cust refused to pay state tax

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by flam41, May 11, 2004.

  1. flam41

    flam41 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    was mowing this week & cust came out & freaked out on me ( first cut since bills went out) about she had never had to pay tax & neither had her friends.
    so I explained how most people do this under table & on & on about all the reasons I had to collect. then she said & mow to often(weekly) & i was to high (25$$$)
    when she got the price list it states I collect tax.
    needless to say she called & cancelled, and it made me very happy.
    any one else loose one because you were legal?:D
  2. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 331

    unfortunatly far too many in our industry take cash and are not legal
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    We've never actually lost one because we collect sales tax, but we frequently get people offering to pay us cash so they don't have to pay the tax. We explain that we can't do that, they initially aren't happy, but they soon adjust to paying the tax.
  4. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 678

    Tell them to call their congressman not complain to you. Tell them you aren't going to prison so they don't have to pay their "fair share."
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Good one park...more than once I've had to say I'm to old to be someone's girlfriend in the Greybar Hotel.
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    Boy am I glad there is no sales tax in Oregon. Makes math very easy.
  7. Florida 5 Star

    Florida 5 Star LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 92

    Question posed to you ask yourself are you providing a service??
    If so you might be exempt from collecting the tax in most states a service is exempt however products that you supply ie fert and plant ets are not exempt.
  8. flam41

    flam41 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    it is very clear that texas requires us to collect
    if there is profit to be had ol sam houstin will get it.
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I am glad that we don't have to collect a service tax
  10. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    Actually you should only be collecting a tax if you make over $5000 per quarter in TX, at least I think that is the number anyway.

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