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#1 Kirk

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:41 PM

Some time back in a discussion about sales tax and internet sales, there as mention of Amazon closing their Texas distribution center, rather than collecting sales taxes for the state of Texas. Well, it seems that Amazon will soon be collecting sales tax for Texas!

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#2 Dave W

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:17 PM

This is probably the wave of the future, sad as it is.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:07 PM

Collecting the sales tax for on-line purchases is probably a good thing when you look at the whole picture since it puts local stores on a more even footing with the mail-order places.

For us in Arizona it would be a big improvement over the current situation where we must track every online purchase and calculate the tax due on our state tax form. That was the most time consuming part of our 2011 tax preparation.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 07:32 AM

This is probably the wave of the future, sad as it is.

As long as we have governments and government services we will also have taxes to pay those bills. If you don't have sales tax you will have something else to replace it. There are states that have no sales tax but none which have no taxes at all............. ;)

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#5 moonlightrunner

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 07:52 AM

Now when I buy something online, I will have to figure sales tax PLUS the high shipping to determine if it is cheaper to buy locally (if I can find it) rather than getting it shipped in. Doesn't that mean that buying locally puts the millions of small mom&pops (often just moms) online businesses at a disadvantage? Does that mean the government is putting small business out of business?

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:25 AM

Now when I buy something online, I will have to figure sales tax PLUS the high shipping to determine if it is cheaper to buy locally (if I can find it) rather than getting it shipped in. Doesn't that mean that buying locally puts the millions of small mom&pops (often just moms) online businesses at a disadvantage? Does that mean the government is putting small business out of business?

Many will argue otherwise, but the answer is an emphatic Yes! Though the sales tax is the least of the burden's on small business. It is all the other local, state and federal regulations.
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:04 AM

Collecting the sales tax for on-line purchases is probably a good thing when you look at the whole picture since it puts local stores on a more even footing with the mail-order places.

For us in Arizona it would be a big improvement over the current situation where we must track every online purchase and calculate the tax due on our state tax form. That was the most time consuming part of our 2011 tax preparation.


AND, it's common practice that when the government makes it OUR task to track such things, the human nature gene kicks in -- if they can't track it, they can't tax it! Net result is folks don't report it... oh, well!@!

It's been our experience (having watched Calif & most other states over the past 45 years) the more they get, the more they spend --- and, sometimes, they create unfunded-mandates for some projects... which put more "pressure" for population growth to "satisfy" the demand.

Look what's happened with the "cost basis" (for stocks & bonds) fiasco that started taking effect this year; prior to this new law, we had to "carefully" track our purchases ourselves, then self-report our gains & losses at tax time... so, the threat of an audit was the main deterrent to folks having "convenient" memory re. their true cost-basis numbers. NOW, all such transactions will get tracked on 1099's -- closing the gap on the "selective" memories of the folks that might have under-reported their gains.

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