I Bought a Taxable Item and the Seller Didn’t Charge Sales Tax. Do I Have to Pay the Tax Anyway?
If you purchase a taxable item and the seller did not charge sales tax, you are obligated to pay use tax to the state where the item is used. Use tax is complementary to sales tax. If sales tax is not charged on the sale of a taxable item, then use tax is due. If sales tax is charged, then use tax is not due.
Looking for more information? Check out the following resources:
- Visit our What is the difference between sales tax and use tax? FAQ
- Visit our If you don’t have nexus and don’t charge sales tax, are you liable if the customer does not pay the tax? FAQ
- Learn essential sales and use tax concepts with our Sales Tax 101 webinar on-demand