As of July 1, 2021, the sale of small arms and small arms ammunition became exempt from sales tax in the state of West Virginia. This consists of any new, used, or antique weapon that includes an assembly of a barrel and action from which a projectile is discharged by means of a rapidly burning propellant.
Some things this does not include:
- Firearm parts or assembly kits that do not include a barrel
- Airsoft or BB guns
- Non-firing replicas
- After market accessories
- Reloading supplies and tools
Please note, firearms must meet the criteria below or taxes are applicable and will be assessed on the order.
- A portable firearm designed to be carried by a single individual
- No barrel greater than an internal diameter of .50 caliber
- Shotgun of 10 gauge of smaller
- Small arms ammunition
- Complete rounds
For further details, please visit the West Virginia Tax Department's site.
What is a compliance fee?
So, If I live in West Virginia and buy a firearm, or ammo from a seller on GB, then I shouldn't have taxes added to the selling price? correct?
Answer to Q1: Apparently a compliance fee is something charged to buyers to offset GB's cost of obeying the rules and regulations imposed by governments.
Answer to Q2: You are correct--thanks to our good legislators, 2A supporters, and governor, any WV resident who buys a gun should not pay any SALES tax on it, whether it's purchased in a WV gun store or from out of state as an online purchase. That means that if you order or are the winning bidder on a gun, and it's being shipped to a WV dealer, the seller (or GB) should not charge sales tax in your invoice.
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