B&H Photo

B&H Photo Video (also known as B&H Photo and B&H and B&H Foto & Electronics Corporation) is an American photo and video equipment retailer founded in 1973, based in Manhattan, New York City.[1] B&H conducts business through online e-commerce consumer sales, business to business sales, and its one retail location.

Herman Schreiber

B&H Photo & Electronics is owned by Herman Schreiber, a Hasidic Jew of the Satmar sect, and employs hundreds of Orthodox Jews in the company.N

Hermann Schreiber descended from a Jewish family which was settled in Schrimm in the Prussian Province of Posen (modern-day Śrem in Poland). The family was already Germanized in his times (in the second half of the 19th century the Jewish community in the Prussian Partition of former Poland generally adopted German culture and language). Hermann’s father, Pedasur Schreiber, taught Religion in the Jewish school and was an assistant to the rabbi; whereas his mother, Balbina née Schreier, managed the household.

Hermann was the youngest and the only son of their five children. After passing his Abitur examination in the High School in Śrem in 1901, he was studying at the Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau in Breslau, where he was ordained a rabbi, then at the University of Breslau, where he earned a degree of Doctor of Philosophy. In around 1910 he married Charlotte Neumann, with whom he had one son – Paul.

History

B&H opened in 1973 as a storefront film shop at 17 Warren Street in Tribeca, and took its name from the initials of owners Blimie Schreiber and her husband, Herman. Later in the 1970s, B&H moved to 119 West 17th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in the Photo District and began to expand its stock to a wider range of film and photography products. In 1997, the store moved to its present location.

B&H is located just south of Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, at 420 Ninth Avenue at the intersection with West 34th Street. In 2007, B&H opened a second floor above its original sales floor making a total of 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) of sales space.

Also in 2007, B&H moved its offices to 440 9th Avenue in Manhattan. As the company has grown, it expanded its office presence to accommodate sales, customer service, buying, marketing, and various back office functions; these functions are housed in 150,000 square feet of office space.[4]

The store has an extensive conveyor belt system that runs along the ceiling.[5][6]

In 2015, B&H added an Apple authorized shop to the computer department with an assortment of Apple products. There is an Apple employee in shop to assist and consult.[7] In 2016, Vaio announced that they signed a contract with B&H photo video to offer their products.[8][9]

B&H Photo accused of cheating New York out of millions in sales taxes

Retailer allegedly failed to pay tax on reimbursements it received from manufacturers as part of ‘instant rebate’ discounts that the company passed along to customers

B&H Photo and Electronics cheated New York out of at least $7 million in sales tax over the course of 13 years, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the state’s attorney general.

The Jewish-owned retailer is “accused of failing to pay tax on reimbursements it received from manufacturers as part of ‘instant rebate’ discounts the company passed along to customers,” the New York Post reported.

The lawsuit filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court accused B&H of choosing “profits over principles when it decided not to pay the tax in order to avoid incurring ‘hundreds of man-hours’ of customer service that it thought would be necessary to explain the tax to its customers.”

Workers at B&H Photo and Electronics (YouTube/screen capture) B&H Photo and Electronics cheated New York out of at least $7 million in sales tax over the course of 13 years, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the state’s attorney general.

The Jewish-owned retailer is “accused of failing to pay tax on reimbursements it received from manufacturers as part of ‘instant rebate’ discounts the company passed along to customers,” the New York Post reported.

The lawsuit filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court accused B&H of choosing “profits over principles when it decided not to pay the tax in order to avoid incurring ‘hundreds of man-hours’ of customer service that it thought would be necessary to explain the tax to its customers.”

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“While B&H could have complied with New York sales tax law at any time, by paying out of its own pocket the New York state and local sales tax owed on the amount of a manufacturer’s instant rebate, B&H refused to cut into its profits to do what the law required,” Attorney General Letitia James wrote in the suit.

Her office is seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages, interest and penalties.

A B&H spokesman blasted the suit as “flat wrong” and claimed James was “trying to create a tax on discounts in order to make New Yorkers pay more.”

“B&H is not a big box store or a faceless chain; We are a New York institution, having operated here for nearly 50 years with a stellar reputation. The tax department has done countless audits and never once – not a single time – mentioned this widespread industry practice,” the spokesman said in a statement.

B&H Photo & Electronics is owned by Herman Schreiber, a Hasidic Jew of the Satmar sect, and employs hundreds of Orthodox Jews in the company. B&H is closed on Saturdays for Shabbat observance.

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