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How Do I Figure Out Which Sales Tax To Charge My Customers?

I have recently started up an Ebay re-selling business (home-based, sole proprietor) with proper business license and tax id. I buy from local wholesale distributors with no tax (they are located in the USA) using my tax-id and re-sell for profit. I sell from the city of Decatur, Georgia and I only sell to customers within the USA. It took me forever to try to get my tax id at the department of revenue and business license office. Nobody likes to answer the phones at the tax office since this city gets a lot of calls. They’re quite busy to go and talk to them (take a number and wait x hours), but I am going to try to call them again tomorrow.
To my understanding, I only owe the state of Georgia tax on the sales that I make to customers only in my state and not in any other states. Anyone have any idea if that is correct?
Secondly, my local department of revenue for Georgia…requires me to file what they call a “return” each month. I assume that each state has this “return” procedure. It’s an online form that asks for your “return amount” for the month. But is this telling them your total amount of sales for the month or is it wanting the total amount of state taxes that you collected from customers for their purchase in the state of Georgia?
I will continue to try to confirm this with my state and not just “take a random person’s word for it”, but I was wondering if anyone out there maybe sells in Georgia or knows more about this process.
They didn’t even tell me the tax percentage that I should charge customers and it isn’t on my paperwork. I downloaded a 2013 tax rate chart from their website. It lists 7% MEH…apparently for MARTA (our local transit company), Education and Homestead. It has a bunch of county codes and states “State Sales Tax 4% included in County Sales Tax Rates below.”
So do I charge the 7% County Sales tax or the 4% state sales tax?

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