Lawsuit Claims Sam’s Club Overcharges Tax on Sale Items
A new lawsuit claims that Sam’s Club may make misleading representations about their sales tax. It says that Sam’s Club intentionally or negligently misrepresent the sale prices of their products due to the “excess” sales tax the company collects from their customers.
Van Buren, the plaintiff in this case, claims that sales tax should be calculated based on the purchase price of the item. If an item is on sale or discounted in any way, he argues that this reduced price should be the amount used to calculate sales tax. Instead, he claims that the wholesale retailer charges sales tax based on the item’s regular price.
Van Buren allegedly experienced this sales tax overcharge in July 2018. He says he purchased a Sonicare product on sale for $31.98, an $8 discount from the item’s regular $39.98 price. The sales tax percentage in Maryland is 6%. He argues that, based on a price of $31.98, his sales tax should have been $2.29. Instead of this amount, he was allegedly charged $2.77.
The Sam’s Club class action claims Van Buren experienced this issue during other visits, including trips to Sam’s Club in August, September, and October.
The Sam’s Club Sales Tax Class Action Lawsuit is Van Buren v. Walmart Inc. t/a Sam’s Club, Case No. 1:19-cv-00911, in the U.S. District Court of Maryland.