Do you sometimes think your accountant is a wee bit obsessive about everything tax? Well, how does he or she compare to Fred Miller?
Miller, a Kalamazoo, MI, certified public accountant, was surprised when the clerk at the Portage, MI, Barnes & Noble rang up a 6 percent state sales tax on his purchase of Money magazine. The reason for his shock: The tax shouldn't have been levied.
Michigan officials agree with Miller.
Michigan Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton told the Gazette that any publication that qualifies for periodical postage, a lower postage rate charged for delivering magazines and newspapers, is exempt from sales tax.
The store manager told the newspaper that before "the holidays" B&N officials told them that laws were changing and that the store was supposed to begin charging sales tax on periodicals. A spokeswoman for the company said she was looking into the issue.
It's unclear what might happen to the erroneously collected sales tax amounts or the retailer that improperly collected the tax.
And what about the CPA who discovered the incorrect tax charge?
"The issue isn't the sales tax I paid," Miller told the Gazette. "The issue is I'd like to know what's going on so they're doing it right."