Sales Tax or Use Tax — What's the Difference?

Sales Tax

Defined as a tax on the sale, transfer, or exchange of a taxable item or service. Sales tax is generally added to the sales price and is charged to the purchaser.

Use Tax

Defined as a tax on purchases made outside one’s state of residence for taxable items or services on which no Sales Tax has been paid. 'Use Tax' is a complementary or compensating tax to the sales tax and does not apply if the sales tax was charged.

Should Tax Be Charged For Online Purchases?

Where We Collect Tax

If your state is highlighted in orange above, Starfire Direct collects and remits sales tax on your behalf.

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washingtom
  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia*
Where We Don't

If your state is highlighted in gray above, Starfire Direct DOES NOT currently collect and remit sales tax on your behalf.

Your order will exclude tax, although, you should still be aware that you may be liable to remit a 'Use Tax'.


We hope this brief overview has helped you better understand current tax laws for online purchases.If you still have questions, you can give us a call and we’ll try our best to answer what we can on this subject. However, it’s always a good idea to speak with your personal tax advisor to see what’s best for you in the state that you live in.

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