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      What has everyone heard about internet sales tax? Are they doing this in every state?

      I just read a story about Amazon dealing with sales tax suits from North Carolina and Texas. If they are going after Amazon like that, then are they going to come after us too? I ship out to every state on a daily basis and I donít want to have to deal with sales tax. I think thatís one reason why people shop online and I donít want to lose customers over this!

      Whatís happening with the internet sales tax Ė is it going to be state by state or a federal law?
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      Unfortunately more states are starting to hit online sellers to collect sales tax since they are financially struggling. What they donít see is that it is going to make us financially struggle if they arenít careful. There are already some states where you are supposed to collect sales tax Ė Rhode Island and New York to name two Ėbut more are jumping on the band wagon.

      Thereís a lot to look at

      ē Do you have a physical location in the state
      ē What is your annual income (used to be $5 million but they are changing it to $100,000)
      ē What do you sell

      The main thing is if you have a physical presence in the state. This is getting to be a grey area though as NC accused Amazon of having a physical presence because they had media partnerships there Ės o what did Amazon do? Cut them off.

      I think thatís whatís going to happen to their true physical locations. They will be moved to a more understanding state Ė not one like Texas who is going after $$millions in so called back taxes.

      Itís a state by state issue yes, but right now they are considering a federal law. Best thing to do is contact your congressman. Take away your vote that seems to be the only way to get their attention anyway.
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      Yeah since the states canít make their own money they want to come after us. This isnít the first time either. States have always been trying to get online sellers to collect sales tax and it hasnít worked. The scary thing is that it probably will this time because they are strapped for cash. We can fight it but Idk if it would do any good.

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      It just seems crazy to me that we are going to have to start factoring in sales tax and raising costs because the states feel we are operate in their borders. I only have one location and thatís not anywhere NC so I donít want them coming after me!

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      Taxes are just part of this deal it seems. The states want their fair share. I donít like how they are going about it though. At least try to talk it out before saying we owe back taxes Ė how can you owe back taxes when the law isnít in place? Makes no sense what so ever. Rep. Bill Delahunt (a democrat from Massachusetts) is just another politician trying to put his hand in my pocket.

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      Iím not sure if the federal law is going to require you to have a physical location in the state. Looks like they are just trying to find money wherever possible.

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      What gets me is the states saying they have lost money Ė how is that possible? How can you lose something youíve never had.

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      You might want to check out what the SST (Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement) and see what they are doing. Customers are supposed to be paying a ďuseĒ tax to their state after they purchase goods from online sellers but itís very rare when that happens. Thatís why they are coming after us.

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      Has anyone seen any studies about what would happen if people had to pay sells tax online? Will people still shop online? If they wonít then maybe that will get the lawmakers to back up and realize they canít make money this way.

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      There have been studies, though they are few in number, that try to predict what people would do. One study done by the University of Chicago said that sales tax online would cause a 24% percent drop off in time. While that number does seem realistic I donít think it would be long lasting.

      Sellers in New York for example saw a drop when they had to deal with sales tax issues there but Iím sure theyíve seen some kind of rebound since that time. It all comes down to what youíre selling too Ė online wholesalers dealing with jewelry and high ticket electronics will be hurt more than say a seller with DVDs.

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