If I signed a contract to buy a boat for a certain price and now 3 months later they say they forgot to add somethings in the contract and I owe $800 for taxes, what can I do?

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If I signed a contract to buy a boat for a certain price and now 3 months later they say they forgot to add somethings in the contract and I owe $800 for taxes, what can I do?

They messed up and now they say it’s my problem but I didn’t agree to that price. Do I have to pay those taxes now legally?

Asked on January 19, 2016 under Business Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, once a contract is ageed to between two parties, the seller cannot add additional costs or charges to it; rather, if they did not charge you enough that is their problem and they'd have to absorb the extra cost--they are held to the agreed-upon contract price. The exception is, if the contract mentioned the extra cost(s) so they are clearly in the contract, but the "math" was just done wrong so the total amount was off, then you would be liable: the court will not hold them to a mathematical error or typographic mistake when you had notice from the contract of the different charges or "line items" you'd have to pay. In this case, you would have to pay the extra cost--but not if it had not been mentioned at all earlier.


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