The U.S. Senate recently passed a measure authorizing states to require online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases made via their websites. In last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if they believe online consumers should pay sales tax on their purchases. Half of the respondents said yes, while 40% said no, and the remaining 10% were unsure.
Otherwise it's unfair to brick-and-mortar stores. Plus state and local governments need the revenue.
I benefit from not paying sales tax on online purchases, but my local businesses and local governments don’t. How would international online sales be handled?
If all I have to do to avoid paying sales tax on something is to buy it online, I think I'll buy my next automobile online.
Nothing like trying to make it even harder on small businesses!! Now politicians want them to jump through more hoops to collect sales tax! I would think they would want people to prosper and have jobs! Not to mention stimulating consumers to purchase goods whether online or in the stores! Why is it always about taxing…..the government trying to “stick it to the man” once again! Sometimes I wonder how much of our taxes are actually used properly or if they are just lining another crooked politician’s pocket!
Of course, I don't want to have to pay it, but I believe it is fair.
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