B&H customers certainly appreciated that other than New York and New Jersey, it did not charge sales tax on purchases made online. That’s ending gradually, though, and the latest state to lose that tax-free status is California. The retailer has confirmed that it will start charging sales tax in California from April 1st.


It was only a matter of time before this decision was taken. The end of its long tax-free status for most states across the country ended in December last year when B&H started collecting taxes on purchases from 22 states. It has now yanked the exemption previously enjoyed by California.

B&H charged sales tax in New York and New Jersey because it only had a physical presence there. The retailer was required to charge sales tax in additional states following the verdict in the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc Supreme Court case.

“As you may know, based on a June 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, California is now requiring out of state sellers to collect sales tax. As a result, B&H will begin to collect sales tax on shipments to California on April 1st,” the company said.

Customers in California who have been eyeing something on B&H should go ahead and purchase it because it will be tax-free as of now. This exemption will be taken away on April 1st so customers have until then to make tax-free purchases through B&H.

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