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Sales Tax Policies

We are currently not required to collect sales tax on sales outside of Colorado.

If you make your purchase through a third-party platform like Reverb or eBay, you will likely be charged tax. This is beyond our control and is explained below.

Background

Recent changes in tax laws (see South Dakota v. Wayfair) mean that most states now require a business to collect sales tax if the business crosses a certain threshold in sales to that state.

For example, a business that has over $500,000 in sales to California must begin collecting sales tax on behalf of California. This threshold varies by state, but in most cases it's between $100,000 and $500,000.

As a small shop, we never cross these thresholds and are therefore not required to collect sales tax for any state outside of Colorado.

These changes to the tax code are why massive operations like Reverb, Guitar Center, and Sweetwater are now charging sales tax. They are above the threshold in every state and are therefore required to collect sales tax.

A Note to Our Colorado Customers

We are still legally required to collect all state and local taxes on purchases made in Colorado. However, if you're interested in something in our shop, drop us a line and we'll do our best to make it work for you.

Tax Exempt Organizations

If you are part of a religious, educational, or government organization we are happy to accommodate your tax exempt status. Just get in touch with your tax exempt number and we'll go from there.

Fine Print

In some cases, we may be required to inform buyers that they will owe use tax in their state. Use tax is a sales tax on purchases made outside of a customer's state of residence, paid to their state of residence.

These requirements are only in place in a handful of states, and in most cases won't apply as they are only triggered when we cross a sales threshold.

In these cases, we are not required to collect use tax and will simply inform you of your obligations. It is your responsibility to claim the purchase when you file your taxes.

In some states, you may be required to pay use tax even if we are not explicitly required to inform you of this fact. Please check with your state and local taxing authorities to see if you are responsible for use tax in your jurisdiction.

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