What is my responsibility if a business forgot to include sales tax on items it sold to me and nowit’s claimingI owe them on paid statements from a year ago?

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What is my responsibility if a business forgot to include sales tax on items it sold to me and nowit’s claimingI owe them on paid statements from a year ago?

I am a dentist who for the past 1year have been outsourcing my crowns to be made by a local dental lab. Recently they sent me a notification that they forgot to add sales tax on all the past work they have done and said I now owe them about $1000 going back a year. I still have all my past monthly statements which I have already paid off and have already filed my taxes. Can they collect on an error on their part?

Asked on February 24, 2012 under Business Law, California

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If the dentist lab invoiced you a certain sum and you paid that sum thinking that it was the actual amount owed and had no inkling that it forgot to place sales tax as well on the invoices sent you, you have no obligation to pay any more money to the dentist lab. The dentist lab made a mistake and the sales tax owed will need to be absorbed by the lab, not you.


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