Thank you for writing, John. The merchant recommends a 72 hour pre-order for your cake, but considering the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the sooner you can place your order, the better.
In regards to your tax question, with the exception of GrouponLive event deals, Groupons do not include tax or gratuity in the purchase price. If they are included, it will be specifically mentioned in the Fine Print of the deal. Otherwise, tax is collected when redeeming the Groupon and is dependent on the area's local tax laws.
It is every merchant’s responsibility to collect and remit tax as required by applicable laws. States and cities often have complicated sales and use tax laws that can be quite confusing. Factors such as where you live, where you redeem your Groupon, and for what goods or services you redeem it may affect how the Groupon is treated for purposes of taxation.
If you'd like to discuss the specifics of how your Groupon purchase is taxed upon redemption, please contact the business directly. They should have more information about the local tax laws in question.
Nov 16, 2012