Get games without sales tax, for the best deal in gaming

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  • by Politics Paul, Sep 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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    States have passed more and more draconian sales tax legislation to force online retailers into collecting sales tax. For a hardcore gamer, this can result in hundreds of dollars a year. Fortunately, there are still ways for gamers in the United States to get around paying the sales tax (at least until April, as not to give the government an interest free loan). These stores also have great non-gaming products as well!

    Note: You should not pay sales tax on the purchase of a giftcard no matter what state you live in. You only pay sales tax on the purchase after redeeming a giftcard. For example, if you buy a $20 giftcard to Amazon, and the sales tax in your state is 10%, you should end up paying $20 for the giftcard and then once you redeem the giftcard, you'll notice you can purchase an item worth up to $18.18 due to the extra tax applied.

    Oregon, Delaware, New Hampshire, Montana and Alaska do not charge a sales tax. So if you live in any of these five states, you've got nothing to worry about!

    Digital retailers

    Steam: Only collects sales tax in Washington, since that is where their headquarters are located.

    Nintendo: collects sales tax on digital sales in just about every state. In order to get around this, you can use a zip code located in a sales tax free state in your profile information when signing up, such as 97222 - Milwaukie, Oregon. Even if you've already signed up, you can change your zip code later.

    Xbox Live Marketplace: Xbox Live previously didn't charge sales tax when they were using the Microsoft Points system. After switching over to the dollars system, they started charging a sales tax in every state that imposes a sales tax. Again, you can get around this by using a zip code from a state which does not charge a sales tax.

    PlayStation Network: A Sony support representative informed me that no sales tax is charged on PSN. I personally have not been charged any sales tax on PSN either. However, I have seen some reports on message boards from people claiming to have been charged sales tax. If anyone could provide more information that might be helpful.


    Which online retailers for physical products charge a sales tax in your state?

    States Amazon TigerDirect Newegg

    AL​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    AK​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    AZ​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    AR​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    CA​

    Yes​

    No​

    Yes​

    CO​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    CT​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    DE​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    FL​

    Yes​

    Yes​

    No​

    GA​

    Yes​

    Yes​

    No​

    HI​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    ID​

    No​

    Yes​

    No​

    IL​

    No​

    Yes​

    No​

    IN​

    Yes​

    No​

    Yes​

    IA​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    KS​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    KY​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    LA​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    ME​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    MD​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    MA​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    MI​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    MN​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    MS​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    MO​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    MT​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    NE​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    NV​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    NH​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    NJ​

    Yes​

    No​

    Yes​

    NM​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    NY​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    NC​

    Yes​

    Yes​

    No​

    ND​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    OH​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    OK​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    OR​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    N/A​

    PA​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    RI​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    SC​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    SD​

    No​

    Yes​

    No​

    TN​

    Yes​

    No​

    Yes​

    TX​

    Yes​

    Yes​

    No​

    UT​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    VT​

    No​

    No​

    No​

    VA​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    WA​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    WV​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    WI​

    Yes​

    No​

    No​

    WY​

    No​

    No​

    No​
    [​IMG]

    Note: You still may be legally required to pay sales tax even when using these sites. This is for informational purposes and to help you defer your sales tax payment until April when you file your taxes.
     
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Comments

Discussion in 'Articles' started by Politics Paul, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. vengvong
    Canadian provinces please :^)
  2. Politics Paul
    I don't know much about Canada but http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_taxes_in_Canada according to this list Alberta has the lowest tax rate in Canada (but there is still a 5% tax). I believe you can change province but not country (without making a new NNID).

    Just remember, this is for deferring taxes and for informational purposes. If you're planning on using this to evade taxes don't do that, because that would be wrong.

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