If you buy items over the Internet or by catalog and the company doesn’t charge you sales tax, you still owe it. That’s the warning from Ohio’s Tax Commissioner Joe Testa. Test discusses how to stay legal in this interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen.
Testa: “It’s the purchasers responsibility to pay the goods tax. If they don’t when the purchases are made, we recommend they keep track of those purchases throughout the year and calculate it on their personal income tax returns at the end of the year and pay it at that time”
One argument for making sure that all purchases include a sales tax is that if internet and catalog sales go un-taxed, they have an unfair advantage over “brick and mortar” stores.