|Forum topic by Rob||posted 12-19-2014 12:34 AM||981 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
12-19-2014 12:34 AM
I’m going to retire in 2 years and my wife will retire in just under 3 years. We are fortunate that we both have State Retirement plans and will be ok financially (hopefully) But there will be a need to earn extra money to support my woodworking addiction. My game plan is to sell at Craft Shows. Before we retire, I will buy all the necessary things to get underway (tent, tables etc.-we already have a nice new travel trailer) and I would be very happy if I can make enough money to pay for the overhead of the shows and have enough left over to be able to buy more wood to make more things and allow the vicious cycle to continue for this hobby without having to use any of our Retirement income. Obviously if I don’t do well, I will have to take on a part time job, making sure the youngsters put a napkin in every drive through order and if someone orders a Big Mac, that doesn’t mean to put a Filet O’ Fish in the bag!
Anyway, my question has to do with collecting State Sales Tax. When selling your items and collecting Sales tax, what rate do you use? For instance, if I were to sell at a craft fair in my county, the rate would be 7.50% (4% NY State rate and 3.5% local County rate). If I were to sell at the County to the North of me, their rate would be 8.75% (4% NY State rate and 4.75% local County rate). The County to the East of me would be 8% (4% NY State rate and 4% local County rate). Then to the South of me is Pennsylvania where the rate in the nearest County is 6% (6% PA State rate and 0% local rate)
Do you have to charge different rates based on where you are doing the selling or do you charge the rate where you live and your business address would be? Presumably, you have a business license in the State/County where you have your shop so if you sell at a craft fair in another State, do you pay Sales tax to that State?