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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000087.txt from 2001/02

From: "Aimee E. Kratofil" <kratofil@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] Re: Sales Tax
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2001 08:18:05 -0500

Chris,

Pennsylvania has some weird rules, too,
but luckily our lessons are not
taxable. I used to think that services
were not taxable, but in checking about
the desktop publishing I do, I found it
isn't so cut and dried.

Recently, someone sent an anonymous
letter to our state sales tax office
about music teachers and books. This
person felt some of us were making money

on books and not paying sales tax. A
man from the local office called and
spoke to one of the teachers. He was
actually nice and reasonable! He told
us that he didn't want to pursue it. We
should just remind other teachers that
if you charge more than you pay for
something, then you should collect and
pay sales tax. Most of us charge the
student exactly what we paid (tax
included, if applicable). He said that
was OK. It falls under the category of
reimbursed expenses. Boy did we get
lucky. He also said, that if we were to

start paying the little bit of sales
tax, it would cost the state more to
process it. It wasn't worth it. I was
stunned at this man's attitude. And a
little surprised that someone had enough
time on their hands to send the letter
in the first place!

Chris, are you being hit with back
taxes, and the like? I hope not. Do
you bill by the month? I just started
that. It makes a lot of things easier.
I'm thinking about the odd numbers and
change you might be getting with tax and

paying cash. Just a thought.

Aimee Kratofil
Greensburg, PA

Chris Hill wrote:

> I just found out the in South Dakota,
we're supposed to be charging
> sales tax on every gig that we play.
We also need to charge sales tax on
> every lesson. Is this the case in any
other state?
>

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