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  1. Cindy
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 07:18:03

    If they pass the internet sales tax, will they then tell the states to stop collecting sales tax on things? Because if not that, that’s getting in to some really high tax rates. I know here in PA, last year I was asked if I had ordered anything online that needed sales tax paid on. I wasn’t asked this year, but this year I dropped off my stuff and picked it up later. Do they honestly think it’s good to damage the economy further by putting people off of ordering online because then they have to pay two sales taxes? Sheesh.

  2. gin
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 08:52:14

    It’s not TWO sales taxes. It’s one. This isn’t a national sales tax, but just requiring online sellers to collect the relevant state’s tax, so the state wouldn’t have to try to collect it when you file your income taxes by asking about what you bought without having paid the tax.

  3. Karenmc
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 09:36:58

    I’m in a state with no sales tax (kind of like having a two-legged stool when it comes to funding schools, but that’s a different story). I suppose any companies in my state that will have to collect other state’s taxes will write it off as a business expense, thus possibly lowering their state tax bill. Makes my head hurt.

  4. Mel
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 09:39:14

    On our state tax forms you have to pay an amount you pick out of a chart based on your income level. If this goes through universally (and isn’t just another pick on Amazon ploy) it could actually be cheaper for some people. I know I buy many books from Barnes and Noble and thus get taxed twice, once by B&N and again through this random amount the state takes. I don’t know if my taxes will go up or down but not paying the same tax twice is better for my blood pressure.

  5. Carrie G
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 10:26:35

    Does anyone know how the internet sales tax will impact small businesses and people who have small home businesses who sell over the internet (arts, crafts, etc.)? My main worry is that having to collect sales tax and then distribute it to the states, etc., will be an overwhelming burden on freelance type businesses.

    ETA: I just read that as-is, the bill exempts businesses that do less than 1 mil in revenues yearly. So that answers my main question.

  6. Anya
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 11:54:26

    I don’t have the source at my fingertips, but I read something yesterday saying that another reason why Amazon is in favor of this is because they are planning on rolling out a service for smaller vendors where they calculate the sales tax that a customer owes, for a fee or percentage of the sale, of course (allowing them yet another way to make money and dominate the market). I’ll try to track down the link.

  7. Susan
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 17:24:11

    I confess that I have enjoyed not paying sales tax on stuff ordered from Amazon. That and the free shipping are big draws.

    BTW, why do cats like roombas so much?

  8. SAO
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 23:07:57

    Calculating state tax is something a computer program can do. Once it’s needed, I bet QuickBooks will do it, and iPad apps, etc. It will be cheap. Whether or not the states require filling out complex forms to send it to them is a another question, but that’s about government bureaucracy, not tax. One hopes states who want to collect will make it easy.

    The UK requires you calculate VAT on self-employment income. No one wants to fill out another form, but it’s not going to kill anyone who has anything like a real business (as opposed to people off-loading their used books for a few extra bucks, but one presumes they’d have the same kind of exemption as for teen babysitters and income tax).

  9. farmwifetwo
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 16:56:21

    That’s gotta be only on your side of the border. All businesses are required to collect PST, GST or HST (Prov, Goods and services, harmonized (combine the 2 at source)). Now that we have HST in our Prov there is no more some PST, some GST, some both.. it’s all HST. I do know that when it was GST to collect it you had to have sales of $30,ooo or more annually. I don’t know what the cut off was for PST nor what it is for HST.

    I’ve always paid HST online.

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