Whoa! Socked by FL "use tax"
Just recieved a threatening letter from the State of Florida telling me that they had tracked a trucked-in delivery to me and that according to FL statute blah-blah, if I wasn't charged state sales tax by the company I purchased the item from, I owed 6% "use tax" to the State of Florida. The burden is on me to produce a bill of sale and remit any tax owed by a near date or ELSE!
Why am I writing this? Well, because I didn't know anything about this. Also, because I think we're going to see a lot more of this investigating in all states. When we moved to Florida we were absolutely NOT given a brochure that told anything about our liability for this or any other taxes or fees. So we had no idea we'd owe this. The tax I am being charged on an expensive appliance (EBay purchase, company has no presence in Florida) would buy the warming drawer I have my eye on. It's just a nasty surprise.
Some Internet research I did showed that if I had used the item for 6 mos out of state, the tax would be waived. Otherwise, the intent of the law is that the item is becoming part of the greater State merchandise assets, or some such verbage.
I realize that tens of thousands of items will never be followed up on, but that my one large purchase is worth the State's time. Therefore, it feels a bit targeted and unfair that many don't pay, but I must.
Yeah, I guess I just needed to whine....