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Amazon now Charging Tax!

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Posted on Sep 9, 2012 8:26:24 PM PDT
Bad Apple says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2012 8:52:43 PM PDT
Then who can we thank for pushing the same thing through in the United Socialist State of Texas? Susan Combs of the GOP.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 10:27:07 AM PDT
R-D says:
The Democrats are not to blame for this. I have put your posts on ignore as the information is false and it just encourages yelling.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 10:38:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2012 10:44:38 PM PDT
J. Diaz says:
Online retailers can no longer use tax loopholes? Shocking! Now that they actually have to find ways to compete with Brick & Mortar stores, online retailers may have to actualy have good return policies and customer service. I don't know about you, but I hate looking at empty strip malls. I buy local when I can, I buy amazon when I can't. Also, I do like haveing police and fire fighters, good roads, etc. in my area, so I don't mind paying my share to support it.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 7:14:33 AM PDT
What's funny is if, say you are from Missouri and you vacation in Tennessee. You buy something from a store, you are charged tax. If you tell them you are from Missouri, you still get taxed. If it is a shippable item, you can pay for it without paying sales tax and they will ship it tp you. I did this and the shipping was even free. I saved $54.00 in sales tax and probably about $10.00 in shipping cost. It arrived about two days after I came home.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 2:47:08 AM PDT
MikeT says:
That's because most (all?) states base the requirement to collect sales tax on the principal of "physical presence" within that jurisdiction (state). The store you are standing in is obviously "physically present" in the state of TN therefore that store is obligated to collect & pay TN sales tax. Same with county/parish and city sales tax. Same state, same company, operating two stores in two different counties/cities, but only 3 minutes apart, may have a difference in obligated sales tax collection rates. Where I am this can be as much as a 2% difference between counties/cities, last I bothered to check.

Absent a physical presence there is little the state can do, other than obligate the consumer to "voluntarily" file for owed sales tax. Obligating a company outside of that states jurisdiction to collect that states sales tax now gets into individual states rights, etc...

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 6:54:04 AM PDT
Please, other people from other States, please respond. I want to learn more about this sales tax collection when items being shipped to states where they don't have a store or warehouse allows no sales tax.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 10:32:33 AM PDT
MikeT says:
Perhaps you need a detailed explanation of the difference between interstate commerce and intrastate commerce? :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 11:20:05 AM PDT
All I know is, if I actually purchase a product in person at a physical store out of state, I have to pay that local sales tax. If I have them ship it, I don't have to pay any sales tax at all. Even my own local tax isn't included. I might even ge free shipping. If everyone purchased like this, they could save lots of money yearly.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 12:10:57 PM PDT
MikeT says:
Yup, and many do save a lot that way. I surely have. But, sadly, those days are likely coming to an end. :(

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 1:28:23 PM PDT
Another thing I found out. If you move from one state to another, the furniture you move could be subject to what is called a use tax. The state of Missouri had a property tax on furniture, cars, trucks, trailers, RV's and a few other things. Everything was dropped except cars and trucks. This tax gets reduced as they age. A brand new car valued at about $30,000 will cost you about $800.00 the first year and it will get reduced each year. If you have this car even for 30 years, your tax bill will be about $50.00. If you don't pay this tax, you don't get your plates. The use tax if for honest people who report what furniture they move. Missouri has a use tax, but I never knew anyuone who pais this if they moved from another state. They figured they lost out on sales tax when you purchased the furniture in the other state you lived in. So they have a use tax in place.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 7:47:02 PM PDT
Miami Nights says:
Well, you'll be shocked to find out that all the supposed new tax revenue won't be going to police, fire, transportation, or helping the people in general, but rather it will go to the politicians and their corporate pals. It won't be too long before you start seeing news stories about much of the money was simply lost.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 1:44:07 PM PDT
Stapler says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 3:24:10 PM PDT
Notice how the First Amendment starts with "Congress shall make no law...". The First Amendment does not say "Everyone shall respect and not ignore the opinions of everyone else."

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 1:08:56 AM PDT
J. Jones says:
oh i didn't know about the taxing i was so surprised to see that just now that i had to make sure i was at the right website. i think its a bummer. well its either pay now or later when you do your taxes. But I thought they left California because they didn't want to start taxing their customers :(

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 1:54:41 AM PDT
now, whats the use of buying from amazon if i will get taxed.. booooo

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 2:52:19 AM PDT
MikeT says:
Bigger/broader selection?
More stock?
One stop shopping?
Free shipping?
No driving to store?
Will often be less overall cost, taxes or not?

Keep in mind this issue is not exclusive to Amazon. The new sales tax schemes, when implemented, will apply to any/all business' selling products anywhere in the US.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 8:45:14 PM PDT
All I have to say is that it was nice while it lasted:)

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 6:46:15 AM PDT
JVAN says:
A company must charge (or collect, if you're into semantics), sales tax if they do business in that state (something more than just shipping to it).

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 1:26:03 PM PDT
I hope they don't start charging here. I enjoy buying from Amazon, but honestly the prices aren't as good as they used to be and if you add on tax + shipping. It will be faster to goto the store where I can actually look and play with the product while easily compare it to others.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 7:15:33 AM PDT
I live in VA. No taxes with my Amazon purchases yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 7:07:39 PM PDT
Not for long Amy - once that Amazon distribution center opens in Chesterfield & Dinwiddie...

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 8:43:50 AM PDT
Nick Boyer says:
I was just looking at my pre-orders for Cinderella and Brave on Blu-ray which is how I first noticed the taxing. Not sure if anyone has an answer for my question or not not but I am being charged tax on my Cinderella pre-order but not my Brave pre-order. I live in PA and knew I was going to be getting taxed soon enough, however I don't get why I'm only being charged tax on the one order and not the other.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 8:50:13 AM PDT
paper tiger says:
That is odd Nick. Did you buy Brave from a 3rd Party Seller or out of state vendor. If so there would be no tax. However if it is direct from Amazon both items should be taxed.

They also may tax you when your pre-ordered item ships. I have noticed that as well with pre-ordered items.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 10:22:21 AM PDT
Nick Boyer says:
That's what i was thinking but both are from amazon not third party. My only other thought was what u just said that they'll apply tax closer to the time of shipment since Cinderella ships out tomorrow but Brave doesn't ship out until next month.
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