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I read the info you linked, but there is no mention of dogs or pets in that. Can you please tell me the source of your information? I am terrified that I will owe taxes and get into trouble with the dept. of Revenue.
Another professional here. I am researching the WA state legislature and what I find is that the puppy sales would be subject to sales tax. Most items are subject to sales tax unless they are "exempted". I pulled up WAC 458-20-210 which discusses Sales of tangible personal property for farming - sales of agricultural products by farmers http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=458-20-210...and see that dogs and cats are considered pet animals, so they are not excluded under this section of the legislation. This to me says that the sale of pet animals, which is tangible personal property, to people in the state of WA is subject to sales tax in the state of WA. If you sale a puppy and have them shipped to another state, this would be interstate commerce and you would not owe sales tax to WA on this sale. However, I suggest dropping an email to WA Dept of Revenue and to ensure there are no "exemptions" from the collection of sales tax on the sale of puppies. If you need further clarification, please let me know. I look forward to your response. Stephanie
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I am really frustrated with this. I asked a question and got 2 totally opposite answers. How am I to know which one is correct? I am clueless. I appreciate both of your time, but it didn't help me one bit. thank you anyway.
To assist in clearing this up, I contacted WA DoR to provide you with more information. I just spoke with Misty at WA Dept of Revenue and she states that the sale of puppies is subject to sales tax. She says the portion of legislation to look at is WAC 458-20-210 (which is the link that I gave you earlier). She says they are not excluded because they are considered pet animals and not excluded under agricultural products. The phone number I called is(NNN) NNN-NNNN It took a bit to get through the system but I hope this is of assistance to you.
I look forward to your response. Stephanie
Thank you so much for your effort. I so appreciate that.
My situation is that I have been raising and selling puppies for years. It never occurred to me that I should pay sales tax and my tax person never mentioned it either. I know lots of dog breeders and none of them charge or pay sales tax.
Now I have a situation where a disgruntled customer is trying to make trouble for me and has reported me to the dept of revenue. So they sent me a letter asking for a bunch of information for 2011 and I am scared stiff. I don't know what to do and am afraid they are going to slap fines on me and make me pay all this sales tax. It would cause my business to go under.
I don't mind setting up the tax for the future but if we have to go backwards, I am going to be in trouble.
Thank you so much for your help.