New rules for California from 1 April 2019

From 1 April, customers with a shipping address in the state of California will be charged a 7.25% ‘use tax’ on the value of each order.

This is a requirement of the CDTFA (California Department of Tax and Fee Administration) as a result of the Wayfair decision in the US Supreme Court. You can read more about this here.


The tax applies to NEW orders placed from 1 April, regardless of where your shipment originates. That means you’ll pay the same amount of tax regardless of whether your order ships from New Zealand, Europe, or Seattle.

When you place an order to a California shipping address, you will see this tax component on the final page of your checkout.

Weta Workshop does not profit from this tax. We pay the tax to the CDTFA.

Any current pre-orders or payment plans you have with us are not affected by this change.


Where can I go to find out more?

To learn more about the new rules for California, head to the CDTFA website. Our Customer Service team is also on hand to answer any questions you might have.

What is a Sales Tax?

Most countries and many states and regions impose a sales tax on goods and services housed within that country, even on orders from abroad. In some countries, it’s called VAT (Value Added Tax). In others, it’s GST (Goods & Services Tax). In the US, it’s known as Sales Tax or Use Tax.

Sales tax is applied as a percentage and is collected by the tax authorities of that country, state, or region.

Why am I being charged a Sales Tax?

Usually, when you purchase something in a shop on the high street, sales tax is included on the price tag. Everybody pays the same tax for that item. You can usually find it listed on your receipt.

Because our online shop is global, we can’t simply display the tax-inclusive price – because it doesn’t apply to everybody, everywhere. For example, items shipped to New Zealand attract a sales tax charge of 15%. As of 1 April 2019, customers in California pay 7.25%.

When will I be charged sales tax?

When you order from us, the correct regional sales tax will be added at checkout, after you have filled out your shipping address.

Does Weta Workshop profit from Sales Tax?

No. Weta Workshop does not profit in any way from these taxes. We provide the same base cost to all our customers, regardless of where they live in the world.

Will I pay a different tax amount if my item ships from a different warehouse?

No. Sales tax applies regardless of where the shipment originates. Your shipping address is what determines the tax.

Where can I go to find out more?

To learn more about the sales tax rules for your region, please get in touch with your local customs office.