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    California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    Reporting from Sacramento— Shopping at Amazon.com Inc. and other major Internet stores is poised to get more expensive.

    Beginning Friday, a new state law will require large out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases that their California customers make on the Internet — a prospect eased only slightly by a 1-percentage-point drop in the tax that also takes effect at the same time.


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    Both Amazon in Seattle and Overstock in Salt Lake City have told affiliates that they would have to move to another state if they wanted to continue earning commissions for referring customers.

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    Many of about 25,000 affiliates in California, especially larger ones with dozens of employees, are likely to leave the state, said Rebecca Madigan, executive director of trade group Performance Marketing Assn. The affiliates combined paid $152 million in state income taxes last year, she pointed out.
    Internet sales tax: Online retailers to start collecting sales taxes in California - latimes.com

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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    If they want to continue running off businesses I suppose that's their business.

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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    Online retailers have been collecting sales taxes for some time now. This is nothing new.

    Why should brick and mortar stores have to collect sales taxes, and online retailers not? That doesn't seem fair to me.
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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Online retailers have been collecting sales taxes for some time now. This is nothing new.

    Why should brick and mortar stores have to collect sales taxes, and online retailers not? That doesn't seem fair to me.
    Why should a company with no presence in a state have to pay state taxes?
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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Why should a company with no presence in a state have to pay state taxes?
    They're using a technicality to collect from online retailers.
    Amazon has the Kindle development studio in California, plus the Amazon affiliates.

    They're using that as justification to collect sales taxes but I do agree with you and the Supremes say that they can't collect taxes on it, with no state presence.
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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    Stupid question: In the dark old days before the internet, if I ordered a product from an out-of-state company over the phone would they have had to pay sales tax to my own state?
    Last edited by Cardinal; 06-30-11 at 02:50 PM.

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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    Yeah I read today that Amazon has threatened to pull their affiliates out of CA as a result.. More jobs lost.. Boy, the libtards really don't get it.

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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Stupid question: In the dark old days before the internet, if I ordered a product from an out-of-state company over the phone would they have had to pay sales tax to your own state?
    I don't think you would, no.
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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    My feeling is you're right, too.

    On a slightly separate note I run a small business and BOE has been all up in my butt for the past two years about state use taxes. They haven't worked out all the kinks in their bureacracy so they send me redundant "pay your state use taxes last warning!!!!" every April, and I have to get on the phone with them at the same time as the rest of California because they of course sent out these errant "final notice" letters to every business in the state.

    There are other nuisances, too, but point is California is not the most fun place to run your small business.
    Last edited by Cardinal; 06-30-11 at 02:55 PM.

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    Re: California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Why should a company with no presence in a state have to pay state taxes?
    If they see the state as a market, then they have a presence in that state.

    Why should local retailers have to pay more taxes than those who are not local?
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