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When Did the GOP Become Tax Collectors for Liberal States?

ctruax Wrote: May 06, 2013 11:01 AM
I believe in fairness and a level playing field. If the Internet merchant must charge sales tax they should only collect the portion of sales tax that exceeds the amount of shipping and handling which the local merchant does not charge. Inmost cases the shipping charges would be more than the sales tax so no tax would be due.
Curtis108 Wrote: May 06, 2013 1:37 PM
Gee, genius... how do you think the merchandise gets to those brick and mortar stores? It ain't the freight fairy...
Corbett_ Wrote: May 06, 2013 1:49 PM
Curtis:

It costs a hell of a lot less to ship an item as part of a truckload than it costs to ship it individually. That is what ctraux is referring to.
Stan432 Wrote: May 06, 2013 3:06 PM
Internet vendors still have to have it shipped to their warehouses too . . . genius
Corbett_ Wrote: May 06, 2013 11:17 AM
Even that would be wrong. You must also factor in compliance costs. A physical store has to keep up with 2 or 3 tax rates (state, county & city) at the most. A webstore will have to keep up with thousands.
Michael3116 Wrote: May 06, 2013 12:22 PM
Same compliance costs would apply as you'd still report the sales and taxes deferred due to shipping costs to those same governmental greed machines.
Corbett_ Wrote: May 06, 2013 1:47 PM
Michael:

It costs less to comply with the laws of 3 jurisdictions than thousands. Just KNOWING the ever-changing tax laws for all those jurisdictions makes it prohibitively expensive.