My wife received a gift package addressed to me, just before lent and delivered by FedEx.
More than TWO WEEKS after the delivery, I received a bill from the company charging me about $13 .
As sure I was that it had been paid for, I called the company's 1-800 number to inquire about it.
At first I was told it was a tax imposed by the government for the gift I received. (The bill says it was 'advancement fee') . I was given an improptu lecture on the subject of taxation on the phone. I agreed I will pay the "gift tax" but first since the guy on the phone is knowledgeable on the specific tax, I asked for the copy of the law, and the basis of the amount they imposed on me.
I repeated a lot of times I was willing to pay as long as they give me the basis of computation for the tax, why the tax is almost the same as the amount of the gift.
IT TURNED OUT, IT IS NOT TAX, BUT SERVICE FEE. I told the person on the other line I am not paying for a service I did not ask for. I called my nephew who sent it and he told me it he paid for sending it.