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Subject: Re: [OM] In case you hadn't heard....
From: Andrew Fildes <afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:33:45 +1100
Don't apologise, unless…
At the moment Blurb is charging me 10% GST (VAT) for books delivered to 
Australia - tax they don't have to charge me as there is an exemption for goods 
and products of services valued at under AU$1000 including shipping - though 
the government will take it if you pay it and will not refund. The exemption is 
a rather informal arrangement - they can't be bothered with the expense of 
collecting the mostly small amounts. 
Blurb is quite obdurate about doing it, claiming that their lawyers tell them 
it is required. Objections hit brick wall thinking. Dumb, expensive and 
irritating. FedEx used to do the same thing in the past, but have now stopped - 
but at least they were trying to screw me for brokerage fees. Greed is easier 
to understand than idiocy.
I think my next step is to demand proof from Blurb that they are remitting the 
tax to the Australian government.
Andrew Fildes

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On 17/03/2014, at 6:02 AM, Daniel Sepke wrote:

> My apologies to the international members...
> At least in NC the rule for mail order is to charge the appropriate county 
> rate you are delivering to. With all the attendant local taxes applied, if 
> valid (some NC counties have the permission to levee a local tax but are not 
> enforcing it yet). Back when I had my business there it was a pain to figure 
> out and impossible to explain to customers. Oh and totally unsupported by 
> every vendor working on my behalf. This is why I have trouble supporting 
> Internet sales tax legislation as there are likely 1000's of permutations of 
> sales tax rates in the USA. They are often impossible to calculate with a zip 
> code, sometimes following county lines. In my experience only business that 
> asks for my county is UPS, not even Amazon appear to ask.

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