It CAN be collected and passed on to the local taxing authority.
However, there's no mandate that such collection take place in such a
There's a big difference. A retailer may act as a tax collector for any
That retailer who collects a bogus tax is open to litigation which they
A state law can never trump a federal law. In this case, federal law is
specific regarding taxes and the internet. That's why state guv'ments
are cryin' that giant whining sound.
Sure, if it's bogus.
But if they choose to collect the tax and pass it on to the appropriate
taxing authority, that's fine.
There's nothing that PREVENTS them from doing so. Fortunately for us,
neither is there anything that FORCES them to do so.
You should read the legislation more carefully. The federal law
prohibits forcing companies to collect sales taxes from out of state
customers. It does not prohibit states from charging or collecting use
taxes directly from the customers.
Some people don't seem to comprehend this distinction.
One is legally required to report it on one's state's taxes
and pay sales tax on it. Poster "Say What" is correct. Check
state tax instructions yourself.
The enforceability of these state sales tax laws is another
no you're not. if your supplier doesn't have a presence in your state,
your online purchases are federally exempt. simply factor that into
your purchase decision and if it makes sense, order from a supplier
outside your state and save the tax.
This thread gets my vote for most anal retentive of the year. Quick show of
hands - Who among the readers here has ever voluntarily sent their state a
sales tax payment for an out of state internet purchase?
On 12/26/07 6:21 PM, in article
And exactly who is going to be asking for these receipts?
I live in Texas, a state which has no state income tax. There is no
personal state tax filing, no forms, no affidavits, no audits. Sales taxes
are collected by businesses.
The Federal government has no incentive to care about this. If you live in a
state without an income tax, sales taxes are deductible, thereby possibly
reducing your federal income tax due.
Back to my original assertion -- This is the most anal retentive thread of
the year. I'm still waiting for that show of hands. Who here has sent
unsolicited sales tax payments for internet purchases to their state?
On 12/26/07 9:43 PM, in article
They are solicited. Google to verify the point.
I posted my carefully qualified comment only to be complete.
Fact is, states are trying to deal with the loss of sales
tax revenue from internet purchases.
I have at least once paid taxes on internet purchases. It
was due in small part to fear of possibly being audited for
other things. But other times I have blown it off, breaking
the law. Fact is it's a pittance. I happen to be grateful to
live in a country where the chances of my political leaders
being murdered, along with dozens of innocent people, are
slim. Paying taxes to support our government (while it's a
terrible system, I know you seriously could not come up with
another one). Your reaction is stupidity.
Why do you care what other people's personal choices are?
You some kind of busybody?
The bigger point of the thread is I paid some $4 in sales
tax yesterday to a local internet OEM parts supplier and
saved some $17 (Majestic's s/h charge) in transportation
etc. costs. The part was the same price both locally and at
These days, before ordering online from a company far away,
folks should either google or call their dealer and ask if
they have a parts department that sells through the
internet, with competitive yada prices.
On 12/27/07 12:58 PM, in article email@example.com, "Elle"
What a load of crap!!
So according to you, if I choose not to somehow send my state a tax payment
from out of state internet purchases I have made (as far as I know, there is
not even a mechanism to do so in my state), then I hate my country, I am
condemning the government to fall, its leaders to be assassinated, and I am
stupid. Now, who is overreacting here?
Huh? My point is, rhetoric aside, you are now the only person I have ever
encountered who admits to paying. I posted the question because I believe
it is a total non-issue for the vast majority.
Which is a monetary decision that makes perfect sense. I normally make the
same calculation (total cost including shipping & tax) when I decide where
and how to buy.
The only point (big or small) I have seen being thrashed in this thread is
this nonsense about paying sales taxes uncollected by internet vendors.
On 12/27/2007 1:25 PM E Meyer spake these words of knowledge:
No one is trying to tell you that you should pay it. That's up to you.
The only point I have made, and I think this is true of most of the
others in this thread who have posted, is that the tax exists, and the
authority to collect it exists. The states don't have the means, or in
some cases the desire, to collect it, and you can almost assuredly
continue to not pay sales tax on those items with impunity.
Similarly, I continue to exceed posted speed limits, because the state
(and county, municipal) authorities don't have the means to enforce the
law - they aren't able to stop me most of the time when I do it. But
when I do, I am aware that I am breaking a law; I'm just not likely to
get caught. When I make a purchase over the internet and do not pay
sales tax when I submit my taxes at the end of the year, I am breaking
the law; I'm just not likely to get caught.
"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your
problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the
On 12/27/07 1:47 PM, in article 47740148$0$28881$ firstname.lastname@example.org,
Totally true, 'though I still do occasionally trip over that unexpected
speed trap. I think the risk with the tax (at least until the states
discover the internet for their own uses) is substantially less.
Agreed, except I think this may change sooner rather than
later. It of course would likely require a change in federal
law to have any teeth, since the key probably is to get
internet stores to collect the tax.
The above denotes my thoughts as well, of course.
I pulled up to the dealership yesterday to make my
incredibly savvy parts purchase. One space right in front of
the showroom is available for beautiful me and my beloved
crate (my 1991 Civic). Dashing young man in gleaming white
shirt and nice tie (car salespeople have the nicest ties)
comes out to "greet me." I smile, greet him back, and point
out, "Purrs like a kitten, doesn't she?... Daggang Civic
won't die... I just need a few parts." Though defeated, he
laughs, nods, and strolls away. With my Honda, I ain't
She runs even better with the new ignition wires. :-)
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