zamboni: SisterMaryElephant: Tuba City, AZ13.725% sales tax rate/how are smaller internets business owners going to track sales tax rates for over 6,000 jurisdictions they could possibly ship to?I think they call them "databases"... but I could be wrong.If they can ship to 6,000 jurisdictions, they can calculate taxes to 6,000 jurisdictions.
Wade_Wilson: Even if my state starts applying the same 6% sales tax to my Amazon purchases that I get at the mall, online is STILL better because the base price is so much lower, meaning 6% of it is lower too. Throw in the cost of gas and the fact that Prime means free shipping, and I fail to see the downside.
zamboni: buzzcut73: zamboni:Yeah, I guess you're right, FedEx has such problem determining price to deliver a product of x, y and z dimensions, w weight from door a to door b. Then they have to figure out who to send the bill also. It's too much. It must take them days to figure all that out.So what you're saying is that a state that wants to collect sales taxes couldn't be bothered to update a national database, and those who want to sell products to the citizens of said state are too lazy to make a good faith effort to calculate the taxes as part of their business. I mean, they do want to be in the business... don't they?OK. How about an internet sales tax. 50 states determine internet sales tax for their states. Suppliers doggedly determine what state they are sending their product to. After much deliberation, and looking at a laminated chart on the wall they determine what to charge. Then, after typing out an invoice, or perhaps hand writing it, they can inform the customer what the cost will be via telephone, or telegram.Mind you, a computer could figure out the original idea in minutes, calculate the total, inform and/or bill the customer and electronically transfer the taxes received to the appropriate parties. They do have computers now. Probably can even put away the card catalogs and rolodexes. Things have changed a little since ...
Super Chronic: Of course, if you buy things on the Internet and pay no sales taxes, technically you're liable for use taxes. But that's impossible for states to enforce. I think it's possible, and Constitutional, for the federal government to address the old Supreme Court cases (e.g. Quill) with federal legislation to protect state tax bases (effectively providing that every vendor has nexus in every state), but there is currently a substantial element in Congress who think tax avoidance is a god-given American right.
debug: The people biatching about paying sales tax on online purchases are the same folks that will complain about how schools don't get enough funding or the museum down town is closing due to lack of funding or program blah-blah-blah is ending due to lack of funding.Pay up or shut up.
NannyStatePark: cryinoutloud: If this is a huge problem for you, maybe you need to stop shopping already.49 percent of Americans are on public assistance, but let's start judging people for whom this could present a problem, because obviously it stems from a spiritual defect or an allergy to shopping..../she knows what I mean
Just another Heartland Weirdass: Girion47: Taxes aren't going to make me want to suddenly get dressed, get in the car, drive through some traffic lights, hunt for a parking spot, shoulder my way into a store through the cold air, and then hope that they have it in stock, and in a location that makes sense.Internet winsI predict a scheme to tax you for that convenience on top of sales tax. I'm serious.
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