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stateside sales tax

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Someone told me that if I go to the states and show my VI license I don't have to pay sales tax. This sounds too good to be true, but then I was thinking that I think this is true for the US states that don't pay sales tax (ex: Oregon residents don't have to pay sales tax in California). Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Posted : July 7, 2008 6:37 pm
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As a Californian who lives and resides and who pays lots of different California tax, I must say that an Oregonian flashing a Oregon drivers license in any store and asking to be exempt, would be laughed out of the store and maybe even the state. If you're here, you'll pay it.

Posted : July 7, 2008 7:14 pm
Marty on STT
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The taxes you pay are based on the locale in which you are in when you buy it...if the State has a Sales Tax, you will be required to pay it...unless you have a Tax Exempt I.D. from your business for buying wholesale..

Posted : July 7, 2008 7:19 pm
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It worked when I lived in Seattle for a few months. Maybe they allow non-Washington residents to be exempt and other states don't? Because when I went to school in Rhode Island, I never heard of any non-RI residents doing that.

Posted : July 7, 2008 8:10 pm
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When we bought our boat in Florida, we didn't have to pay tax because we were leaving the country on it within 30 days. (or some specified time period)
Also, I think, if you are not taking delivery of the product, but having it mailed to the VI, you might be exempt, like when ordering online. But, if you just go into a store, buy a product and walk out of the store with it, you have to pay.

Posted : July 7, 2008 8:11 pm
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Some of the big department stores in Miami allow you to register and get a sales tax exempt card; it's good for the day.

Posted : July 7, 2008 8:54 pm
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i thought it sounded too good to be true. thanks for the info!

Posted : July 7, 2008 9:24 pm
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