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Not long now til NY places a tax on breathing. They've exhausted almost every other medium already.
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Before we begin, let me state very clearly that I hate paying taxes as much as the next guy. But that said, anyone who thinks that that "no taxes on internet purchases" is some fundamental right is just SO wrong. You actually already owe those taxes. The only reason it is not being collected is because the feds and the states have not gotten together to come up with a uniform way to charge appropriate taxes. In these days of shrinking tax revenues in every level of government, the fact that some localities are taking it upon themselves to do this should not be a surprise to anyone. And once this starts taking effect and generating revenue for those municipalities, you can effect everyone else to take notice and be far more open to drawing up that uniform sales tax methodology.

I know people get up in arms about this, but those of you that find this to be some crime against humanity need to grow up a little bit. Take advantage of the loophole while you can perhaps, but don't whine like spoiled kids when the loophole is eventually closed.

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Originally Posted by Redmist View Post
With this, they're basically taxing a data transfer, and don't we already pay for internet access?
The digital copy of that song is a product you are paying for, and therefore clearly taxable. There is no difference between taxing digitally downloaded music and a CD...you don't pay $11.99 + tax for that circlular piece of plastic, you're paying for the content on that piece of plastic.

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Originally Posted by BizzareRide View Post
If they get away with this then whats stopping them from taxing our cookie downloads every time we visit website - We'd be force to visit the same sites throughout the month to avoid fees.
Because a cookie is not a product or service you are paying for. But if the web site charges you a fee to use their services, then they can and would charge you tax on that service.
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I wouldn't be surprised if they started taxing people for flushing toilets, too.
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Soon we'll see Steam tax )
Don't help them.
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post #15 of 82
Reporting and paying taxes for online purchases once a year is one thing, but taxing at the time of the download is much more money. I reported $1000 of online purchases on my tax forms for 2007 and paid ~$2 in taxes for it.
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Wow, sales tax on physical products bought online is bad enough, now this? I have to pay tax on things I buy from Newegg because they have a warehouse in NJ, but still at least its still basically sales tax on a physical item.

With this, they're basically taxing a data transfer, and don't we already pay for internet access?

Glad I don't live in NY... (not that I use Itunes either, but this is just the beginning. Soon we'll see Steam tax )
Lol why, you don't use iTunes already and you have to pay Newegg taxes. By that I rather stay in NY.
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We already pay levies on blank cd's and mp3 players up here, thats one of the reasons the entertainment industry can't do much, considering the levy was placed to offset all the stuff that people download.
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Didn't NY already repeal the "Amazon tax"? Isn't this essentially the same but even on a even less tangible good?
No, but they did provide a 'loophole' such that if you or your 3rd parties don't actively advertise in the state or utilizing the state's advertisers then you don't need to collect the e-store tax. Since newegg doesn't advertise aside from e-mails (in NY at least) is why they were able to remove the tax.

This whole thing irks me because the government here doesn't seem to care about cutting excess and instead heads right for education and taxing more/new stuff.
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The digital copy of that song is a product you are paying for, and therefore clearly taxable. There is no difference between taxing digitally downloaded music and a CD...you don't pay $11.99 + tax for that circlular piece of plastic, you're paying for the content on that piece of plastic.
Actually, you're paying for the limited license to use the that circular piece of plastic that happens to have music content on it.

Go RIAA!
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I wouldn't be surprised if they started taxing people for flushing toilets, too.
It's called a sewer tax.
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