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Topic: 1ST CRAFT SHOW. NOW WHAT??????????  (Read 1718 times)
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« on: August 02, 2012 02:30:57 PM »

Hello!! I am considering taking my handmade children dresses, head bands, etc. to a craft fair. I live in Ohio and I may need a Transient vendor license??? I really do not forsee making thousands of dollars in these items...so why tax? After an entire day i may only collect 10.00 in tax. Is there a threshold for tax collection?? Say "if collect under 50.00 no need to report/pay"?? I'm so confused. Will this affect my income tax too??? I really need some Ohio advice. I just wanted to set up my little booth and have fun and now this seems to be becoming one huge not fun ball of not funness. soooooooo now what?? Do I spend the 25.00 for the license and 40 for the table and whatever it costs to make this stuff or should I just keep my cash? I've been told (not bragging. ok sort of bragging) that I should really consider selling the baby/child dresses I make. SO now that everyone has given me the encouragement I want to get out there and get to it. Whats up with ALL THIS RED TAPE!?!?!? sheesh. Thanks!!!!
Chris in VT
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2012 03:53:09 AM »

OK Roxy, calm down.

Does the promoter of the craft show require your vendor license number on the application? If not, I wouldn't worry about it.

But if you're going to do this, you will need to collect sales taxes. Especially at the larger shows. It's a good idea to get a "resale tax certificate" from the state. Most states still give them out free (although Connecticut now wants $100 for one.)

These also come in very handy when buying materials. You do not pay the sales tax when you purchase, and you can shop at wholesale companies and pay wholesale prices.

Go do the show, have fun and don't worry about the taxman, as he won't show up at a small craft show, especially on Saturday! They don't want to work weekends. They're State employees.


There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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