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taxed, taxed up the yin yang
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Should not be tax on phone card
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taxed, taxed up the yin yang
No tax on these.
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Cricket is a few cents cheaper if you're a Sam's club member. Instant codes when you buy online. FYI
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Sadly they're adding tax in Ohio. Kills the deal for me. Back to Target.
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Thanks for posting OP.
I'm not even tempted though, since half the orders I place online with BB are later canceled due to 'Verification reasons' which Best Buy tells me they don't know why (but the internet says is because BB flags me for fraud) while I've been either picking up my online orders from store, or having my orders delivered to the same home address for years. With the same saved credit card that's never had an issue. When BB phone rep tells me their Verification (fraud?) team will call me back in 2 days, it never happens (been through this 4 times now).

That along with my local Best Buy now requiring fingerprint scans from anyone returning or exchanging product (I won't even get into BB submitting everything to TRE for all returns) has really made shopping at BB at distasteful thing for me.

Also not tempted, as this is the same price anyone such as myself with a Target Red Card (all you need is a checking account, ID, and a pulse to get) can get these cards any day of the year. Except when Target sells them at a discount and these cards are then even less.
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Sadly they're adding tax in Ohio. Kills the deal for me. Back to Target.
I am in Ohio too and gave my apartment address for shipping and I don't see tax at the payment information page. Also didn't bestbuy recently sent out checks to people they charged taxes on wireless refills cards? I thought they stopped taking tax after that.
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I am in Ohio too and gave my apartment address for shipping and I don't see tax at the payment information page. Also didn't bestbuy recently sent out checks to people they charged taxes on wireless refills cards? I thought they stopped taking tax after that.
Yes they did. I recall arguing with a GM at a Best Buy long before that saying you can't tax gift cards. "Corporate policy" so nothing my local store could do. Jumped on some 10% off Target ones a while back so I'm still good. Gotta love that Cricket is already super cost effective... then an extra 10% off! Wink
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I am in Ohio too and gave my apartment address for shipping and I don't see tax at the payment information page. Also didn't bestbuy recently sent out checks to people they charged taxes on wireless refills cards? I thought they stopped taking tax after that.
It didn't show tax on the first checkout page. Only showed up when I went to pick my payment method.
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Hopefully discount is in store as well.
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target seems to have 5% off most this week and can stack with redcard discount
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Should not be tax on phone card
unfortunately depends on your state...
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Yes they did. I recall arguing with a GM at a Best Buy long before that saying you can't tax gift cards. "Corporate policy" so nothing my local store could do. Jumped on some 10% off Target ones a while back so I'm still good. Gotta love that Cricket is already super cost effective... then an extra 10% off! Wink
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unfortunately depends on your state...
Would hate to be on the Best Buy side of accounting audits every year with state and federal departments of taxation. Best Buy can have whatever corporate policy they want, but state and federal tax rules win. If you are being charged sales tax on a financial instrument (for example you're exchanging USD for TMobile credit which can only be used their services - NOT a new physical phone or accessories) which you later redeem as payment for services, where taxes are then assessed and paid by you - a use tax - Best Buy is committing tax fraud.

I've been dealing with intra and interstate sales tax, though in store POS terminals and websites, for mom & pops and global companies, for decades. This has been a topic with basically every client of mine and is universally known to work this way. Small time accountants, through the big four auditing firms have all confirmed this is how it works - validated to me personally less than 2 months ago by KPMG.

But Best Buy does what Best Buy wants. Eventually the government will really crack down on them, but most immediate issue is consumers are getting ripped off, most who don't know any better. The government doesn't mind getting paid twice, but legally has to penalize all offenders like BB whose incompetence enables the fraud.
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Would hate to be on the Best Buy side of accounting audits every year with state and federal departments of taxation. Best Buy can have whatever corporate policy they want, but state and federal tax rules win. If you are being charged sales tax on a financial instrument (for example you're exchanging USD for TMobile credit which can only be used their services - NOT a new physical phone or accessories) which you later redeem as payment for services, where taxes are then assessed and paid by you - a use tax - Best Buy is committing tax fraud.

I've been dealing with intra and interstate sales tax, though in store POS terminals and websites, for mom & pops and global companies, for decades. This has been a topic with basically every client of mine and is universally known to work this way. Small time accountants, through the big four auditing firms have all confirmed this is how it works - validated to me personally less than 2 months ago by KPMG.

But Best Buy does what Best Buy wants. Eventually the government will really crack down on them, but most immediate issue is consumers are getting ripped off, most who don't know any better. The government doesn't mind getting paid twice, but legally has to penalize all offenders like BB whose incompetence enables the fraud.
Its not just Best Buy charging tax. Both Walmart and Target charge tax on phone cards.

I hesitate to name them here, but the MVNO phone company does not charge when I auto top up. Seems to me that should be taxable.
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