- Apr 7, 2013
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my AD doesn’t tax them if you have purchased beforeUnrelated the convo above, but I recently learned that -- at least at my local JMM retailer in California -- you can get around sales tax if you remove the tinted lenses (maybe people already know this)
Basically, if they sell the frames to you with tinted lenses, they're considered sunglasses, which are taxable.
If the frames are sold with regular plastic lenses, they're considered medical devices, which are not taxable.
Of course, if you're going to use these as regular sunglasses, then you'll need the tinted lenses. But if you're going to swap out the lenses anyway for prescription lenses -- whether as regular eyewear or sunglasses -- then you may as well ask them to remove the lenses and save on sales tax. On a pair of JMM frames, that can be about fifty bucks.
Realize this may be well-known info, but it was new to me when I learned about it.