FYI California Residents Beware!

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  1. The_Omega_Man
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    Beware California's hidden cell phone tax - SFGate

    http://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/pub120.pdf
    As a Californian, I did not realize this until I went in to a local BB today to price out a new Droid, the the very attractive sales person informed me about this tax. This means that there is about a 25% tax relative to the register sales price ($199) of the phone. She was saying that it is about $50 in CA Sales Tax alone! :sad: This is because they are required to charge sales tax (9.750 % where I live in CA) based upon the original price of the phone ($599) ! I told her that I would have to send a letter to Mr. "Kali-fornia" Govern-ator himself! :cus:

    Needless to say, I do not have a Droid yet. I wonder if you order this out of state if this tax still applies???

    So check your sales receipt if you live in California and you recently bought a Droid phone!!!! An write your congress man or woman and remind them that 2010 is an election year for them!
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    Maryland does the same, Charge taxes on the retail price...
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    I live in Maryland, and have never had that happen?

    They have always taxed me on the selling price, regardless of what the retail value is.
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    Maybe I am mistaken then...I do travel 5 days out of the week and it could of been another area...
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    This isn't new... I've lived in CA for most of my life and the VZW customer service reps always tell me the tax is based on the MSRP and not the sale price of the phone.
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    Not only that, but it's been about 10-15 since carriers were allowed to make the deals in CA. When I bought our first cells, VZW (then GTE ) had to charge at least 10% above wholesale to it's customers.
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    Ok guys political converstations are off limits.... if I need to i'll close this thread. Please keep it on topic
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