When did Logos start collecting sales tax on Mobile Ed courses?

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Joe Griffin | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, May 16 2019 2:42 AM

I guess there must have been some change that happened like changing status from being a non-profit to a C-corp. 

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Kendall Sholtess | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 16 2019 4:22 AM

  As long as I have known Faithlife they have been for profit. The non-profit companies which offer library research tools don't have the capital to invest in the magnificent and awesome tools that Faithlife has. Also, they cannot attract the top scholars in their fields to take the time to arrange a curriculum and make multiple videos in their area of specialty. 

 As for me, I am thankful that Faithlife charges enough for their products to make a profit. I am not rich, but I value the content enough to have spent a large part of my income over the past 13 years or so. I have joy in my heart in knowing that it's a fair exchange. You may disagree, but for me, Faithlife adds so much value to the resources. 

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 16 2019 8:21 AM

Kendall Sholtess:
  As long as I have known Faithlife they have been for profit.

I understand that laws & regulations around sales tax are different on at least a state-by-state level in the US and still different for other countries (I'm not even sure if non-profits are exempt from that) - and seemingly they all keep changing towards more and more pressure on online retailers to collect sales taxes from more and more customers. So I'd expect any changes in this area to be due to a change of regulation or enforcement that now includes FL as well as the OP, based on legal requirements that are binding on FL. Sad to see it makes things more expensive for customers (and we are not talking about things one even could buy in a brick-and-mortar store anymore) 

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 16 2019 8:25 AM

Joe Griffin:

I guess there must have been some change that happened like changing status from being a non-profit to a C-corp. 

I guess you don't shop ... non-profits also charge sales tax ... depends.

And the taxation is legally demanded (remember that pesky Christian-thing about being lawful). It's state-specific, even county/city. The 'rub' is the web, whether taxed, and the product (an educational presentation). If FL errs (easily), they have to cough up the money going backwards. They tend to be risk-averse.

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If one wanted to be frustrated, the whole subject of web taxation is up for grabs. In our little burg, the municipality is happy as peas in a pod ... even though we barely have a grocery store, the city is raking in consumption taxes on Logos, Amazon, and any other scared web retailer. Woo-hoo!


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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 16 2019 12:11 PM

Joe Griffin:

I guess there must have been some change that happened like changing status from being a non-profit to a C-corp. 

As has been mentioned, FL collects taxes where they are require to do so by law. Which state/country do you live?

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Joe Griffin | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 16 2019 1:09 PM

I understand the tax laws but the main reason I was asking is that I have been using Mobile Ed for over two years at $49 per month and only in the last month did they start charging me for it. 

Thanks to all who replied. 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 16 2019 1:23 PM

Joe Griffin:
only in the last month did they start charging me for it.

Which means that there have been changes in your jurisdiction, or changes in FL's status in your jurisdiction. For example: I did not pay tax on Amazon purchases until they built a physical presence in my state. 

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Myke Harbuck | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 16 2019 1:31 PM

JT (alabama24):

Joe Griffin:
only in the last month did they start charging me for it.

Which means that there have been changes in your jurisdiction, or changes in FL's status in your jurisdiction. 

Exactly right. More and more states are pushing to establish nexus (sales tax taxing authority) from retailers from other states (which would include online retailers) in order to increase state revenue. Recent Supreme Court rulings have increased the power of the states to establish nexus in situations where they could not before. Expect to pay sales tax in more scenarios as the Supreme Court case implications trickle down to local and online retailers. It's just they way things are going to be. Sorry.

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