Customers often shop online
simply to save money by avoiding state sales tax on their purchases. However, recently Amazon has made the
headlines because they are looking to purchases be taxable, regardless of
whether they have a physical presence in a state.
Many shoppers are upset by
this rule simply because they have shopped online for so long without paying
sales tax that now their average ticket price will increase.
Although, I don’t necessarily
have an opinion on whether or not one should pay sales taxes on items purchased
online, I do have a question for you. Is
this a “fair” way to increase revenue?
Essentially, the state and
federal governments are behind on the income side of the equation. Since the housing crisis started and the
economy took a nose dive, government officials, the budget conscious and the
economic policy makers have been trying to determine ways to increase income.
Although, I don’t see this
as the way to change our future, I do feel this might be a valuable and simple
option to help boost income. If I have
to pay sales taxes on a shirt down the street, then you might as well have to
pay some sort of tax on the shirt that you buy online as well.
How do you feel about the online sales tax?
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Disclaimer: Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.