Every state is different, which is why the Internet folks are trying to fight paying sales taxes to the states, having to keep track of every comma and paragraph....I have often wondered whether, when taxed on the full amount, whether that extra $ actually makes its way to the Department of Revenue or isn't siphoned off some where.
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Each state is different. You need to comply with each state's laws where you are doing business. Many times you need multiple tax and legal professional that are licensed in multiple states. Best of luck to you.
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As other attorneys have stated, how and when state taxes are charged depends on the particular state's laws. It also depends on what you are selling. You mentioned in your fact pattern "communications taxes" which usually apply to telecommunication services -- which adds another layer of complexity to your case. Consider engaging a local tax attorney to assist you in negotiating these matters because sales taxes and communications taxes are charged on different things and reported on different forms.
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