online buying-free ride is over

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clok1966
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Sales tax has been a subject for online buying for ages, and so far up to now, nobody has the muscle to ruin a good thing and its been shot down. As more and more people buy online there has been more interest, but the last time it was voted out, the numbers they projected for growth where actually better then they are in reality... so if they didnt make the bucks the lawmakers thought they would and even then they left it as is... Why is comming up again? Well there is ONE bully far stronger then the rest in Retail, it can make a prodcut like Ophra can..... One bully is being Bullied and he dont like it and he is pulling in favors... One company that has killed far more stores than any other.. is feelign the bite and it cant compete with instant purchases.

Make no mistake we WILL have a tax on internet goods shortly... no lawmakers, no budget concerns... just a single corperation is flexing its muscle and getting its peiople to line up and vote this time when its brouhgt up...

So who are we talking about? Walmart is bit@hing up a storm under the radar, they feel they cant "compete" with Amazon and such becuase they have to pay sales tax. They have the muscle, it will get passed this time... I for one am not happy... I sure hope Im wrong.

Matt Barton
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Agreed, Bill. Sales tax, ugh.

Agreed, Bill. Sales tax, ugh. Definitely the least progressive form of tax out there--rich people aren't even phased by it, whereas it makes the poor poorer! Of course, to lure corporate business to the states, they cut corporate tax and give them all kinds of perks and incentives. Then they raise sales tax to try to to cover the loss by passing costs down to the least represented. Really ghoulish.

I wonder what it'd be like if states weren't allowed to have a state income tax, and instead the federal government dispensed money to the states based on population and income levels.

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Bill Loguidice
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Mark Vasier wrote:

Wow you guys had it good. Over here there's absolutely no difference in tax paid in a webshop or in a retail store.

It's probably harder here because each of the 50 states sets its own tax rate. The rule at the moment is that if you have a physical store in a particular state, you need to charge sales tax to those buying from that state. Since Amazon has no physical locations, there's no sales tax regardless of what state you're buying from. That's why I shop Amazon whenever possible. No tax, free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime, and prices as good as or sometimes better than a horrible physical store like Wal-Mart.

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Mark Vergeer
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Were US Internet goods free of tax?

Wow you guys had it good. Over here there's absolutely no difference in tax paid in a webshop or in a retail store.

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