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Guest Message by DevFuse
California: Sales tax on receiver fee(s)?
26 replies to this topic
Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:06 AM
You need to pay attention to the sales tax charge. My rate being charged was wrong. I was told by a couple of csr's that its was a statewide preset fee, and if i had a problem i should contact my congressman. It was finally the sales tax rate charged on the shipping fee of a replacement receiver that forced me to take them up on that and it was actually our states attorney general. I and found out we have no such thing. It should be taxed at my local rate which it was not. We do have different tax rates for the same zip code in my town, which was the problem but not until i wrote them a letter and notified them that I did contact my congressman it seemed no one at Directv would actually check on it and take care of it. I took 8 years to get it straightened out.
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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:13 PM
On Feb. 7, 2013, Directv began taxing the free receiver in all 50 states. This is tax is against the law in Texas because all credits (like the $6.00 credit for the free receiver) must be subtracted from the charges before the tax rate is applied. Many other states have the same law. I have spoken with the Texas Comptroller's office and they have confirmed what Directv is doing is against the law. In a clandestine manner, Directv is trying to recover the sales or use tax it pays when it buys a receiver. If you think about it, the tax on the $6.00 for about 12-16 months equals the use tax Directv pays when it buys a receiver. Thus, you will actually pay this use tax several times. Moreover, they put no explanation on the bill. They hide the charge by making one think this is something the taxing authority has done. No, the sleaze facatory at Directv came up with this brilliant idea. You may want to sent an email to taxsupport@directv and ask them to explain the tax on the credit and to cite your state law that gives them permission to do it. You will get a BS reply, but at least you will have proof that you tried to get an answer. Please inform your state comptroller and state attorney general about what Directv has done. Directv will drop the new charge if they get enough pressure to do so.