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Including tax in price?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jul 4. 16 Replies

Good afternoon!  In just over two weeks I'll be at my very first show, and I have a question for veterans here about taxes.I am working on pricing and signage, and I have considered including taxes…Continue

Hanging metal prints on Flourish black mesh panels?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Scales May 28. 9 Replies

Good morning!I think I have a solution, but I wanted to see if someone smarter or more clever has already found a better way.  I need to securely hang 20 x 30 metal prints on my Flourish black mesh…Continue

My first booth!

Started this discussion. Last reply by TC Crumpton May 20. 6 Replies

Hello!  Early this year I decided to channel my passion -- photography -- into a side venture and sell at art shows.  Due to timing, I've missed out already on all the Summer and nearly all the Fall…Continue

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Richard L. Sherer replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"In Colorado, retail sales taxes at shows I have done ranged from 4.5% to 8.9%. First you will jeed a Special Event License. Then the fun begins. Sales tax can be composed of State, County, City, and then special districts for stadiums, Regional…"
Jul 4
Chris Fedderson replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Good call.  It will be easier for you in the long run; and at sales tax time, you won't have to do the math of backing out all the --possibly various-- tax monies for reporting/paying. Good Luck, --Chris Fedderson"
Jul 4
TC Crumpton replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Thanks everyone for your replies.  With concerns that it might not be legal here in CO, I ended up not including taxes in my prices."
Jul 4
Barry Bernstein replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"99% of my sales are CC purchases. I make sure that I have the correct sales tax percentage for that state in the machine and it is calculated automatically. Hardly anyone complains. If they do, I just tell them the state gets mean if I don't…"
Jul 3
Kristy Guenther replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"I include the tax in all my sales. No way am I dealing with coin change! I have a sign attached to my sales tax license that states this. It is legal in my state (NY). All of my sales receipts have a line item for tax worked out backwards from the…"
Jul 3
Karen Myers replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"I don't include tax in my prices as I would rather deal with figuring out the tax than have all of my selling items taken away from me if I get caught.  I heard that the area I live in is strict, (South East PA and NJ) although I have have…"
Jul 3
C.C. Barton replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"On the other hand.... I've been at high end shows (Sausalito was one) where wealthy clients/collectors roam the aisles with pockets full of hundreds and fifties to try to use as a bargaining chip to get cash deals. I lost an $800 sale because…"
May 29
Cindy Welch replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"I have done it both ways, charged tax and also at one time included it in the price.  For all the reasons listed so far, I prefer not to include it. We do not want to deal with coins, so... If someone is paying with cash and their total is…"
May 29
C.C. Barton replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Hey Chris, I've done the same - many times.  I don't ever discount the prices for my work (a very slippery slope imo) so offering to pay the tax is clean - gives the customer satisfaction that they've gotten a 'deal,'…"
May 29
Deborah Cherrin replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Here's where I landed on this issue. I do not charge tax for cash transactions but I do for credit cards. For me, I prefer to keep my cash transactions simple so I can move on to deal with other customers, and I save a little on the credit card…"
May 29
Chris Fedderson replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Hi CC, [sorry, I used up all my "Yo" allowance  ;->  ], Yes -- "Much better to be clear to the customer...".  Also, this is the reason behind the laws against including tax into the price -- unless it is also…"
May 29
C.C. Barton replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"If you do shows in multiple states, that would mean you're going to have to change your prices for every show.  So much for simplifying your bookkeeping. Much better to be clear to the customer what is your price and what is the tax. Trust…"
May 29
Chris Fedderson replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Yo T [it just seemed right  ;-> ], I do not include tax in my prices. I asume, since you wrote: "...it's apparently illegal in some states...", that you work in multiple states [or even counties], with their differing rates...…"
May 29
Chris Fedderson replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Hello Jeri, re.: "...on behalf of their govenor." ... YEA that you make the distinction. I get so [internally] annoyed when customers say, with incredulity, "you charge tax?!?!". No, I don't. Your state does. And, believe…"
May 29
Jeri Vitello replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"For what it's worth, I do not include tax in my pricing.  However, when running a credit card I do make sure that the buyer understands/confirms the total they will see on their cc statement.  In other words, I point out the tax I am…"
May 29
Morgan M. Harris replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Following...  I'm wondering the same for the same reasons."
May 29

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My first show ever will be June 14, 2019.
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http://janthonycrumpton.com
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Ideas!
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At 8:05am on May 3, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi TC,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks so much for subscribing to the newsletter and best of luck as you move forward.

At 10:20am on May 12, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

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