I purchased a steel building from a company in Oregon six years ago. I signed a contract paid thte amount requested. I asked why no sales tax was collected and was told Oregon does not collect it and we only manufacture the building for you we do not deliver the building. An independant shipping company will deliver the building. When the fabrication was complete the shipper delivered the building and I paid the shipper his fee plus 8% tax on the shipping fee. Fast forward six years, yesterday I get a letter from the fabrication company, the state of Washington wants to collect sales taxes on all buildings the oregaon company fabricated for Washington state for the past 12 years. The company is requesting I send the state of Washington another $1300 within 30 days. Who is liable for the sales tax at this point. I feel I did my due diligence to address this issue when I signed the cantract and again when I made my final payment. If additional tax is required the responsibility is with the fabrication company to pay.
Country relating to Question: United StatesState (if USA): OregonWhat have you tried so far?: nothing just got the letter requesting I pay sales tax now on a purchase I completed six years ago.
Thank you for posting your question to JA/Pearl. Legal questions often take time for research or I may be offline so please be patient, I will reply.In your situation, the company appears to be out of luck. The statute of limitations on a contract action in both Oregon and Washington is 6 years so that is an absolute defense if they try to sue you. In addition, it would cost them more that what they say you owe to try to collect. Next since they agreed on a contract price and you paid in full, then you also have the absolute defense of payment in full on the contract. It is their mistake and their fight with Washington, not yours.
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