So I’m preparing for my first art fair next month. I have my tax ID number and I’m aware of the sales tax for my location but I’m wondering if its legal to just build the sales tax into the cost of the product (like they do in parts of Europe) rather than charge more at point of sale? The research I’ve done says that some states don’t allow this (for example, rather than have someone buy a twenty dollar item and charge them an additional 2.50 tax, I could just make the cost of the item an even 22.00 and pay my taxes from there). But I can’t find any definitive answer as to whether Illinois allows this.
I’m trying to avoid a) having to have a bunch of nickel/dime costs and change and I am nervous with all the individual city/state taxes that I might calculate something incorrectly. Besides, it just seems easier to charge a flat fee...no surprises at check out.