We’ve been hearing from many Amazon FBA sellers who have received a California sales tax letter from the CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA).

How should you respond?

As always, we do recommend that you seek professional advice from a tax attorney. Just email us at [email protected]

On November 1 2017, the California board of equalization member, Fiona Ma, delivered a letter to the CA Governor’s office requesting that the Governor “request Amazon to assess/collect/remit sales tax on ALL of the FBA retailers who are fulfilling orders with Amazon in the State of California.”

Click to view Fiona Ma’s letter to the CA Governor

Accompanying Ms. Ma’s letter was a letter by me (State Tax Counsel, Paul Rafelson) on behalf of marketplace sellers, reiterating the need for Marketplaces to be required to collect CA sales tax on all sales.

Click to view Paul Rafelson’s letter to the CA Governor

What does this have to do with responding to California Sales Tax letters?

Based on these letters, we’ve put together a template for Amazon FBA sellers, as a starting point for their response to California sales tax letters. This is how I would respond if I received a letter from CA. We recommend getting expert advice as each individual situation is different.
I would send the letters by certified mail to:

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
3321 Power Inn Rd – Ste 130
Sacramento, CA 95826-3893
And send a second copy by certified mail to:

Keely Martin Bosler
Cabinet Secretary
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Claim your copy of the CA sales tax letter response template

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Published On: April 18th, 2018 / Categories: ADDITIONAL TAX LAW INSIGHTS /