Originally Posted by Particle
The fee FedEx charges is a handling fee. If you read your invoice, you'll see that in the fine print it says that it's not to pay for tax, duty, or customs. It's just a fee FedEx is charging you for having moved it through customs. They assess it based on the declared value of the merchandise. Is it a tax? Effectively yes, but it's levied by FedEx for FedEx, not the state.
If I understand that correctly...
It means FedEx pays the tax on your behalf, then turns around and then charges you a fee for the courtesy of doing so... often larger than the actual tax paid. And calls it a "fee" so as to get around the fact that they're making money on paying tax/custom/fees.... At least, that's my own conspiracist theory. Which depressingly makes a lot of business sense
I know that on *another* purchase I made, this one through DHL, they charged me both the sales tax ($40), and their own customs fee ($10 on top of that).
Originally Posted by junkrok
In the US sales tax is collected at a state level. In each state there are varying laws (some states have zero sales tax). In california, for example, sales tax must be collected at the point of sale if the retailer has a brick and mortar (aka sales presence) in the state, otherwise it is up to the buyer to pay their sales tax at the end of the year (which no one does).
Like I said, OP would just need to read his invoice to confirm...
I see. I still don't see why that means that FedEx doesn't collect sales tax, ever. It just seems entirely too coincidental that the fee is exactly equivalent to 7.5% of the (common) purchase price of a Qnix, when the item in question is in fact a Qnix monitor, on which no tax has been paid (but ought to have been paid).