Amazon Alerting Customers About Sales Tax Owed to South Carolina? Is This Real?
I just got the following.
Hello from Amazon.com,
As you may or may not be aware Amazon.com LLC is not required to collect sales or use taxes in all states, including the state of South Carolina.
The South Carolina Department of Revenue requires us to provide the following notice to you:
You may owe South Carolina use tax on purchases you made from Amazon.com LLC during the previous calendar year. The amount of tax you may owe is based on the total sales price of the items you purchased during the previous calendar year. The total sales price of only purchases you had shipped to South Carolina in 2011 was $136.42. This is the amount that you may include on your South Carolina income tax return to calculate the appropriate use tax owed unless you have already paid the tax.
While Amazon.com LLC does not report this information directly to the state of South Carolina we are required to provide this information to you based on South Carolina law Section 12-36-2691(E)(3).
As purchases from Amazon.com LLC can be made through various sales channels, we have included directly below your breakdown of purchases from the various channels.
Total sales from www.amazon.com $136.42
Please note the following:
The total sales represent all orders that were shipped to South Carolina during 2011.
Your purchases are subject to use tax unless an exemption exists under state law or you have already paid the tax.
A sale is not exempt under state law because it is made through the internet.
This information should not be used for any federal income tax reporting purposes.
We are required to provide this notice in accordance with South Carolina law Section 12-36-2691(E)(3).
Notifications were sent to customers that had purchases delivered to South Carolina. If you are not a resident of South Carolina, the most common reason for receiving this notification is that you may have sent a gift to a recipient in the state.
In addition, the South Carolina Department of Revenue requires us to provide you with the following links that you can use to get more information and pay any taxes due:
Use Tax Page: http://www.sctax.org/Tax+Information...
How Do I Pay my Bill: http://www.sctax.org/Tax+Information...
For more information you may also view our South Carolina Use Tax Notification Page at:
There are news articles on it. It seems legit. It also seems insane.
We sent gifts to family in SC using Amazon. Won't be doing that again.