Today was sales tax day, my bi-annual few hours of torturing myself trying to figure out what I need to pay in sales tax to the various states I have traveled and sold in over the past few months. This is a hellish procedure for me as #1 my accounting and math skills are not very good, #2 each state has a different procedure and it is incredibly confusing, and #3 the department of revenue websites that the states are pushing businesses to use to file sales tax are wonky and almost impossible to navigate. In WI, I have to pay sales tax only in the months I am there making sales (but if their month on record changes from my show date and I forget to file the month they have on record, they send me a whopping bill for estimated tax... that happened once, gulp!). In IL, I pay one time a year, although when I started, I had to file every month for a couple of years, even if it was a zero return and I didn't go to the state at all. Illinois is particularly confusing because each county has a different tax rate and several sub rates within some counties (stadium taxes and such) and so the tax forms are even more confusing. For Pennsylvania, I file twice a year, even though I only do one show a year, so one tax return is for no sales. I often forget in mid summer to send that one in and get a stern reminder. I used to file in Ohio, but shows were not great so I discontinued my license there to save me some redundant paperwork. Of course, I file in my home state of Michigan, but thankfully that one is not due until the end of next month, so I have some time to procrastinate. :)
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.