By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant
US subscribers, does your home state have a "use tax
"? Essentially this is a sales tax on non-exempt items or services purchased out of state. Better find out if you have taxidermy done outside of your state. Subscriber John Conti, a Massachusetts resident, was unaware of potential use taxes on taxidermy work done out of state - until he got hit with a bill. In a report he sent us recently, he writes: "In September 2003 I hunted brown bear in Alaska (see report 3724
). After the hunt, I had my bear shipped to the taxidermist in BC with all the proper paperwork. The work was completed in 2006 and shipped to me with no problems-or so I thought. Then, on May 23, 2012, I received a bill from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for back taxes on the taxidermy work, plus six years of interest and a late penalty fee, for a grand total of $333.27. I fought the charge and lost. I'm advising fellow subscribers to be aware of this potential problem.....