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About Taxes and Duties

The U.S. and state governments continuously seek new avenues to charge taxes and increase revenues; the internet commerce tax always becomes an easy target. Internet sales tax, often described as the biggest tax loophole is continuously explored by U.S. and state legislators to collect additional sales taxes. As of August 2012, two proposals are under consideration of the congress -- the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Main Street Fairness Act - to do exactly that. As a consequence, small businesses could be forced to collect sales taxes in 46 states and comply with regulatory filing requirements in the near future. Big retailers who have brick and mortar stores are spending millions of dollars on lobbying to force online retailers including Amazon to collect sales taxes in all 46 states to remove the competitive advantage. What they do not acknowledge is that Amazon also has a price advantage, not just the sales tax advantage. In other words, in spite of adding sales tax, Amazon is still able to beat big retailers' prices.

Supreme Court and Internet Sales Tax

The U.S. Supreme Court established the Quill Standard in 1992 (National Bellas Hess v. Illinois and Quill v. North Dakota) in a ruling that set a precedent that only companies with a physical presence in a state need to collect online sales tax for purchases in that state. However, the court also said that the Congress has the ability to change that situation.

Will I Pay Sales Tax?

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. In other words, we have to collect sales tax in the state of Texas where we have a physical presence. If your order is shipped to an address in Texas, we will collect Texas sales tax at 8.25% on the total excluding shipping charges.

Tax and Shipping Charges on International Orders

We do not collect any taxes or fees on international orders. Paying any country or local taxes and fees is the responsibility of the purchaser.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

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.

Country Custom Duties

Your packages may be subject to the customs fees and import duties of the country to which you have your order shipped. These charges are always the recipient's responsibility. We cannot know country specific duties and taxes and how they such countries outside the United States operate.

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