Why does Rise Vision charge sales tax in every state?

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I browsed the store and find that I have to pay sales tax in all the states. Why is that? TIA
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Hello, we charge and remit all applicable sales tax as required by each state in the United States and province and territory in Canada. Thanks
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Thanks Brian. I just find it odd because companies in the US only charge sales tax in the state they are located in. My problem is, is that I'm setting up players in various states and I can't get a seller's permit for all those states.
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I haven't received a response yet. I'm not sure where RV is located but to charge sales tax per state is not correct because counties within a state charge different percentages. I'll appreciate some feedback on this. TIA :)
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Hello, sorry for the delay. Sales tax is calculated and charged based on the Ship-To address of the purchase and the amount charged will include all state, county, and local taxes as required by law. Thanks
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Hi Brian, sorry for hammering on this issue, but there is no law to charge an internet sales tax if you're not located, as a business, in that specific state. (The feds and states are still trying to implement this law to charge an internet sales tax) Even Amazon and eBay sellers don't charge sales tax, per state, where ever they ship their products. RV is an internet business! Yes, they do charge internet sales tax in the state where their business is located. 
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No worries. Unfortunately its not that black and white and legislation varies by State, not just on the Federal level, and is ever changing. The generally accepted position is that if a business is providing a product or service to a State it is considered to have nexus and therefore is liable for collection and remittance of sales tax to that State regardless of where the business is located. Our policy in the Store is to collect and remit sales tax for each State. Thanks
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If your business has a physical presence in a state, such as a store, office or warehouse, you must collect applicable state and local sales tax from your customers. If you do not have a presence in a particular state, you are not required to collect sales taxes.
In legal terms, this physical presence is known as a "nexus." Each state defines nexus differently, but all agree that if you have a store or office of some sort, a nexus exists. If you are uncertain whether or not your business qualifies as a physical presence, contact your state's revenue agency. If you do not have a physical presence in a state, you are not required to collect sales taxes from customers in that state.
https://www.sba.gov/content/collecting-sales-tax-over-internet

There you have it! For those, like me, who would like to set up multiple signage throughout the USA, it will really help if you consider your position of charging sales tax in each and every state.
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We spend a large amount of money for a service to calculate and remit all of the sales tax to each state as a result of consulting with sales tax lawyers on our liability to pay those taxes to the state. If we didn't charge sales tax we would both be saving money but unfortunately we have the liability of paying those taxes or potential litigation costs if we don't which is incredibly expensive. And as I mentioned before its not as black and white as you put it, when the State comes asking for sales tax remittance claiming we have nexus its not as simple referring them to the sba.gov website and telling them we aren't liable. 

So I would hope you can understand that we absorb all this risk and cost to provide our product and services to you, most of which are free. I'm sure there are other Companies out there that can provide you a service and are taking the risk of not collecting sales tax.

Thanks 
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Nexus, also called, “sufficient physical presence,” which RV doesn't have in each state. It's a pity that RV has been told that you HAVE to charge sales tax in each state because there is no such law in the USA. The website I referred to is a government website. Millions of companies do not charge sales tax outside their 'state location' and they're not breaking any laws. I appreciate the free service, but I could've passed the 'sales tax' savings on to my customers... (I wanted to support RV by buying the players and not from somewhere else without the sales tax)