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EnMart and Sales Tax

20th April 2010

EnMart and Sales Tax

By law, we charge sales tax only on products shipped to California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, and New Jersey.

When you place an order with EnMart, you’ll see the statement quoted above on your final order page.   We also mention the fact that we charge sales tax in our policies.  The information on how to legally avoid being charged sales tax is included in those policies as well.   Although we provide this information, we still often get questions about why we charge sales tax at all, how to avoid paying sales tax, and why we charge sales tax in the states where we charge it.   Today I wanted to create a sort of EnMart Sales Tax FAQ, which will hopefully answer many of the questions people may have about sales tax and EnMart.

Q 1:  Why do you charge sales tax?

We are required by law to charge sales tax on orders from those states where we have a physical presence.

Q2:  What are the states in which you have a physical presence?

EnMart’s parent company has facilities in Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, California, Illinois and Georgia.  EnMart charges sales tax in all states where our parent company has a presence.

Q3:  Is there any way to be declared exempt from paying  sales tax?

Sales tax rules vary from state to state.    Many states offer an option to resellers of providing a resale or sales tax exemption certificate to the companies from which they purchase goods.  Once the company making the sale has the certificate on file, they can exempt the purchasing company from sales taxes.   EnMart provides links to the relevant sales tax forms on our Policies page.

Q4:  I’ve already completed the relevant exemption form for my state.  Why is EnMart still charging me sales tax?

EnMart must have the relevant form on file in our offices prior to exempting any customer from sales tax.  Forms can be faxed to us at 888-946-7583 or e-mailed to info at myenmart dot com.   Please note:  it is not enough to tell us you have tax exempt status.   We must have the form on file in our offices before we can set a customer account to tax exempt status.

Q5: I’ve provided the relevant form.  Do I have to remind you I’m exempt every time I place an order?

No.  Once the form has been provided, the status of your account will be set to tax exempt.  Any orders you place from then on will not be charged sales tax.

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