I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, almost all my shopping is online.
When Texas did the tax thing to Amazon I said I would not buy from them. But, looking for stuff, and with Amazon's price, and their free shipping, I was still paying way less at Amazon. So even if they have to collect the tax Amazon is still the best place to shop on line for my stuff.
It's not the sales tax that's making the local B&M merchants not competitive, it's difference in base price. Collecting sales tax won't fix that. As far as I know, the impetus for collecting sales sales tax came from the taxing authorities, not local businesses. They've just jumped on the bandwagon.
No matter what happens, the buyer will be paying more. Even if the seller does not have to collect the tax, they can still charge for the tax and pocket the money. the seller would never know. In NY, caterers have been doing something similar by charging a service fee on top of their ordinary charges. Most people thought that the service fee went to the service provider. However, the catering companies were not turning over to the service staff, but were pocketing the money, adding to their overall revenue.. .
Agreed. Even small sellers who wouldn't normally cheat on taxes will pocket the money rather than deal with this mess of trying to dole out money to various states.
I once suspected an out-of-state merchant of pocketing collected sales tax money they had collected supposedly on behalf of my state even though they had no nexus here. I called my state tax office and of course after getting bounced to numerous different bureaucrats finally got connected to somebody who could actually tell whether the merchant had paid the sales tax to my state. He refused to say. "Oh we can't share that information." "Well why not? I'm a citizen here, and I'm filing a complaint that they're cheating this state out of sales tax money they claimed to collect for it." "Oh we just can't give any information like that out."
I'm sure there will be a lot of fraud once businesses are expected to collect on behalf of out-of-state businesses. The whole thing is a colossal mess that needs to be cleaned up and standardized.
Not a fan of this...
many wonderful days of tax-free shopping.
The State of Maryland passed legislation this year that is tied to the outcome of the Internet tax. If the Internet tax does not pass, Maryland will be paying higher gas taxes in the next few years. Not much to be said about the so called “Free State”.
If the Internet tax isn't passed, Marylanders will pay higher gas taxes.
If the internet tax IS passed, Marylanders will pay higher gas taxes.
This IS Maryalnd we're talking about.
I once loved living in Maryland.
Me too, but Maryland has become a State which wants to redistribute income on a massive scale. While folks may work here during their careers, they invariably go elsewhere in retirement to avoid nation high (top 5 or 6) taxes.
Shame on you Maryland.
A few years ago NewEgg started to charge tax on purchases made by NY residents. Then, few months later NewEgg stopped charging NY residents tax.
If new tax law passed, will all online retailers will have to collect tax or can they follow NewEgg's footsteps?
If the law is passed Newegg will have to abide by the law and charge tax. I use Newegg often and am pleased with their service.
If this is passed, how many of the large online retailers do you think will simply move operations outside of the USA?
chances are, they will move to canada or mexico.
No deal says Gov Scott
Just another way to get the taxes. Wait until they start to process the tax to the different States
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