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Old 10-05-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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I guess the free ride is over. Maybe this will help bricks and mortar retailers.

Georgians to pay 8% sales tax for online purchases - Atlanta Business Chronicle

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/...-pay-sales-tax
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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As an internet marketer, I'm definitely against this. You can't police the internet, so what makes people think they can tax it effectively?
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: ATL
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Thanks California....this will be nationwide by the end of this year
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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As an internet marketer, I'm definitely against this. You can't police the internet, so what makes people think they can tax it effectively?
Even if that is true, that is no reason to say they don't have to pay sales taxes. In any case, goods have to travel by land to reach a doorstep.

Either eliminate all sales tax, or tax evenly.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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The original reason there was no sales tax was to promote commerece over the internet. Not because it is difficult to police.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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Two things:

1) How is state sales tax 8%? I only pay 6% when I buy in the store. This makes no sense.

2) All this does is hurt online giants like Amazon and Overstock who will play by the rules. To get around it, all you have to do is hit eBay and buy from one of the stores there where the store owner is unlikely to add on sales tax. Or buy from someone headquartered overseas, where the sales tax most certainly won't be added. I've bought things from Hong Kong before. I don't know how they ship things so cheap, but they do, and it's really no more than had you paid shipping from the U.S.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:13 PM
 
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It also makes me wonder whose sales tax should we pay? If I go out of state, buy it, and bring it home, I pay their sales tax. If they bring it here, I buy it, naturally I pay Georgia's. But if I buy it online, where exactly did I buy it?

And I suppose there is still mail purchases that won't collect sales tax. Which might help the Post Office.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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This will be excellent for local businesses. It was very difficult for them to compete with essentially the world's largest duty-free store. We hear about making people pay their "fair share" in taxes...well, here's an excellent implementation of that.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:31 PM
 
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Well, you can level the playing field all you want, but slick business always wins.

Looks like Amazon is set to slaughter local business without a tax advantage. It's just a well run company.

Amazon same-day delivery: How the e-commerce giant will destroy local retail. - Slate Magazine
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'm just surprise at how the legislative conservative bubbas are all "low taxes!" "Taxes are Satan!" and "taxes is the devil's playground!" And yet, they somehow are able to sneak in this tax increase without so much as a squeak from the Tea Party.

You would think that the internet would held up as the shining example of a free-market paradise where ideas, commerce, and activity flow freely without hinderance from big government, big unionism, or monster mega-corporations.

It just goes to show how much of charade this whole "less government" mantra is from some folks. People don't mind big government and taxes; as long as it works only for them and not for others.


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