Sales tax craziness

Recently purchased something online and they broke out the sales tax to state and county. Did you know there was a county sales tax? For items (non-real estate or vehicles).
I sure didn’t. So when I got hit by the break out, while purchasing something online, I was like: “What the…. What is this Forsyth County sales tax? Grrr..”
After several calls where both the county and city levels never heard of such thing, I was referred to the Department of Revenue (state level). Go figure that the sales tax that you pay on your receipt is a combination of both state and county level sales tax. Most vendors just don’t break it down for you. Forsyth County happens to be 2.5%.
Crazy isn’t it. I never knew about the break down. Apparently some people at the county and city level didn’t either. Good thing to know.

  • beth

    Yeap- and Mark knows a guy who was trying to get part of the county tax reduced. I can’t recall the details but it was that people can petition to have it reduced by either a full or half cent on the dollar…

  • beth

    Yeap- and Mark knows a guy who was trying to get part of the county tax reduced. I can’t recall the details but it was that people can petition to have it reduced by either a full or half cent on the dollar…

  • Guilford County Commissioners decide how the county sales tax is distributed.
    Several years ago the method was changed from a per capita rate to incorporated areas. Now it is based on the local property tax rate.
    A certain part Greensboro’s receipts of the Guilford County sales tax (from taxes collected in the central business district) goes to Downtown Greensboro, Inc.

  • Guilford County Commissioners decide how the county sales tax is distributed.
    Several years ago the method was changed from a per capita rate to incorporated areas. Now it is based on the local property tax rate.
    A certain part Greensboro’s receipts of the Guilford County sales tax (from taxes collected in the central business district) goes to Downtown Greensboro, Inc.

  • Talk about being out of the “know”… hahaha.
    I thought everyone KNEW that sales tax comes from both. Man, have you been living under a rock for the last several years?
    As a note, did you ALSO know that if you buy food products (perishables) that the state tax is repealed and the only portion left is the county tax for the most part… thus food (think ‘water’) is taxed at 2.5% and electronics at 6.75%.
    Oh, and by the way… all these different taxes and tax scenarios aren’t liked any more by the businesses that have to charge them than they are by the consumers that have to pay them. It is an absolutely royal pain in the rump to keep up with which county gets what, which state gets what, and the whole bit.
    Now imagine if you did business in every county in every state… some counties charge tax, some done, some states have one rate, others have a different rate… keeping track of it all is a nightmare.
    This is why the internet sales tax deal is really a sweet deal… for everyone involved.

  • Talk about being out of the “know”… hahaha.
    I thought everyone KNEW that sales tax comes from both. Man, have you been living under a rock for the last several years?
    As a note, did you ALSO know that if you buy food products (perishables) that the state tax is repealed and the only portion left is the county tax for the most part… thus food (think ‘water’) is taxed at 2.5% and electronics at 6.75%.
    Oh, and by the way… all these different taxes and tax scenarios aren’t liked any more by the businesses that have to charge them than they are by the consumers that have to pay them. It is an absolutely royal pain in the rump to keep up with which county gets what, which state gets what, and the whole bit.
    Now imagine if you did business in every county in every state… some counties charge tax, some done, some states have one rate, others have a different rate… keeping track of it all is a nightmare.
    This is why the internet sales tax deal is really a sweet deal… for everyone involved.

  • No…. it’s not that I didn’t know there was a tax. It was the breakdown.
    So this is what you saw:
    ITEM #1 $1234
    Forsyth County TAX $ 56
    North Carolina State Tax $ 78
    And you wonder…. what the hell??? Since Sales tax is always taken by the state in “1” percentage. This is from an out-of-state vendor btw, so that struck me as a ripoff before I got it straight. And it was off the Internet.

  • darkmoon

    No…. it’s not that I didn’t know there was a tax. It was the breakdown.
    So this is what you saw:
    ITEM #1 $1234
    Forsyth County TAX $ 56
    North Carolina State Tax $ 78
    And you wonder…. what the hell??? Since Sales tax is always taken by the state in “1” percentage. This is from an out-of-state vendor btw, so that struck me as a ripoff before I got it straight. And it was off the Internet.