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CT – Flea Market sellers, etc.

Posted by salestax on July 8, 2008

In June, CT posted this to their website.  They are requiring that if you make sales of any kind in Connecticut for any amount of time, then you must register and obtain a sellers permit before doing so.  I’m guessing that this excludes yard sales, but they don’t define that here.

A permit will cost you $50 and then you have to collect (or pay yourself) sales tax, if applicable,  from your customers on what they buy and sent it to the state.  You have to do this on a regular basis as long as your permit is still open or valid. 

I guess you could cancel your permit once you’re done selling at the Trade show or Flea Market, but what if you go there 2X or maybe 3X/year, then you’ll be paying $50 each time.  Not to mention, but these types of vendors typically don’t keep track of the sales tax laws in Connecticut.  Oh what a windfall CT could expect.  A whole bunch of over-collected and remitted sales tax.  I’m sure this was their intent.  I wonder what the expected increase to the state budget is on this new rule? 

The only state I know of that is worse then this is TX.  They don’t even care if you sell or not.  One day in state with products or a booth of any kind pulls you in to being a TX tax collector on any subsequent sales you make in that state after visiting there.

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