Q: Internet sales tax proposal! Would this affect online shopping?

kevin07
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As some of you might be aware and I am taking this from CNN: The Senate approved a long-anticipated Internet sales tax proposal on Monday, moving the legislation one step closer to enactment and paving the way for shoppers to pay sales tax on the majority of online purchases.

How would this affect your online shopping?
kevin07 posted May 07, 2013
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akaricke
Yes, I enjoyed the no tax savings.
akaricke (rep: 159k) posted May 07, 2013
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kevin07
they figured since nobody claims on taxes as we should they r loosing a substantial amount of money :)
kevin07 (rep: 18.4k) posted May 07, 2013
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kffight3r
Cali already has online sales taxes all over. So I support the bill - it will level the playing field with other states and lower prices from a Cali perspective. Less demand overall = lower prices
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted May 07, 2013
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helloamy1977
I wonder if this would be for ebay too?
helloamy1977 (rep: 2.53k) posted May 07, 2013
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kevin07
as far as I know it will include ebay
kevin07 (rep: 18.4k) posted May 07, 2013
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kffight3r
Yes, eBay is petitioning against it while Amazon, Bestbuy and other retailers are supporting it.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted May 07, 2013
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kffight3r
their argument is that the bill will affect mom and pop businesses and treat them like an Amazon for tax purposes - creates unfair barriers to entry
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted May 07, 2013
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nthsll
Yeah it went away here in Texas about a year ago. Sucks. It was just a matter of time though.
nthsll (rep: 12.4k) posted May 07, 2013
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krmills1
This country is slowly becoming more and more controlling every day! Land of the Free????
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted May 07, 2013
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kevin07
there is another saying in this country ..There is no such thing as a free lunch :)
kevin07 (rep: 18.4k) posted May 07, 2013
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nthsll
True enough Kevin, but when you're taxed on income the free lunch goes away. Then when you're taxed on how you spend your income, that's just politicians being greedy. And as kfflight mentioned, the (lame) excuse is to make it more even for small businesses. The real reason is to fund pet projects.
nthsll (rep: 12.4k) posted May 08, 2013
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kevin07
thats the unfortunate truth! :/
kevin07 (rep: 18.4k) posted May 08, 2013
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fluffy
I think the big retailers' support of this is to wipe out the little guys who often can't compete on price as it is. There are over 9600 different sales tax jurisdictions, each with different rates and which designate goods and services as taxable or non-taxable differently. It would be a nightmare for small online businesses to comply with this.

Additionally, there are 5 states that do not have any sales tax. Are those states and their online businesses supposed equip and staff themselves just to collect taxes for other states?
fluffy (rep: 2.17k) posted May 08, 2013
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glwrks
I'll have to check into this and make sure the store where I work does not need to change policy. We don't do online sales, but do ship out of state when requested.
glwrks (rep: 121k) posted May 08, 2013
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kevin07
It will probably affect everyone :(
kevin07 (rep: 18.4k) posted May 08, 2013
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wonderwoman1969
I do most of my shopping online because of the lower prices, no sales tax and gasoline savings. Paying sales tax would really suck but it wouldn't be a deal breaker. I think if the warehouse or online site is in your state where the item is being shipped then it would be ok for sales tax to be added. I haven't read up on this proposal so I don't know how it would work. It does seem like it would affect smaller retailers the hardest.
wonderwoman1969 (rep: 156) posted May 08, 2013
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