Tax Commission News Release
Use tax payment required on Internet, other untaxed purchases
BOISE, IDAHO — March 6, 2014 — If you’re gathering information to file your 2013 Idaho individual income tax return, don’t forget those untaxed purchases you made last year. If you don’t pay sales tax when you buy merchandise, you owe a 6 percent use tax if the goods are used, given away, stored, or consumed in Idaho.
For example, when shoppers buy goods on the Internet, by telephone, or from a mail-order catalog, sellers generally won’t charge sales tax if they’re not Idaho retailers. The shoppers are responsible for paying tax directly to the Idaho State Tax Commission. And those who buy merchandise in a state where no sales tax is charged – such as Oregon or Montana – owe use tax if they bring the goods into Idaho.
Check your invoices or receipts to see whether sales tax was collected on the following types of purchases:
- Merchandise bought over the Internet (including digital music, movies, books, games, etc.)
- Magazine subscriptions
- Book and record clubs
- Catalog purchases
- Purchases in a state where no sales tax is charged (e.g., Oregon, Montana)
If sales tax wasn’t collected, Idaho makes it easy for you to pay your use tax when you file your annual income tax return, which is due by April 15. Simply total your untaxed purchases, multiply that total by .06, and enter that amount (rounded to the nearest dollar) on the appropriate line of your income tax return (see below):
- Full-year residents who file Form 40 (Idaho Individual Income Tax Return) can pay their use tax on line 28 of the tax return.
- Part-year residents can pay use tax on line 48 of Form 43 (Idaho Part-Year Resident & Nonresident Income Tax Return).
It’s estimated that Idaho is losing about $46.4 million a year in revenue because of unpaid use tax from online sales. Last year, just over 9,600 Idahoans paid use tax totaling more than $544,000 with their 2012 income tax returns.
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