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Old 04-03-2012, 9:36 AM
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My local FFL that I've been dealing always offers me a chance to pay the tax by ourself if we have a purchase from outside state FFL. All we need to do is sign a statement to do so.

Is this doable/legal to do so from the FFL standpoint?
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Problem with that is the BOE is holding the dealer responsible for paying the sales tax, not you.
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I see, so from FFL standpoint: better collect them than sorry. Good to know this, thanks.
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So... last time I transfered a FREE glock - won at a GSSF match, was the FFL correct to collect sales tax or not? It ended up being a pretty expensive FREE gun.
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So... last time I transfered a FREE glock - won at a GSSF match, was the FFL correct to collect sales tax or not? It ended up being a pretty expensive FREE gun.
Probably not. Start at post #7 in this thread. There is some specific information starting there.
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My local FFL that I've been dealing always offers me a chance to pay the tax by ourself if we have a purchase from outside state FFL. All we need to do is sign a statement to do so.

Is this doable/legal to do so from the FFL standpoint?
The BOE rules says that the FFL has to pay, so, no, it can not be done that way. I am pretty sure that it would not fly with the BOE and the FFL would still be in trouble.
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So... last time I transfered a FREE glock - won at a GSSF match, was the FFL correct to collect sales tax or not? It ended up being a pretty expensive FREE gun.
No, it was not correct. The person giving the gift was responsible for paying sales tax, not you, if they gave it within CA.
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Glock are not located in CA.
If you get any upgrades on the free gun, the do collect sales tax on that.
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The BOE rules says that the FFL has to pay, so, no, it can not be done that way. I am pretty sure that it would not fly with the BOE and the FFL would still be in trouble.
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There are strange issues with sales tax and gifts. If the gift is shipped from out of state, then sales tax would not be due. If the company brought it to CA, then they would owe the tax.
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Ughhh These tax rules are a bigger pain than gun rules.

So I dont collect tax on prize guns? I only collect taxes on the upgrades?


Ok, how about really expensive firearms that are delivered with an invoice with a value that is negated by an advertising payment?
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Ughhh These tax rules are a bigger pain than gun rules.

So I dont collect tax on prize guns? I only collect taxes on the upgrades?


Ok, how about really expensive firearms that are delivered with an invoice with a value that is negated by an advertising payment?
Not sure what an "advertising payment" is but remember the BOE is holding the you responsible for the tax.

Here is a thread that may help.

A "bartered" agreement does not relieve you from the tax, I don't believe.
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You are correct about the sales tax issues being a bigger pain, especially when the laws don't change, but the BOE's view changes, such as when the you have a letter saying that sales tax should not be collected on private sales from out of state, then now gives bogus reasons as to why you have to collect sales tax. So far I have only talk of legal action with regards to this.

As said the BOE holds you responsible, even if you have false documents stating another price that was paid. It is not worth the risk, which is why I have a policy to stop the transfer in such cases, as well as saying that they lose all rights to the firearm (let them argue that in court). Personally, I would give an opportunity to correct the price and if it does not seem reasonable, I would not do the transfer and I would not ship it to another CA FFL since you would still be considered responsible for the sales tax. There is also the issue of shipping it back knowing that they will try this scam on another FFL.

Correct, a barter is still subject to sales tax on the full value of the firearm, which can be difficult, so it is best to have an actual price.
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In this specific case I sponsor this person in 3Gun so he won't see the taxes.. but I may pay them anyway.

I'll read the other thread. Thanks for the link!!
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I found some info from the BOE Faq.

Barters ( what I see in this invoice)
8.Are barters and exchanges taxable?
Yes. The use of barter or exchanges is considered the same as making sales or purchases under the Sales and Use Tax Laws. The fair market value of the property or services received is normally the amount to which tax will apply.

For example, assume that you are a retailer of electronic equipment and owe $500 for dental care. In place of cash, you provide a television set from your inventory as full payment. The transaction is considered a taxable sale, and you must report and pay tax based on the $500.



No I need to find the prize specific info.. I do a lot of Glock prize transfers.
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How about:

http://www.boe.ca.gov/lawguides/busi...sutr/1670.html

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Regulation 1670. Gifts, Marketing Aids, Premiums and Prizes.
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(a) GIFTS. Persons who make gifts of property to others are the consumers of the property and the tax applies with respect to the sale of the property to such persons.
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(d) PRIZES. The operator of a game who delivers a prize to each customer is regarded as the retailer of the merchandise delivered as prizes, and the tax applies to the operator's total gross receipts. The awarding of such prizes is not regarded as dependent upon chance or skill, inasmuch as the customer for each game played is certain to receive a prize. Similarly, the tax applies to the entire receipts from operators of "grab bag" concessions by which the customer always receives some tangible personal property. If the prize consists of a food product, the tax does not apply.
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Old 04-06-2012, 6:17 AM
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Jees I want to call my lawyer for a translation.

I think thats saying Glock is on the hook for the taxes becasue it's part of their gross reciepts.

I never thought I was going to need a course in Latin to sell guns..

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Yes, but if the person/company who gives the gift is outside of CA and it is shipped to CA, then it is a different issue and I don't think that sales tax is due. If the person/company brings the item to CA, then sales tax is due.

It is a mess.
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Glock is supposed to be sending mne something in the mail about their prize guns.
If the info is any good, I will scan and post it.
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The BOE response to what sales tax to collect on penny auction sites:

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In your email you state you are a California Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) gun dealer and you have a question about sales made through the website, bidgunner.com. You explained that people purchase bids from the website and then use these bids on items they want to purchase. The site noted that the average bid cost is $0.65 and when a bid is placed the price of the item being auctioned goes up by $0.01. There are also other bidders and other types of “auctions.”

Specifically you asked what should the California sales tax be based on for firearms purchased through bidgunner.com’s website when they are shipped to you for registration and delivery to the purchaser, the purchase price? the total the person paid to purchase the product? or the retail value of the firearm?


Below is information from the bidgunner.com website:

“Welcome to Bidgunner.com,*an exciting new*online*penny auction site dedicated to offering firearms and outdoor sporting equipment at deeply discounted prices. All firearms are shipped from a Federal Firearms Licensee ("FFL") to a local FFL near you.* Further, the local FFL will require you to complete the normal paperwork ATF Form 4473 and complete an NICS E-check online to verify that you are eligible to own a firearm.** Bids are on average 65 cents on our most popular and larger packages and slightly higher for smaller bid packs.* Packs range between 30 and 500 bid packs. Remember, though, that each bid you place is a bid you've purchased.”**

Per bidgunner’s website, in order to participate in the auction, users must first purchase bids which are sold in packages. These bids are spent on the auctions. Once an auction has been won, the auctioneer (bidgunner.com) collects the auction price of the item (final bid) in addition to the monies already collected from the pre-purchased bids placed during the auction.

RTC section 6012 defines “Gross receipts” to mean the total amount of the sale or lease or rental price, as the case may be, of the retail sales of retailers, valued in money, whether received in money or otherwise, without any deduction on account of any of the following:

The cost of the property sold.
The cost of the materials used, labor or service cost, interest paid, losses, or any other expense.
The cost of transportation of the property, except as excluded by other provisions of this section.

The total amount of the sale or lease or rental price includes all of the following:

Any services that are a part of the sale.
All receipts, cash, credits and property of any kind.
Any amount for which credit is allowed by the seller to the purchaser.

Therefore, in accordance with the above citation, for products being auctioned at these type of “penny auctions,” sales tax is due on the total amount received by the auctioneer for all the bids placed plus the amount of the final auction price (winning bid) for the product. Basically, bidgunner.com receives payment for the product in the form of the final auction price plus the amount of all bids placed for the specific product being auctioned. Thus, in most instances, allowing bidgunner.com the ability to provide their products to the final bidder for lower prices.

As these are penny auctions, the bidding starts at $0.00 and goes up by a penny each time a bid is placed and bids cost on average $.65. As an example, assume the winning bid for a firearm on bidgunner’s website was $7.00, therefore there were 700 bids placed which were purchased for $.65 each. Thus, the site collected $455 (700 x $.65) in pre-sold bids. Accordingly, in this example the gross receipts subject to tax would be $462 ($455 plus the final purchase price of $7.00).
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Update for sales tax from an out of state private party sale of a C&R handgun to a CA resident with a C&R FFL.

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In a transaction where an out-of-state private party sells a C&R firearm to a California resident who has a C&R FFL and the firearm is shipped to a California FFL dealer who only completes the paperwork and registration for the California purchaser, the transaction may be considered an exempt occasional sale provided the out-of-state private party seller and in-state purchaser with a C&R FFL agreed to the sale of the C&R firearm without any assistance from the California FFL dealer (i.e., the California FFL simply registers the firearm without taking title to it at any time). The California FFL dealer would not be considered the retailer and would not be responsible for the tax. Thus, the sale of a firearm by an out-of-state private party to a resident of California who holds a C&R FFL may be an exempt occasional sale when the sale is made through a California FFL firearm dealer as explained above.

Please note that in a transaction involving a C&R firearm it is our understanding that there is no Federal law which requires the firearm to be licensed through a California FFL dealer. Rather it is a California law that requires the firearm to be licensed through a California FFL dealer. Based on these assumptions it is possible for the transaction to qualify as an occasional sale as explained above.

On the contrary, in a transaction involving a regular firearm (i.e. not a C&R firearm) when a California FFL dealer completes the registration paperwork and delivers a firearm to a California purchaser for an out-of-state private party seller or an out-of-state retailer not registered with the BOE as a retailer engaged in business in this state, it is presumed that the California FFL dealer is the retailer of the firearm. This is due to the fact that by operation of Federal law, only the California FFL dealer possessing the firearm has power to cause title to the property to transfer to the purchaser.
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This is due to the fact that by operation of Federal law, only the California FFL dealer possessing the firearm has power to cause title to the property to transfer to the purchaser.
That is not the justification they used last time for taxing out-of-state occasional sales. Last time they claimed it was due to the (reworded) "drop shipment" rule. They are real gems.

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That is not the justification they used last time for taxing out-of-state occasional sales. Last time they claimed it was due to the (reworded) "drop shipment" rule. They are real gems.

But thanks for the info.
Actually, that is the words that was used in the response to me, that Federal law required that it go through a FFL, so it had to be taxed. It does not really make sense since Federal law has nothing to do with the CA sales tax law, but that is how they are demanding money. In the case of C&R handguns and C&R FFL holders, there is no Federal requirement, so that causes an issue, which the result is that it may be sales tax exempt (it is not unlimited).
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Other than this thread what can I show a dealer to keep from getting taxed? I purchased a firearm from gunbroker from a private party. I have a bill of sale, and the shipping is on a separate invoice. The FFL I'm using here demanded it be shipped from an FFL, and they're using that to say that they need to tax my purchase.
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Other than this thread what can I show a dealer to keep from getting taxed? I purchased a firearm from gunbroker from a private party. I have a bill of sale, and the shipping is on a separate invoice. The FFL I'm using here demanded it be shipped from an FFL, and they're using that to say that they need to tax my purchase.
Is the firearm coming from outside of CA?

Is the firearm a C&R handgun?

Do you have a C&R FFL and CA DOJ COE?

All modern firearms coming from out of state are subject to sales tax due to recent CA BOE changes. This includes the shipping (total cost with everything).

The FFL can require that it be shipped from a FFL. It is not the law, but just the rules of the FFL. If you don't like it, then find another FFL. The sales tax has nothing to do with whether a FFL ships it or not, it has to do with the CA BOE.

Firearms from inside CA are not subject to sales tax if it is coming from a private party, is an occasional sale and not coming from a business (as I understand it, a private party can use a FFL to ship it and that is not considered coming from a business). If all three are not true, then it is subject to sales tax.
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Is the firearm coming from outside of CA?

Is the firearm a C&R handgun?

Do you have a C&R FFL and CA DOJ COE?

All modern firearms coming from out of state are subject to sales tax due to recent CA BOE changes. This includes the shipping (total cost with everything).

The FFL can require that it be shipped from a FFL. It is not the law, but just the rules of the FFL. If you don't like it, then find another FFL. The sales tax has nothing to do with whether a FFL ships it or not, it has to do with the CA BOE.

Firearms from inside CA are not subject to sales tax if it is coming from a private party, is an occasional sale and not coming from a business (as I understand it, a private party can use a FFL to ship it and that is not considered coming from a business). If all three are not true, then it is subject to sales tax.
1. The gun is coming from out of state.

2. Is is not a C&R, so as you stated being a modern handgun it is subject to tax. (So basically the beginning of this thread is no longer valid, which sucks.

3. I do have my 03 FFL, and COE, but that is a mute point.
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The BOE changed their view at the end of 2011, although the law did not change.
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The BOE changed their view at the end of 2011, although the law did not change.
I still have an old letter stating I do not have to pay sales tax on out of state private sales. What should I do?

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I had a letter too and asked a question and was told that the old letter does not apply anymore.

So, you can keep using the old letter since they have not officially told you that it no longer applies and they should have a record that they sent it to you, but their recent letter could be viewed as a change and they might still hold you accountable for the sales tax money.

Personally, I would collect the sales tax since it is not worth the risk. It would be nice to get someone to go after the BOE for this change of view.
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It appears in the tax world, old letters don't mean much. It might be time to start collecting sales tax on all of my out of state transfers (except C&R).
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I suspect that the old letter would protect you, UNLESS it can be shown that you were informed of the new changes, but you can still have problems due to that. Part of the problem is that this forum can be used to show that you were informed of the change.

The BOE should be required to inform businesses of "changes", especially when the law does not change, only their view. I have to wonder if their view would be upheld since the law does not specify the things that they are claiming, but the bottom line is that the risk is not worth it.

The whole thing is a mess.
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The whole thing is a mess.

One more rediculous hurdle for Ca firearms dealers and consumers.
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So my FFL just received my Front Sight "free" gun offer that included an invoice showing an MSRP of $540. Am I required to pay sales tax even though it was a free offer and no purchase transaction took place?
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As I understand it, it is a gift, which is not subject to sales tax. I think that Front Site has some documentation on that aspect that they can give to your FFL.
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So what about intrafamilial transfers from out of state. They are a gift, but they would be taxable since the BOE considers me the retailer correct?
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Gifts are not taxable.
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Gifts are not taxable.
Gifts are taxable by the purchaser.

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So if the gift has to go through my store, who is the purchaser? Further, again the state doesn't care who pays the sales tax, only that I collect and remit it. I think I am going to have to e-mail them.
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I previously asked the question with regards to sales tax for a gift coming from out of state and the BOE responded that CA sales tax was not due.

The buyer would be responsible for the sales tax where it was purchased. In the case of donations, such as for an event, sales tax would not be due UNLESS the item is personally delivered to CA. If it was shipped, then CA sales tax would not be due.
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Soooo, after a few hours and the overwhemling desire to slam my head on my desk a few times, I have one question.

Example: I am shipped a gun for dros etc purchased by my customer from an out of state dealer. I really don't see the 'issue' that some dealers have with this. Takes 10 minutes to compare serial numbers/ check the roster/A&D it and pop it in my safe. Anyway... The above mentioned customer comes in for dros etc assuming the firearm is exactly what he expected etc. Now, I go to ring up his 'sale'. How do I show the invoiced price to tax?

My thoughts: Put that gun in my system for the price he paid making it taxable, then discount that amount? I need to show in my system that he paid the tax but obviously I didn't take in those monies.
or do I simply calculate the tax amount and enter it as an 'extra' charge?

I agree with the majority here, this one issue regarding the BOE is more 'difficult' to interpret than our Cali gun laws.
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