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Thread: Online shopping tax?

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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    Online shopping tax?

    My argument is that I have to pay for shipping so added tax will stop me from shopping online.
    It is already cheaper to shop at stores except for web sites like Connecting Threads.
    Keepsake Quilting will lose me for sure.

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    The other side of that is your state needs revenues. If you shop out-of-state via the internet, you are depriving your state that income. No business wants to collect taxes. They do so because of the law. I saw a study recently on what the various states are losing because of not having taxes on internet sales. It is significant. If they do not get the revenue from one source, they will get it another way, or they will have to cut services.
    I owned a retail business if Florida and we formerly had to pay for the privelege of collecting taxes for the state. It was a nominal amount ($25), but never the less if we wanter to be in business!
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    I live in Illinois and when I did our state taxes this year you had to add an amount to pay for internet and out of state sales based on your income. It did not matter if you bought over the internet or not, you could not leave the line blank.

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    However, it is the FEDERAL government trying to initiate a tax on internet sales by businesses. If the STATE needs the revenue, it will not end up with it!! The STATE, based on its laws, should be able to charge if they need the revenue. They do have other avenues to collect the tax...if the business has a Sales Tax #, then the business has to report ALL sales no matter where made. Then they have to pay a % of the sales into the STATE government...as least this is the way it operates in my state.

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    taxes are already to high in AZ.
    The Government waste is very high also so I dont care that they want more and more taxes.
    Give us a break.

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    I love going to Keepsake because New Hampshire has NO SALES TAX. Of course they do have a high rooms and meals tax, which is how they got me last month when we went there for an overnight trip and stayed in a motel. Ate a couple meals there, too, but it was worth it for a lovely weekend. As someone said, it's the Fed that's talking about taxing internet sales, that is a different story. If you pay income tax when it comes in (those of us who aren't millionaires who can avoid taxes) it doesn't seem right to pay more when you spend your money.
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    When you buy online, if the vendor has a "presence" in your state, i.e. a warehouse, call center, office, then they are REQUIRED to collect sales tax. If you purchase something online, and don't pay the SALES tax, you still have the liability to your state for USE tax, which is complementary to a sales tax, and is a tax on the privilege of USING the goods (versus the privilege of SELLING the goods). You have that liability, however, unless you voluntarily pay it to the state, then the state has to find the transaction, and find you to give you the tax bill.

    Unless you live in a state that has no Sales/Use tax, such as NH or OR, and about 3 others, then you actually still have that liability.

    When you buy in a store, it doesn't matter where YOU live, just where the sale takes place - Location of the store determines sales tax rate.

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    I just don't think the majority of people will pay the overcharged shipped fees along with sales tax. They will eventually drift away unless there is something they can't buy locally.

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    I import a lot of fabric from the US , and our tax here is 20% on all imports , so altho you have sales tax I believe ours has to be the most expensive but luckily , even with postage the fabric still works out cheaper than buying here

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    I don't mind paying taxes. It's where our tax dollars go to that bothers me.

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