 Supreme Court decision regarding internet sales tax is based upon gives small, out-of-state businesses a chance not to collect tax on some internet purchases:

"The legislation provides a safe harbor for small sellers: a remote seller must make in-state sales exceeding $100,000 or makes 200 or more separate sales transactions in the previous or current calendar year for the nexus provision to apply. "

Obviously a shop in the Netherlands cannot be compelled to collect sales tax.
 
I am assuming that you live outside the state of CA if the small shop didn't collect sales tax on your purchase.

Obviously a shop in the Netherlands cannot be compelled to collect sales tax.

Yes, I live in Kansas, so the small shop in CA didn't collect sales tax. The shop in the Netherlands would have collected Value Added Tax (VAT) if I lived in the European Union, fortunately the US isn't part of that.
 
I looked again at Target for cards. They are charging tax on all ULL with data EXCEPT the $40 8gb card. The other cards charge sales tax plus 911 fees.
 
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