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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    Are we basically allowing states to impose a tariff on out of state purchases?
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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    Are we basically allowing states to impose a tariff on out of state purchases?
    No. States have always been able to tax out of state purchases. This Senate bill has nothing to do with that.
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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    No. States have always been able to tax out of state purchases. This Senate bill has nothing to do with that.

    From the article.

    Under current law, states can only collect from companies that are physically located within their borders.

    Customers who order items online from another state are often supposed to declare the purchases on their tax forms, but few do or are even aware of that requirement.

    The bill would exempt small businesses that earn less than $1 million annually from out-of-state sales, and requires states to provide retailers with software to calculate sales taxes based on a buyer’s zip code. States would be allowed to collect taxes on out-of state purchases in six months, to give retailers time to prepare.

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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    It will cost the state to re-organize it's sales tax, but that won't cost the vendor anything. The software that handles this on the vendors end is free to the vendor.

    All it takes on the vendors end is a computer and an internet connection, which presumably a business on the internet already has.
    It won't cost the vendor anything? At all? Well, that's good news.

    Silly me, I thought they might have to pay people to spend time to administer the program, maybe an accountant to coordinate and send payments, etc. I mean, I'm sure most already have an accountant, but hey, it's just a few more forms and a few more payments. Time is free.
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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    question: does the congress have the power, to grant the states power to tax?
    This bill isn't about the power to tax. This bill is about enforcement.
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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    I admit not being thrilled about it, as sales taxes are among the most regressive. however, fair is fair. I can think of better ways to get tax revenue, though.
    Fair is a place where they judge pigs...life isn't fair and never was supposed to be.

    I am fully against this tax...Online sales contains a lot of small business entrepreneurs. This will cause a headache for them...they will have to abide by every state's separate tax codes. I couldn't imagine the weight on their backs for this BS
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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Fair is a place where they judge pigs...life isn't fair and never was supposed to be.

    I am fully against this tax...Online sales contains a lot of small business entrepreneurs. This will cause a headache for them...they will have to abide by every state's separate tax codes. I couldn't imagine the weight on their backs for this BS
    i'd like to see the small ones largely exempted. i think they exempted to one million dollars; that number should be raised.

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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    The bill calls for "free" tax calculation software to be provided to online businesses that are affected, and that those tax software companies must be certified in each state.

    What a bunch of red tape that is going to cost a boat-load of taxpayer money.......to collect more money from taxpayers.

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    Re: Senate approves online sales tax bill [W:244]

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i'd like to see the small ones largely exempted. i think they exempted to one million dollars; that number should be raised.
    But if the issue is fairness for the local brick-and-mortar store*, then why should ANY business be exempt? Selling online out-of-state is just a cost of doing business, isn't it?

    *- One of the reasons commonly given, though personally I don't believe they give a rat's behind about the local stores, they just want their revenue.

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