Amazon Gets $269M Bill for Uncollected Texas Sales Tax

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davzway

FEDERAL government should live by and enforce only as allowed by the US Constitution.   The FED has been abusing it's authority for many years, and the internet tax issue is just another facet of the Monster the FED has become.  IF a company does not have a physical presence in a State, they should NOT be forced to collect, nor should the State collect sales tax for that company.   State's wanting more TAXES, encourage business's to have facilities in their state.   Illegal taxing should never be allowed.  davzway

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yr

Isn't it amazing that the government has nothing better to do than spend money on legal fees for a case that has already been lost in several other states?! If the government would just try to stop flushing OUR money down the toilet (or shoving it into their back pockets) they could probably cut sales tax in HALF for the brick and mortar stores too!

Proof that the government can manage its finances... I'll let you know if I ever find some.

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tri8gman

I'm sure that you realize that the state governments are separate from the federal government, though related to a degree. When people say "the" government, they're talking fed. If you're making a generalization about governments, you didn't go about it very well.

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Hydian

@jlh304

As a business, you are responsible to collect sales tax for the consumers in a state that you have a physical presence in, not in all 50 states.  States don't have jurisdiction to levy a sales tax on sales conducted outside of their boundaries.  They can get around this by levying a "use tax" or something similar, but the businesses can't be held responsible for collecting it.

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jlh304

Danthrax66

I don't know where you get your facts from.  As a business owner I'm responsible to pay sales tax not the consumer.  I have to fill out paper work, and get audits to make sure it gets done.  if someone didn't pay the state comes after me not the consumer.  it is the business's duty, propable because people wouldn't claim half of what they bought.

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Shrody

The 2010 compounded Military budget for the U.S.A. is around 620 Billion dollars. How about they quit shooting at reporters and civilians and cut us (the people paying for this sh!t) some slack. And while they are at it, why don't they stop taking 40% of my yearly income. Or is keeping my hard earned money too much to ask?

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tri8gman

These are STATE GOVERNMENTS, not the FEDERAL government.

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schwit

I buy stuff at Amazon, NewEgg and Ebay not so much because of availability, but because brick and mortar stores are not competitive.

Simple things like cables that are $3 on ebay are $20 at Staples or BestBuy. Having to pay taxes won't change that.

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harbingercmt

What Texas is trying to do has already been declared a violation of the United States Constitution.  If you would like to know why, just do a search for Quill v. North Dakota (there are other similar rulings, but this one is fairly recent) or read the Commerce Clause section to the U.S. Constituion.

I would try to explain it to you all, but I find people will more readily accept the truth if you let them discover it themselves...so swish back that red pill and see what you discover.

Best.

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tri8gman

Honestly, do people really not know the difference between the state and federal governments and what they do?

Wars are the concern of the federal.

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Danthrax66

It doesn't matter the burden of paying sales tax falls on the consumer. If you buy something online you are supposed to report that and pay it to your state; most stores do this for you so you don;t have to worry about. But if you order something online you as an individual have to pay the sales tax of course no one checks this but that is the law.

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I Jedi

I understand what it is that you are saying, but who is honestly going to rat themselves out for having not paid taxes on merchandise?

"Oh, yes, please, government, take more of my money away, so you can spend it on important things, like expensive dinners, pricey hotels for congressmen, and a whole slew of other wasteful spending!"

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tri8gman

"Nevermind that when I don't give you money, both important things and bloat lose money, not just the bloat!"

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Biceps

Not paying sales tax equates to a 7-10% discount, depending on the state (with the exception of Oregon, etc).  The age-old argument that charging state sales tax would damage online retailers no longer holds as much water... these retailers by and large now operate in a mature industry where best practices have been established.

Taxes suck, but it is unfair to burden brick and mortar store owners with them and exclude online retailers from the same burden.

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routine

You're abosolutely right!

We should stop taxing the brick and morter stores too.

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binkievanes

I am a longterm customer and order a lot from electronics to kitchen stuff to tools , garden equipment and evrything in between, all for the convenience of shopping from home and good pricing. It would be fair to add salestax to be honest, would i like it : not at all. Would I continue to order: yes. The convenience and the extreme good customer service weighs more to me

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JohnP

 I agree 100%. I buy a ton of stuff from Amazon, and two key things keep me going back to them, no sales tax and free shipping (over $25). That makes Amazon my goto place for damn near everything. Now if one of those went away, I am still OK.

  I love online shopping!

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