2/22/2009

Should ALL Internet sales be state taxed?

Filed under: Complaint,Technology — bigred @ 12:12 pm

When I was a cheap college student, I did everything to save money…hell, I’m still cheap.  I’ve always loved the fact that online sales didn’t have state tax.  Today I bought my last gadget from Circuit City.  I just found out I paid $15 more than I could have gotten it for online (after mail in rebate), but I just thought to myself, with the Economy the way it is, I’m kind of glad my state just got the tax.  They need it.  It sucks I paid more in the long run, but if you came to my state you’d understand….

 

This gets me thinking.  Have we ridden the cash cow too long.  Have we had it too good.  Should the governments step it up.  I have no clue how you’d prove that where you were shipping to also was your resident state too.  I guess, you’d go off the billing address, but it’s a bit more complicated than just that.  Businesses get crazy tax laws as it is.  Then to do business in other states…but not have a physical store…that may just complicate too much.  I did like Circuit City.  They were a great store.  Online Retail is one of the main reasons it went out of business.  Who’s next??

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3 Comments »

  1. Not sure how well known it is, but Michigan requires you to list the amount of goods purchased online or through the mail that weren’t subject to state of michigan sales tax, and then pay that “use” tax ;) cache: http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:ZPP3xKVFawoJ:www.ibls.com/members/docview.aspx%3Fdoc%3D2048+michigan+tax+goods+purchased+online+mail&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us&lr=lang_en

    Comment by chouse — 2/22/2009 @ 2:12 pm

  2. [...] Big Red’s Place wrote an interesting post today on Should ALL Internet sales be state taxed?Here’s a quick excerpt … but I just thought to myself, with the Economy the way it is, I’m kind of glad my state just got the tax. They need it….I guess, you’d go off the billing address, but it’s a bit more complicated than just that. Businesses get crazy tax laws as it is….I’ve always loved the fact that online sales didn’t have state tax…. [...]

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  3. Chouse is right about being required to report and pay your own sales tax in Michigan. When you hear talk about taxing internet transactions that is for a federal tax.

    Comment by Jeffrey — 10/23/2009 @ 3:57 pm

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