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.


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