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as a business person, we need to stand up for the brick and mortar companies!And put a federal sales tax on it also!
Sure, cause God knows we aren't paying enough taxes already in Minnesota...
It is about time. I know too many people who use an e-tailer just to avoid sales tax. One of my co-wokers orders literaly everything off of amazon so she can avoid paying. She proudly says she 'cheated MN out of $2,000 of taxes', but she is the first one to complain when the plow comes late or the pothole outside her house is not filled.
There is no end to the number of things they will find to tax. It's like they take pleasure in destroying peoples' lives just to buy votes.
Good, this is long overdue - and I buy a lot of stuff online.
By state law, you are suppose to be paying that tax already. Since very few people actually pay it themselves, this is the way to collect it. This is one tax I support because it is hurting the stores that hire people.
What is the purpose of a sale tax? From what I recall, before the internet became what it is today, sales tax was collected to help support the infrastructure around brick-and-mortar companies. Roads, bridges, police, fire, etc, etc, etc. Today we are in a world where if you sell online AND you have brick-and-mortar in the state in which you are selling, you are to collect sales tax. The bill that is now being introduced, which is the same flawed bill introduced by Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.)back in Feb is trying to, for the first time ever, impose tax burdens on internet company sales that brick-and-mortar companies don't. For example....let's pretend you live in a state that has a sales tax, but next to a state that does not. If I buy from XYZ company online from my state, XYZ is going to be required by this law to tax me....but if I drive across the boarder to the sales tax free state, they I won't. How the heck does this make any sense? I'll tell you all you need to know to hate this bill...companies like Wal-mart and Amazon SUPPORT this bill. Why? Because Wal-mart can easily absorb the costs of collection and thus knock out some of it's competition, and Amazon because it sells sells its own tax compliance service to other merchants! It was a bad bill 2 months ago and it is a bad bill now!
supervon2, that is a little dramatic. I think lives are destroyed in many other ways--not by shopping online.
Generally, I go with the "life isn't fair" statement when my child complains about something. However, in this instance, it is absolutely about fairness. Fairness to corporations like Best Buy or Target who see their sales dwindle because of "show rooming". People go to the store, find the product they like, and then go home and buy the same one on Amazon, but save $50 or $60 in taxes (on a tv for instance). It's not an additional/new tax. It's a tax we should already be paying
It's way past time. I'm tired of people coming into our store, taking or time and advice, only to say thanks. Outside we see them on the phone. Meanwhile we pay real estate tax, salaries, and donations to local charities.
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