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Writing – Selling your printed books yourself.


From Junior Journalist to Mystery Writer

If you finally have your book in hand whether hardcover or trade paperback, however published, you might plan a book signing.  If you have a signing where you have your books for sale, like at a fund raiser or book fair, and it is not a retail establishment that has its own sale tax license, you are liable for collecting the tax if your state has sales tax.

I am in Florida, and our sales tax is required to be collected and paid to the state.  To be sure I was responsible for the tax if I personally sold books, especially at the upcoming Miami Book Fair, I wrote to the Florida Department of Revenue.  Here is an excerpt from their reply:

From: Florida Department of Revenue

The Department of Revenue has received your email regarding filing for a sales tax exemption certificate for a new business as an author…

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