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    I stand corrected.

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    Thank you all for your responses. To put your minds at
    ease, please know that I'm just curious here, and we would
    check anything we do out with our accountant. But even if
    what you do is different, I'm interested in knowing how it
    works where you are.

    Yes, in Washington, if someone is from one of those three
    states, as long as they fill out a form with the correct info.
    and show us their license, they are able to make tax exempt
    purchases. That's not just at our shop, but at any retailer.
    But the thing about people calling to pay over the phone has
    me wondering. We have one lady who's here a lot but has a
    Montana license and an address there, and sometimes she just
    wants to call in with her credit card to pay. From your notes,
    I can see that it really does vary a lot from state to state.
    I had just thought that anyone from those three states could
    show their info. and be tax exempt in all states.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrameMakers View Post
    Weird, in Ohio, sales tax is collected from the end point that the consumer receives the merchandise. If they pick it up in my shop then it is Delaware County sales tax. If I deliver it to somewhere else they get charged that tax rate and it is filed to that county (same form just a separate line), if it is shipped out of state then no Ohio sales tax is charged.

    The fact that someone is visiting from another state shouldn't change the sales tax that is collected.
    Same here.

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    I am guessing this had something to do with keeping business in WA in the boarder communities. If you lived in a no sales tax state that was on the boarder with a sales tax state, I can guess where you would do most of your shopping.
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    Dave, that's definitely a common practice in border areas,
    but it's not so easy to do for big ticket items now. My mom's
    friend once bought a sofa set at a furniture store in Oregon,
    and a year later the tax folks tracked her down. Every purchase
    with a total over $1000.00 they were coming for their moolah.

    But, at least in Washington, it applies to other states, as well.
    We just framed several things for that Montana customer, and
    I have a lady with an Alaska address who brings work in, too.
    They both have tax exempt status on their purchases here.
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    I guess the lesson there is to pay with cash and leave no paper trail.
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    It looks like this is the form that would need to be filled out. http://dor.wa.gov/docs/forms/excstx/...xmptcert_e.pdf

    After a quick glance, I don't see where framing type items would be exempt. But I didn't look real close.
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    First item...
    Nonresident:
    a. Tangible personal property other than motor vehicles for use outside Washington by a resident of a
    state, possession, or province of Canada, with a sales tax rate of less than three percent.
    Tangible personal property means anything you can touch/feel that is for personal use.
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    Ah. I thought almost all states had a sales tax over 3%. As it turns out they all do, except the states with 0 sales tax. Those very few states would include "Oregon, Montana & Alaska." People from 45 states would still not be tax exempt though.
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    I don't know about the other two, but Oregon has a state income tax instead.
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