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California: Sales tax on receiver fee(s)?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by trainman, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. dishinitout

    dishinitout Mentor

    Jan 4, 2013
    It's similar to buying a cell phone or anything else that has a discount, you pay tax on full retail not subsidized value. EX. Buy a cell phone that has a full price of $500 but for new contract they give it to you free you pay tax on the $500. Honestly, I don't understand why they don't tax the receivers new customers get too since they show full price then minus any discounts for the freebies.
  2. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    Oh yeah I forgot I have phone service also my fault
  3. gov

    gov Legend

    Jan 11, 2013
    Costco charges (around here anyhow) full sales tax on pre-discounted price.

    Makes a little difference sometimes, I am near a state border and the states have slightly different sales tax rates, Costco being in the higher of the two, and a nice little midsiz BB in the cheaper of the 2, and I do comparison shop.
  4. tritch

    tritch Legend

    Jan 15, 2008
    Porter, TX
    I live in Texas and see this new tax on the primary receiver. I'm not sure if it's billing gitch or not, because I'm not aware of any new "usage tax" or tax law changes here. It coincides with the price increase in February.

    I always thought it was a joke to see this as a line item on the bill anyway. If the first receiver is really free, than it's free....period. What's with the fake charge and then the credit? It should either not be on the bill at all or simply say Primary receiver - $0.00. Any other receivers on the account would each show the $6 mirror fee plus taxes.

    I suppose by leaving the charge and credit on there, they can simply take away the credit in the future and start charging everyone for the primary receiver. Just another slick move to increase the price your paying without raising the package prices.....

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  5. the future is now

    the future is now AllStar

    Jun 9, 2010
    Los Angeles
    so to continue my post, they have doubled my tax for this bill. i now pay $0.96 in tax, they added tax to the primary receiver.

    my bill went up $5.48 which includes the $2 Lakers fee, will probably double next year to add the Dodgers fee.
  6. dudester

    dudester Cool Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    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.
  7. jbruggeman

    jbruggeman New Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    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.

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