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B&H Refutes Sales Tax Claims

In response to claims of tax evasion, Menashe Horowitz, CEO of B&H electronic retailer, says “It’s unbelievable that Attorney General Letitia James has singled out B&H and is misleading the public about our company.” Full Story

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Ari
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Ari

Of course you know that “those Jews” would evade our taxes.

If it's not true...
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If it's not true...

If it’s not true they should definitely issue a lawsuit for prejudice… Hope they do..

Not so simple.
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Not so simple.

The manufacturer was reimbursing B&H every single time that they’re selling with discount, so they’ve should pay the tax of the full amount.

The dumbest!
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The dumbest!

Today’s Crain’s article:

“Tim Noonan, a state-tax expert at law firm Hodgson Russ, said the case could hinge on whether B&H offered customers a manufacturer’s coupon, which requires it pay the state sales taxes based on the full price of merchandise. A retailer’s coupon, however, requires merchants to collect taxes based on the price paid by a customer.
“Based on B&H’s argument, they must believe they have a retailer’s coupon program,” Noonan said.”

So it’s just all about terminology? If the rebate is passed through to the customer, and applied at the time of sale, why should it be taxable? Morons…
-PH

Shimon Shak
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Shimon Shak

There is a difference thougb. A manufacturers coupon means the manufacturer reimburses the retailer for the value of the coupon. The funds they send them are taxable at time of purchase. If it’s a retailers coupon its just a discount the retailer gives to the customer directly and doesnt get reimbursed. Manufacturers coupons being under the obligation to pay sales tax is established law. Read the indictment. A lot of what they are saying in the memo is just not true according to the evidence the AG has. Im not arguing whether this law is right or just but it… Read more »

You are incorrect
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You are incorrect

An instant savings offer is not a manufacturers rebate that the customer receives. What ‘evidence’ does the AG have saying otherwise?
This sounds like a setup.

Ms James
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Ms James

The practice has held up with all the accountants through out the years, it was assumed then to he legal and apparently many other stores did the same under that assumption. The owner depends on their accountants to understand these particulars I would assume. If the AG is now coming forward and claiming there was a error, then can’t the lawyers for B and H assist Ms James have to include the other stores as Well?

Yes under normal circumstances..
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Yes under normal circumstances..

But ‘Ms James’ appears to have an agenda. Probably someone with a similar agenda slandered the company and she ran with it. I also doubt that she has experience in or understands the particulars and that it would be useless enter into a legal discussion of sales tax and rebates. They would have to appeal and seek other legal avenues.

Ms James
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Ms James

Not that I’m promoting she should but that could make the case that they are being singled out and the charges aren’t sincere.

Shimon Shak
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Shimon Shak

I feel bad for Leticia. No one told her Satmar is a voting block??

Satmar?
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Satmar?

She’s singling out Jews in this case. Not Satmar. She’s also dead wrong. Everyone knows the reputation of B &H. They’re squeaky clean.

Closed
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Closed

The article has an error. B&H is not just closed on “most” jewish Holidays. It is closed on every single one on the calendar. Close to 80 days a year the store in Manhattan and the online store close. Shmiras Shabbos at its best.

Letitia "Pelosi" by chance?
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Letitia "Pelosi" by chance?

Is the AG a reletive of Nancy Pelosi, or that hack who jailed SB Rubashkin, or Amalek, perhaps?

The fact that she was voted in is scariest part
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The fact that she was voted in is scariest part

Take off the denial blinders and take a good look back at her long history. Do you expect anything but an attempt to target a large religious company? Nothing good has ever come out of that element of crown heights. I can think of many much more qualified people for the job of NY Attorney General. Voted in for the wrong reasons in the declining New York City. This is a travesty.

Costco charges tax!!!
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Costco charges tax!!!

If you buy an item, such as a camera from Costco and there is a manufacturer’s discount on it, they charge full tax on the camera before discount, even though you don’t pay the full price. Shoprite does the same thing. and now NYC charges sales tax, even if you buy the item from overseas.

Former Employee
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Former Employee

If you read the whole 35 page (!!) lawsuit, the reasons to some earlier comments become clear. 1) there was a whistleblower who came forward in 2016, that was the reason the began investigating. So even if everyone else is doing it, here was proof HOW b&h was doing it 2) there are quotes from emails of the high-ups that they clearly knew about it and looked to get around it. Sounds very much like the higher ups that I knew and dealt with on a daily basis. 3) While there certainly could be some bias, because I mean, Jewish… Read more »

Identify yourself
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Identify yourself

If you are trying to lend credibility to your accusation by identifying yourself as a ‘former employee’, then lend credibility to your identity by stating your name and why you are a ‘former’ employee.

Something is fishy
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Something is fishy

Seems to me this is which hunt ,anti semitism .
She should be fired

Big Government stinks
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Big Government stinks

When does this big government stop, when is enough enough. Trying to tax people for dollars not spent. Move out of New York.

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