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If I'm buying something online from another state, why should my state care since i didn't buy it here, and why should the other state care since I don't live there?

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Your state cares because they want "their" sales tax money regardless of where you buy something. The other state (where the retailer is located) doesn't factor into it.

But that still doesn't make sense from a taxpayer's point of view since the state taxes my income that I use to buy the item.

You should only have to pay taxes in the state where you bought the item.
Edited by aweir - 3/21/13 at 6:52pm
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Honestly, the country needs revenue and millions of people shop online. They NEED to tax online sales. (U.S. really needs to raise taxes in general, but that hedges on prohibited talk...)

Everyone will whine and complain but it is a guaranteed eventuality.

Yes. Because it is the American citizen's fault that our country is failing and we should pay for it out of our pockets... yet again. Middle class keeps shrinking and people think paying MORE taxes will fix that?
post #83 of 243
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No one has yet discussed how to legally implement a system where someone in one state purchases goods online in another state. Who do you tax? Who receives the tax? By what authority is that tax levied? What about sales where the products are stored offsite, potentially in yet another state?

That part's simple. The company collects the tax based on the customer's state of residence, and remits it to said state. The authority would come from Congress, which has jurisdiction under the Constitution to regulate interstate commerce.

Here's an example: Bob (who lives in Kentucky) buys a widget from Amazon, which is based in Washington state. Amazon would levy and collect Kentucky's 6% sales tax on the purchase (since Bob lives there) and remit that sum to that state's treasury.

As for where the item was warehoused before sale, it would make absolutely no difference to the outcome under the proposed law.
Edited by svenge - 3/21/13 at 7:14pm
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I honestly agree with this, I think it should be standard. However, that defeats the purpose of buying online for me, the best thing about it was that it was cheaper. If it is going to be the same price if I go a mile down the street to buy something or wait almost a week or more for something to ship buying from an online store, I'll go down the street.
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US needs money!! Then why do they send 1/2 our tax dollars to other countries... rolleyes.gif
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In Canada it used to be if you bough from another province at least from BC to ON you payed i believe only Federal TAX of 5%. This made it good since you did not have to pay the other 8% provincial TAX. Now they merged them both so no matter when you buy you pay 13%. Unless there is a US Federal Tax you should not be paying State TAX if you are not buying from your own State.
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I honestly agree with this, I think it should be standard. However, that defeats the purpose of buying online for me, the best thing about it was that it was cheaper. If it is going to be the same price if I go a mile down the street to buy something or wait almost a week or more for something to ship buying from an online store, I'll go down the street.

True, but the "physical nexus" restriction on interstate taxation has unintentionally grown into a massive distortion in the market. Since the primary argument used at the time against it (how onerous it was to the selling company to comply with 50 states' tax laws) has largely been alleviated due to technology, perhaps the time has come to change it.
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US needs money!! Then why do they send 1/2 our tax dollars to other countries... rolleyes.gif

I highly doubt that any of the 50 state governments appropriate any funds for foreign aid. International relations are a Federal responsibility and paid by Federal taxes.

Somewhere in America, your Civics teacher is crying...
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Honestly, the country needs revenue and millions of people shop online. They NEED to tax online sales. (U.S. really needs to raise taxes in general, but that hedges on prohibited talk...)

Everyone will whine and complain but it is a guaranteed eventuality.

What a gross misunderstanding of economic "needs". We do not "need" to tax online sales. I curious if you can demonstrate the need, though, specifically showing estimates of the expected tax revenue versus current and projected government expenditures.

No one has yet discussed how to legally implement a system where someone in one state purchases goods online in another state. Who do you tax? Who receives the tax? By what authority is that tax levied? What about sales where the products are stored offsite, potentially in yet another state?

Gross misunderstanding. Really?
Lets just assume that 50% of the people now do most of their shopping online. If 10% (very generous) of that 50% actually pay taxes on their online purchase, we are talking about a 45% decrease in sales tax revenue. Consider this on top of the various decreases in federal income tax over the last decade+ and you have anemically funded central/state government who is responsible for funding schools, roads, subsidizing farmers, military defense, welfare, medicare etc. etc.

Everyone replies to my post " Blah blah just spend better... spend less... More taxes are the Devil..." Wake up, if the situation was so simple we wouldn't be in such dire straits. Besides cutting military spending in half(which still won't decrease costs nearly enough), What are your proposed solutions???
I'm waiting........

Just cutting government spending is not as helpful as it sounds. Jobs end up being lost which just creates a worse economic situation. Generally speaking government spending should be increased in a recession or depression to stimulate economic growth and create jobs.

This is a very complex economic problem and just spending less or more intelligently is not going to make it all go away. Revenue must be increased. You can all complain and whatnot as much as you like. The bill will most likely pass. I don't want to pay more taxes, but that's not to say that they are not needed.
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EVERYTHING shouldn't be taxed. Reduce our current outrageous budgets (defense, military) and corporate tax loopholes and we can get somewhere.
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i say, fewer taxes and cut all social programs. government should handle nothing outside safety and security.
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