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  • raleighlynn Nov 23, 7:47 p.m.

    No raise in the last four years. I pay enough in income tax to state and federal. If you find the state of N.C. has owed you money for over a few years, you're S.O.L. getting it back. So, no, shopping online does not trip my Catholic guilt complex whatsoever.

  • Bartmeister Nov 23, 7:36 p.m.

    Remember that when you do not get your next raise.
    piene2

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    Your next raise depends on the state budget? Bwahaha......... No wonder you're suffering. Good thing Perdue wasn't running again, you'd never get a raise!!!

  • fkhaywood Nov 23, 6:07 p.m.

    I am retired and live on a fixed income. If I'm lucky I might get a 2% increase some years. I buy a lot of stuff online 1) to save money, & 2) I cannot find the item in local stores. It costs money to run around trying to find things. Wal-Mart does not carry every thing. Shipping is usually more than the 6.75 % sales tax, so I need the cheaper price of on-line shopping.

  • ripetomatoes Nov 23, 2:25 p.m.

    So you pick and choose which laws you obey and what you steal. There are a lot of stories in here every day about people just like that.piene2

    You just described the NC Legislature and the US Congress.

  • radium Nov 23, 12:29 p.m.

    I'm just following the Republican mantra of not paying taxes. You can't have it both ways, either none of us pay taxes or we all pay taxes. I prefer not to pay....GO REPUBLICANS!!!!!!

  • smdrn Nov 23, 12:20 p.m.

    Part of the gov't problem is all the estimating that they do. They estimate the amount of sales tax they think they are losing. Most people buy online because the prices are better and it can be delivered directly to their homes. Not to avoid sales tax. And it's not just what you buy online that NC wants to tax you on...it's everything you buy out of state and bring back to use here. So you can pay another state's sales tax, and NC wants to tax you again. Sorry, sounds like NC is stealing from us. Maybe if NC stops taxing us on our state refund checks, since we've already paid tax on that money and that is what we overpaid, maybe I'll start filling out the use tax section.

  • wayneboyd Nov 23, 12:03 p.m.

    I live by one simple rule...If I didn't need it today. I certainly can do without it tomorrow.

  • piene2 Nov 23, 11:52 a.m.

    "Remember that when you do not get your next raise. I hate to disappoint you but I do pay my sales tax and have a copy of every single tax return I have ever filed to prove it. piene2

    Sanctimonious drivel... Taxed enough already.
    ripetomatoes"

    So you pick and choose which laws you obey and what you steal. There are a lot of stories in here every day about people just like that. They are always treated very harshly by the posters here.

  • ripetomatoes Nov 23, 11:39 a.m.

    Remember that when you do not get your next raise.
    I hate to disappoint you but I do pay my sales tax and have a copy of every single tax return I have ever filed to prove it.
    piene2

    Sanctimonious drivel...
    Taxed enough already.

  • piene2 Nov 23, 10:56 a.m.

    "I would think that all of the people advocating higher taxes would line up to pay these additional sales taxes. If they do not, then they are full of hypocrisy.
    Phenylalanine"

    I hate to disappoint you but I do pay my sales tax and have a copy of every single tax return I have ever filed to prove it.

  • piene2 Nov 23, 10:42 a.m.

    "how can the state budget suffer from what it never had in the first place?
    nnc2stay"

    Remember that when you do not get your next raise.

  • Phenylalanine Nov 23, 10:38 a.m.

    I would think that all of the people advocating higher taxes would line up to pay these additional sales taxes. If they do not, then they are full of hypocrisy.

    The easy way to avoid this is to reduce your consumption as much as possible - it is quite nice to have money left over in case you need it.

  • pappybigtuna1 Nov 23, 10:26 a.m.

    To STEAL: To take from another without right or permission; To commit theft: Syn. V. 1. filch, pilfer

    NO Taxation without Representation, ie none of the present elected act for the interest of the citizens of North Carolina, nor do they serve the populas as they said they would. This is a breach of contract.

    There is very little if anything that is not TAXED in NC, We presently are dealing with the most corrupt elected in the history of our state, they can not curb wasteful spending.

  • cruzinlong Nov 23, 10:15 a.m.

    how can the state budget suffer from what it never had in the first place?
    Just another way to s%$#@ the unemployed who are trying ( HAVING to ) eaak out a living by selling practically everything they own to live day to day.
    Rest assured, our predominate right wing legislature will see to it this tax is enforced though.

  • Hip-Shot Nov 23, 10:14 a.m.

    Sure sales taxes are not being collected from internet sales, but you're paying shipping and handling fees which is in most cases more than the sales tax would have been at a store physically located in the state.

    And, given the choice of buying an item online or at a physical store I would choose the physical store any day as I prefer to look at or handle the item before purchase. Most of the items purchased online are simply not available at a brick and mortar store... the variety is not there.

  • immaannoid Nov 23, 10:04 a.m.

    "Umm, it's called the law and the state says you owe sales tax on it. "

    It's a law that overreaches their authority, as the purchase in not completely transacted in NC.

    They have no right to tax such purchases and I will NOT pay them.

  • shadowkreeper Nov 23, 9:50 a.m.

    Piene and energy man. I see your valid points, and offer no argument. I just agree with the rest of the comments here who believe it's not the governments money to begin with. I am against the laws, and would love to see spending cuts along with the sales tax eliminated. I unfortunately do not buy very many items online. I don't fault those who evade the sales tax either, perhaps I should. I fault the government for creating the tax to begin with.

  • koolady Nov 23, 9:35 a.m.

    It is not the states money. I earned it. The more they collect the more they waste.

  • SaveEnergyMan Nov 23, 9:33 a.m.

    "your kidding right? Finding a way to keep my own money is like shoplifting? Wal-mart isn't forcing me to buy it's product, and then taking my money. The state is... how is that the same?"

    "The gov. should spend more time worrying about people who don't pay taxes and how to get them to work so they can."

    Umm, it's called the law and the state says you owe sales tax on it. You can't pick and choose the laws you want to follow, even if you don't like them. Don't like it, then have the law changed - I hear there's a new party in power. If you don't pay the sales and use tax, then you are one of those criminals you so quickly criticize. I hope the state goes after those not paying to help raise revenue - rather than raise my taxes.

  • wildpig777 Nov 23, 9:31 a.m.

    well we sure would'nt want gov ment in raliegh to miss out on any potential revenue now would we? heres a profound thought--
    SINCE WHEN WAS IT THE JOB OF GOV MENT TO FERRET OUT NEW SOURCES OF REVENUE AND TAX THE CITZENS AT EVERY CHANCE?

    demand change-- i know after 120 yrs of democrat dominance in nc --change will be hard maybe even impossible to accept-- but we must try. tell the new boss [the same as the old boss] his first duty should be -LOWER AND REPEAL TAXES IN NC.

  • LuvLivingInCary Nov 23, 9:28 a.m.

    yea. so they can take the online sales from wake country and send them to some poor county for their pork projects. not on my visa card.

  • immaannoid Nov 23, 9:28 a.m.

    State Government in NC is beyond inefficient. Try cutting costs and removing the deadwood, which about 1/2 the people that are on the state payroll.

  • greg69innc Nov 23, 9:23 a.m.

    NC would see a increase in revenue when the half of million people can return to sustaining themselves and our legislatures realize that having the highest sales tax and gas tax in the south is only encouraging the people here to look at other means to pinch those pennies

  • shadowkreeper Nov 23, 9:14 a.m.

    Piene2:". To not do so is simply stealing, just as surely as if the people went into a store and shop lifted the merchandise."

    your kidding right? Finding a way to keep my own money is like shoplifting? Wal-mart isn't forcing me to buy it's product, and then taking my money. The state is... how is that the same?

  • mattcli Nov 23, 9:12 a.m.

    The state isn't "losing" anything. If I choose to eat at Wendy's is McDonald's "losing" money? No. I wasn't going to eat there to begin with. If the state and brick and mortar stores want MY money they need to compete for it. If they can't, then tough. I'm going to look out for my interests first. Is that selfish? Yes. Is that wrong? Not at all. You have to get your own house in order before you start worrying about someone else.

  • PetulantHarbinger Nov 23, 9:07 a.m.

    Thanks for the money-saving tip, WRAL!

  • The Anti Hans Nov 23, 9:00 a.m.

    I feel no compunction about not reporting online purchases on my tax return. When I order online I'm paying to have my product shipped; when I can, I choose a non-USPS carrier to ensure that my money is going to support jobs in the private sector. As for the idea that I'm "stealing" by not paying sales tax ... kind of tough to argue that it's stealing when it's my own money, isn't it?

  • lisaclark2 Nov 23, 8:59 a.m.

    If I spending my money in North Carolina that's fine. I do think taxes are already taken out of my earnings before it is deposited into my checking account. The gov. should spend more time worrying about people who don't pay taxes and how to get them to work so they can. Yes I voted Romney.

  • mittnfriends Nov 23, 8:51 a.m.

    States rights! Leave the state alone you libs! If they want tax revenue from your online purchase that's their right. Anytime we allow stuff to be handled at the state level, that's a good thing. Governments are people, my friend.

  • piene2 Nov 23, 8:50 a.m.

    "One of the perks of online shopping, besides avoiding those long lines, is no sales tax."

    That, of course is not quite true. Online purchases are supposed to be reported on tax returns. To not do so is simply stealing, just as surely as if the people went into a store and shop lifted the merchandise. I find this issue greatly revealing of people's true character. Once the thin veneer of hypocrisy is stripped away their true character is revealed and it usually is not pretty. Predictable, of course but as I said, not pretty.

  • Hill55 Nov 23, 8:48 a.m.

    @ThatGuyYetAgain, well said!

  • Hill55 Nov 23, 8:47 a.m.

    I consider it a break even. The state fails to do many of its tasks so the sales tax saved, little as it is, offsets the costs i incur for failed state services. We can start with their failure to maintain the county roads.

  • unblankenbelievable Nov 23, 8:44 a.m.

    It's not the states money to begin with, It's ours. They tax our paychecks and what ever is left is ours to do what we please. I get the feeling the government will not be happy until they get every dime we make. Bout time the citizens had one up on our corrupt system.

  • cdtech20059 Nov 23, 8:42 a.m.

    The state can eat it.

  • smithrw Nov 23, 8:41 a.m.

    This all represents the same non-constructive rhetoric that has helped us get into our current position. Unless we are all also willing to advocate for specific cuts to government spending that affect us directly, we will get nowhere.

  • ThatGuyYetAgain Nov 23, 8:29 a.m.

    This sounds to have been written by a Well Trained Little Citizen - good job, comrade! Let's see, if I find a way to keep more of what I earn, that "costs" the state. If you take the perspective that the state owns what I earn, that makes sense. My perspective is that the state has no business taking a cut of what I earn just because I need to buy a new pair of shoes.

  • shadowkreeper Nov 23, 8:23 a.m.

    So we get robbed by the state every day. Now the state wants me to voluntarily rob myself for them? Outrageous!!! Beth Stevenson needs to get a real job. I could care less what the government loses in revenue, I'm just glad we've finally found a way to get their hands out of our pockets.

  • jhk0704 Nov 23, 8:17 a.m.

    HAHAHA what a joke. Im not keeping track of my online purchases so the state cant collect and then waste more of my money. Why would i help the state tax me more?

  • wayneboyd Nov 23, 8:11 a.m.

    Downsize state government to align with its income, that's the way the private sector copes.
    BTW Mrs. Stevenson how much did you shop on line last year, and how much tax did you pay?

  • whatelseisnew Nov 23, 8:05 a.m.

    It is not costing the State anything. We are overtaxed. Sales tax should not exist. Try cutting spending.

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