Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sales Tax Across State Lines

If you are a person who buys art on line, you must be aware that your purchases are only subject to sales tax collection by the seller if the seller is in the same state as you. (Because the law says residents of one state can't be forced to collect another state's taxes)

Aside from that, imagine the burden on a seller if it was required to figure, collect and remit sales tax for every taxing jurisdiction in the country.

So if you live in New York and buy from us in Florida, we don't have to add New York tax to your bill. And, since you don't live in Florida, you don't have to pay Florida tax either.

But, that may be about to change as governors in states that think they are losing badly needed tax revenue are making noises about finding a way to make companies like ours pay taxes that the current law does not require.

Our advice is to move up any planned online purchase to beat the tax. If you are thinking of buying beautiful piece of Navajo or Zuni jewelry as a gift for someone for Christmas, best to do it now. Are you saving to acquire a long-admired Zuni fetish carving? Best to order it now. Same thing if you are a pottery collector thinking of getting piece of authentic Pueblo Pottery. For example, a Navajo wedding vase for an impending wedding or a pottery nativity scene for holiday decoration.

Smart people anticipate changes like this and get out in front of them. Of course, the current laws usually require that you, as a purchaser, are required to notify your state tax authority about your purchases and send them a tax payment. But that's between you and your state tax collector.

In the mean time, if you order from us in July, we will discount the purchase price equal to your state's current sales tax rate. Just let us know when you order. Thank you.

Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps and Thank You to the Navajo Code Talkers

Not enough people are aware of the contribution made to the US victory in the Pacific by the Navajo Code Talkers, represented here by this set of carvings by Navajo artist, Renzo Reed. 
Using their native language, which the Japanese did not understand, they were able to transmit coded messages about troop movements and Japanese garrisons. Thank you to all.

Additional Navajo folk art carvings are offered @ in the Native American Gallery.