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Christopher Rose Jul 1, 2014
I recall when this was initially brought up back in the beginning. And congress and others Hated the idea because they were afraid of "strangling" the internet. Out of state sales tax is precisely why I don't have a local book store anymore. I thought this was a bad idea then and now that people have gotten used to it tryng to just put taxes back where they were is going to be hard. It was like those tax free back to school shopping days. Another bad give-away that was hard to get rid of. And the Bush tax cuts. Government finances would be fine now and our national debt would have been close to paid off if they had just kept the marginal rates where they were.
Eq Videri Jul 1, 2014
This finally treats behemoth Amazon the same as local mom-and-pop retail shops, which is only fair.
dcampbell Jul 1, 2014
I would love to know how the question was asked.
From the poll announcement it was probably "Do you want to pay more taxes?"
It probably was not "Do you think tax laws should continue to favor out-of-state retailers over local retailers?"
The facts are undeniable, sales tax is due on online purchases - but North Carolina needs action by Congress to protect local retailers from remote retailers taking advantage of this out-dated loophole.
Brian Jenkins Jul 1, 2014
But yet you belittle the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party. Weird. Ill pay all sales taxes if they repeal the income tax.
miseem Jul 1, 2014
Sure. If it was available at a store here, you'd be glad to buy it here and pay sales tax with no complaint. But for some reason, buying it on line is totally different and paying sales tax is unfair. End result, you are wearing a shirt (or whatever) at your house, work, wherever, in NC. Why is how you bought it a factor in paying sales tax?
Andy Hairston Jul 1, 2014
I'm for charging sales taxes for online purchases. It's a sale - it gets taxed. Why the difference between brick-and-mortar and online?
wufpaker Jul 1, 2014
I dislike taxes as much as the next guy, but this proposal is fair - and sets a level playing field. The retail economy is shifting from bricks and mortar to online sales. If you read this forum, chances are that you've made an online purchase yourself - and bypassed a local store. I know I have. Much of the state's revenue is based on sales tax. If the sales are shifting to online, how else will the state recoup its lost taxes? This is very fair and not a case of the state going after something that is not theirs.
Kenny Dunn Jul 1, 2014
I'm totally shocked people don't like paying taxes. Just shocked. What a silly piece.
Hip-Shot Jul 1, 2014
I find that most of the time I purchase items online not because they are cheaper than brick and mortar stores, because the time you add shipping and handling they are more expensive, but rather the items are not found locally in stores. In a nutshell, the items I purchase online would be considered specialty items. This is more about bleeding citizens of additional taxes.
dennis8 Jul 1, 2014
Nobody likes paying taxes. However this one is fair.
Billy the Kid Jul 1, 2014
Because government needs more money to waste.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2015-01-14 14:37:58