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http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id ... _article=1
After making a sales clerk rewrite a bill for earrings to save $4 in sales tax, she reportedly said: "That's how the rich get richer." Her lawyers suggested that the government came after her to make an example of someone with high visibility.
Was reading the drudgereport today, and saw the quote above. How does one save 4 dollars according to the way the sales receipt is written? I assume they must have been expensive earings and such. But if I can save sales tax somehow, say buying a car, or whatever, depending on how the receipt is written, I would like to know how.
Of course, she did end up going to jail for 21 months for tax evasion. But I would still like to know what they are referring to. Anyone have any ideas what it could be?
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In some (all?) states, certain items are exempt from the sales tax, so she may have made the clerk indicate that she purchased something else that was tax-exempt. An example: In PA, clothing, including shoes, is exempt from the sales tax. Golf shoes, however, are not tax-exempt, so if the recepit simply said "Shoes" rather than "Golf shoes", that would make a taxable purchase become tax-exempt.
I'm sure there are lots of other examples that folks could come up with.
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In TX, tax exempt organizations do not have to pay Texas sales tax if proper documentation is presented at the time of sale. Maybe she ran it thru a tax exempt organization that she was a part of.
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