I live in CT, and have just purchased an item from a vendor in CA, which was shipped to my home. The sales tax applied is not the 6.35% rate we have here in CT - it's higher.
I am still waiting for them to get back with me, but in the meantime -
We are not talking about Etsy, Amazon, etc. It's a small, local brick and mortar store, with one location in CA. My understanding is that if they have a presence in CT, they charge sales tax at the CT tax rate, but if they do not have a presence in CT, they do not charge sales tax, and it is then up to me to pay the tax directly to CT.
Is this the way it works?