You may have recently heard from other online retailers about the new sales tax laws that are being enacted nationwide requiring sales tax be charged for all online orders. Each online retailer must collect the applicable sales tax for the state, city, or county to which the order is being shipped. In the past, we were required to charge sales tax only for purchases shipping within New York State, where Metropolis has a physical presence, but this new law requires all internet businesses to charge the applicable tax rate regardless of their home state or city.
We understand this additional cost is not welcome, but unfortunately, this is the law as set forth by the Supreme Court ruling in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case. In other words, due to the Wayfair ruling, even if the merchant does not have a physical presence in a state, and the seller passes the state’s economic threshold for total revenue or number of transactions in that state, the seller is legally obligated to collect and remit sales tax to that state. Obviously, we are legally bound to comply with this ruling.
We are currently working on a new and vastly improved inventory and web commerce software to provide not only improved features on our sites, but also an improved customer experience and one which will comply with these newly enacted laws. Until our new site is ready in early 2019, we’ll be applying sales tax to web orders after receiving them from our site, while orders placed directly with us by phone or email will have the applicable sales tax added while we take your order. The tax rate is determined by the shipping address and the new total including the applicable tax that was charged will be emailed to you when your items are ready to be shipped.
All sales are subject to all applicable state and local taxes unless a properly completed state issued resale certificate is physically on file with Metropolis prior to a purchase. If you have an applicable certificate please email [email protected], fax: 212-260-4304 or mail it to our office:
36 W 37 ST, Fl. 6
New York, NY 10018
At this time, we are required by law to collect sales tax on orders shipped to CA, IL, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, and WA. This information is subject to change as new state laws are enacted. Please check back for updates.
We appreciate your patience and loyalty and continued patronage and strive to make this change as painless and smooth as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling us at toll free 1-800-229-6387 or 212-260-4147.