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Old 07-13-07, 05:00 PM
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do bike stores charge tax?

question: do bike stores charge tax?
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Old 07-13-07, 05:02 PM
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Answer: You can't eat a bicycle. Yes, they charge applicable sales tax.
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Old 07-13-07, 05:07 PM
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More correctly, they collect tax. The gubmint charges tax.
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so there is tax for buying bikes?

what about for service? or buying parts?
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Old 07-13-07, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by faceD
so there is tax for buying bikes?

what about for service? or buying parts?
There is sales tax on everything in almost every state. That includes bikes, parts and service.

The only way to avoid it is to buy mailorder or by internet from a dealer that does not have a facility in your state. For example, if I buy something from Colorado Cyclist, I don't pay sales tax. If I buy from Nashbar or Performance, I pay PA sales tax since they (Performance, which is the parent company of both) have a retail shop in Pennsylvania.

I just noticed you are in Toronto so I don't know how the Province assess tax on retail purchases or mailorder purchases.
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Old 07-13-07, 06:00 PM
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In Canada, GST (Goods/Services Tax) should be charged for the service provided of repairing your bike and the Provincial Tax would also apply.
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Old 07-13-07, 06:26 PM
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Maximum sales tax is $300 in South Carolina on one purchase.
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Old 07-13-07, 11:19 PM
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Can't say for Ontario, but BC does not have PST on bikes and parts, but they do tax accessories and clothing. Of course, you pay GST on everything.
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Originally Posted by DieselDan
Maximum sales tax is $300 in South Carolina on one purchase.
With sales tax at 5% (6%) you'd have to buy a bike (and/or accessories) worth more than $6000 ($5000) to profit from that... right?!?
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Originally Posted by Rincewind8
With sales tax at 5% (6%) you'd have to buy a bike (and/or accessories) worth more than $6000 ($5000) to profit from that... right?!?
It won't help most bike purchasers but it would be great if you were buying a car or other big-ticket item.

I wonder if SC is unique. I've never heard of a ceiling on sales tax anywhere else.
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Old 07-14-07, 07:16 AM
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Technically labor shouldn't have any taxes but....it does - we've gotten a couple complaints about that, especially from people who are self employed and follow the rule, but as long as tax is taken out of my paycheck for the labor I commit, tax will be charged.
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Originally Posted by Stacey
More correctly, they collect tax. The gubmint charges tax.
You got that backwards, don't you?
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Old 07-14-07, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Brian
You got that backwards, don't you?
Nope. If the government did not charge tax, they would not require me to collect it for them.
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Originally Posted by BikeWise1
Nope. If the government did not charge tax, they would not require me to collect it for them.
And I'll bet most people didn't know that they let you keep just a little of it for performing this "service".
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Old 07-14-07, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by DieselDan
Maximum sales tax is $300 in South Carolina on one purchase.
I wish that was true in Missouri. I just bought a new car.

They charge sales tax on boats too but, if you buy a big enough boat, it's considered a part of the Missouri Navy or something and the sales tax doesn't apply. Uh - it takes a real big boat.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I wish that was true in Missouri. I just bought a new car.

They charge sales tax on boats too but, if you buy a big enough boat, it's considered a part of the Missouri Navy or something and the sales tax doesn't apply. Uh - it takes a real big boat.
Probably a favor from the MO state legislature to commercial tug/pushboat operators.
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Old 07-14-07, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by CHenry
Probably a favor from the MO state legislature to commercial tug/pushboat operators.
I suspect it has more to do with paying back the big political donors who own some of the huge yachts that you can see on the Lake of the Ozarks.
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Originally Posted by CHenry
Probably a favor from the MO state legislature to commercial tug/pushboat operators.
Anyone remember Kenny Rogers' plan for a boat with gambling and hookers?
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No sales tax in DE
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I suspect it has more to do with paying back the big political donors who own some of the huge yachts that you can see on the Lake of the Ozarks.
I didn't think of that at first, but the exclusion might also include riverboat casinos.
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Originally Posted by Brian
Anyone remember Kenny Rogers' plan for a boat with gambling and hookers?
Don't get me started on "riverboat" gambling and the "boats in moats".
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Yes, they charge GST (both for bikes [goods] and repair [services]). Ontario provincial tax would be separate, but I imagine bikes and servicing would be treated as GST. Not sure, though, as Alberta doesn't have a provincial sales tax. rcd
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