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Sales Tax Charges on Purchases at Trial Guides

Since the beginning of Trial Guides in 2004, we prevented customer sales tax charges by placing our headquarters in Oregon, one of five states with no sales tax.  

As you may know, in 2018 the US Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair, 585 U.S. ____ (2018) [link: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-494_j4el.pdf] that a state can pass laws that create an economic nexus with an out of state eCommerce company.  As a result, several states have passed or revised their tax laws regarding taxation of out of state companies.  Trial Guides has carefully reviewed the tax laws of each state to determine how they impact our requirement to charge customers sales tax for their state.  In response, Trial Guides is now required to start charging sales tax to those customers purchasing for the following states: 

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma

Charges for the same products should carry the same or higher taxes if purchased from the Trial Guides store on Amazon.com

Sales into the following states with economic nexus laws, were not sufficient in the past year to require sales tax collection:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington DC
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

As a result, no sales tax will be charged to customers in these states.  For those customers choosing between ordering from the Trial Guides store on Amazon.com or the directly through the Trial Guides web site, it is likely that Amazon will charge sales tax for purchases from these states, but you will not pay sales tax when ordering directly from the Trial Guides web site. Depending upon the state, you may pay substantially more in sales taxes ordering from Amazon than Trial Guides directly.

Additionally, there is no sales tax into the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Deleware
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
Trial Guides has implemented new technology on the Trial Guides web site, and categorized each product according to the different states’ sales tax codes, to correctly calculate sales tax on your orders.  Given the language of the laws in each state, the sales tax determination will be made each year based upon sales from the prior year.
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