You will not pay sales taxes on your purchases if your order is being shipped outside the state of Texas. Orders shipped within Texas pay 8.25% sales tax. International taxes such as VAT may apply depending the country of destination.
Tax and Shipping Charges on International Orders
Depending upon your country of origin, there may be additional duty or VAT fees due. The purchaser is responsible for any fees that may be incurred. US Post Office services are used to ship to APO/FPO addresses.
So What is My Final Price?
The prices you see with our products are the final prices you will need to pay. Texas residents pay 8.25% sales tax. With free shipping on all jewelry orders, you have no add-ons - whatsoever! No surprises, no confusion, no gimmicks and no hidden charges. Unlike many internet businesses, we do not consider shipping and handling a money making option. We consider it as useful service that we execute efficiently.
Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013
The federal government has considered legislation--the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013--that would affect large online retailers and how online sales taxes are collected in all states. The proposed federal law would allow states to require sellers not physically located in their state to collect taxes on online and catalog sales made to people in their state. Sellers that make $1 million or less in annual sales and have no physical presence in the state would be exempt from this requirement. States would have to meet certain criteria to simplify their sales tax laws and make sales tax collection easier before they could require sellers to collect the tax.
Where does it Stand Now?
The absence of direct taxation of the Internet does not mean that all transactions taking place online are free of tax, or even that the Internet is free of all tax. In the United States, nearly all online transactions are subject to one form of tax or the other. The Internet Tax Freedom Act merely precludes states in the United States from imposing their sales tax, or any other kind of gross receipts tax, on certain online services. For example, a state may impose an income or franchise tax on the net income earned by the provider of online services, while the same state may be precluded from imposing its sales tax on the gross receipts of that provider. In addition, as noted above, the Internet Tax Freedom Act does not prevent taxation of the sale of goods through the Internet.
Sales Tax on Internet Sales - A Little History
From the inception of the Internet until the late 1990s, the Internet was free of regulation by government in the United States at all levels, and also free of any specially targeted tax levies, duties, imposts, or license fees. By 1996, however, that began to change, as several U.S. states and municipalities began to see Internet services as a potential source of tax revenue.
The 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act halted the expansion of direct taxation of the Internet, grandfathering existing taxes in ten states. In the United States alone, some 30,000 taxing jurisdictions could otherwise have laid claim to taxes on a piece of the Internet. The law, however, did not affect sales taxes applied to online purchases. These continue to be taxed at varying rates depending on the jurisdiction, in the same way that phone and mail orders are taxed.
Keep in mind that not every state and locality has a sales tax. Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon do not have a sales tax. In addition, most states have tax exemptions on certain items, such as food or clothing. If you are charging sales tax, you need be familiar with applicable rates.
Determining which sales tax to charge can be a challenge. Many online retailers use online shopping-cart software services to handle their sales transactions. Several of these services are programmed to calculate sales tax rates for you.