Originally Posted by timelady
Also, some allow you to work like Candy has said but some states specifically do not let you work that way - apparently you have to disclose the tax rate or something.
People do that here as well, simply write "tax included" on the receipt. I've been told that isn't acceptable and that one must show the tax. We are also required to post our permit in a visible place. But as Tina mentioned, this may vary from State to State.
My solution (because I don't want to deal with coins) is to label all work with the final price, -an even amount. I keep a list with my receipt book that shows the actual price of the piece before tax which I have figured out beforehand. By looking on the list I can see the item labeled final price $445.00 for instance is actually $419.81 plus $25.19 tax. That will be how I write the receipt, showing the tax, and coming to my total of $445.00.
It makes for some strange base prices, but my customers don't seem to mind. The only comments I've had on this practice so far have been positive ones.
Up here, we have had the State people come around (On weekends) checking for compliance. They've made people show their permits or pack up and go. Lots of unhappy campers!