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December 12, 2013

In response to the Sun-Gazette published Associated Press article on New York State's tax on internet transactions, I find it disheartening – if not disgusting – that the article included "states......

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Dec-14-13 12:29 PM

I'm sure taxing online sales won't reduce property taxes. I'm also sure there's no bureaucracy on place to collect property taxes.

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Dec-13-13 6:10 AM

By the way, I have not purchased anything online in the last couple of years that was taxable, that I didn't PAY THE SALES TAX ON..... Whether in-state or out. I just wonder how much of the tax collected out-of-state actually gets paid to PA?

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Dec-13-13 6:05 AM

The sales tax that bothers me most? I like to buy clothing for my great-grandchildren. They did live at Eglin AFB in FL, and now at Ft Campbell, Ky. I purchase online and have the items shipped directly to them. I have been charged sales tax on every shipment BY THE RECEIVING STATES, FL and KY. I am a PA resident, using a PA banking institution.

When I questioned this practice, I was told by both the FL AG and the PA AG that it was legal. Not sure how they get away with this, as military bases are federal land. I don't think it's fair to PA residents to have to pay sales tax on clothing from anywhere!

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Dec-12-13 5:08 PM

Great Letter!

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Dec-12-13 12:38 PM

I propose a tariff tax on al imported and exported goods from state to state. This way we will be able to be taxed twice. Once from our state and once from theirs. Can never have to many taxes!

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Dec-12-13 10:59 AM

PA did have a law requiring sales tax on internet sales, but it could not be enforced on companies outside of PA. Only recently have Federal courts upheld the ability to enforce these laws across state boundaries. It will really hurt small internet companies because they will have to add personnel to process all of the paperwork involved in collecting all of the different state sales taxes. Another government regulation that hurts small business. Is it any wonder the economy just keeps going down?

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Dec-12-13 9:06 AM

Ah yes, the bitcoin.

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Dec-12-13 9:00 AM

They even have their own currency.

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Dec-12-13 8:58 AM

When are people going to realize that the Internet is not free. People and businesses are making money off of it. It is not free.

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Dec-12-13 8:18 AM

Texas: 'states governments should be smaller and operate with reduced budgets'

Now there's a novel idea!!

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Dec-12-13 7:58 AM

Read about the marketplace fairness act. This is what happens when big business and government get together. My suggestion is create a universal sales tax, but then how do you collect it from internet purchases from China or Korea.

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Dec-12-13 6:32 AM

You're correct Cap. I think Amazon started adding sales tax to online purchases sometime in late 2012. I kept all my receipts, and figured the tax on the taxable items and paid it when I filed my tax return.

I don't mind paying the sales tax on a taxable item ordered online. Most of the time, I can get the item cheaper and shipped to my home free of charge. If I had traveled to the mall, I might have found the item (if it could be found or was in stock), used gas, and still paid the sales tax.

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Dec-12-13 5:38 AM

I agree that the states governments should be smaller and operate with reduced budgets but a certain amount of revenue is necessary to fund services and activities. As more people do less shopping at conventional brick and mortar type stores, tax revenues will decline. It is appropriate that they are replaced with sales tax revenues from internet purchases; at the same time the percentages could be reduced to coincide with a reduced size government budget.

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Dec-12-13 5:38 AM

Great letter Wes and I couldn't agree more. However if I'm not mistaken companies are already required to collect a 6% sales tax for internet purchases for Pa residents and PA residents are also required to pay a Use Tax on line 25 of their tax form for any purchases made online that was not taxed.

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Dec-12-13 2:55 AM

Well said Wes!!!!

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