Your online phone, tablet or smartwatch order from B&H might now include sales tax

Your online phone, tablet or smartwatch order from B&H might now include sales tax
If you're a regular PhoneArena reader, you've probably seen our stories related to deals on phones, tablets and smartwatches offered by B&H Photo. The company's lone retail store is located at 420 Ninth Avenue on the corner of West 34th Street in Manhattan. There is also a corporate warehouse in Florence, New Jersey. As a result, for years it has charged sales tax  to only those customers located in New York or New Jersey.

By not having to add sales tax to the purchase price of a phone, B&H had an advantage over other online purveyors of mobile tech. Online retailers only had to charge sales tax to customers living in states where the company has a physical presence. For example, Best Buy has stores in all 50 states, which means that they need to charge sales tax on all online orders headed to U.S. consumers. B&H also had an advantage against the four major U.S. carriers in most states.

Now, you might note that we used the past tense in the above paragraph. That's because a Supreme Court ruling on a case titled South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. has changed things. According to a story published today, B&H is now required to charge sales tax in twenty additional states.

When trying to figure out which deal to take in the future, keep in mind that if you live in one of the states listed below, you will have to pay sales tax on a purchase made through the B&H website:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina,
  • North Dakota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Washington (state)
  • Wisconsin

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4 Comments

1. sirohunter

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

That sucks, was paying tax in NJ anyway, oh well :/

2. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Cross B&H off my list.

4. guest

Posts: 365; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

This applies to all retailers

3. libra89

Posts: 2123; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yep this happened to me lately with them and I was disappointed. It has me rethinking if I really want to try something after all, if it's more than a certain price point. This is a bummer.

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