Many of you in the U.S. have probably noticed that several of the larger online retailers are now suddenly charging sales tax to out-of-state buyers where they had not been before. This is apparently due to a Supreme Court ruling regarding internet sales and has caused most of the larger retailers such as MidwayUSA, Brownells, Natchez, etc… to start charging everyone sales tax on orders for ammo, or anything. The retailers are saying that Jan 1st 2019 was when they felt they needed to be in compliance “just in case” there is an issue, and basically they are just afraid of getting an IRS audit in which the auditor could look at all of the states which apply and deem them delinquent if they can’t prove having collected sales tax. This applies to those states which have a “Sales & Use tax” of a certain sort, which is at least half of them.
There is a handy list showing which states are affected: https://www.outdoorlimited.com/sales-tax/
I have noticed that not all websites are bothering to do this at all, such as TargetsportsUSA, or SGAmmo (good for them!), but an equivalent mid-size website like Outdoorlimited does, as of just recently. I am fortunate in having a retail license and resale certificate that I can usually forward this on to the retailer and have the tax nullified. I have also noticed that this is very inconsistent as of yet, with some websites collecting from every state regardless of their tax status, while other websites apply the tax only to those on the list above which require it. Most all of the smaller / older ammo & gun-oriented websites however, still collect nothing other than their own state’s tax, as was always the case.