VA Senators Praise Online Sales Tax Collection Bill

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In Virginia, you are already required by law to pay sales tax on online sales, but this law would make it easier for online retailers to collect it at the point of sale.
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huck

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If they were really smart they would REFUSE to charge taxes on online sales causing 49 other states to buy here for the discount which would generate jobs for those people out of work who are costing way more than the 250 milion they are claiming.

Why chase people away and burden our online sales people with yet another obstacle?

What sevice does the state provide for them besides plowing the raods for the UPS drivers who also pay taxes with very gsllon of fuel and every warehouse they own in the state.

And lastly why ehtically should we shaft a person in Wyoming because they bought something in charlottesville which may actually be drop shipped from chicago? Sounds like out and out extortion to me.
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They would praise it. More money to spend on people who do not contribute anything.
Just buying votes.
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Former frat Brat wrote:
If they were really smart they would REFUSE to charge taxes on online sales causing 49 other states to buy here for the discount which would generate jobs for those people out of work who are costing way more than the 250 milion they are claiming.
Why chase people away and burden our online sales people with yet another obstacle?
What sevice does the state provide for them besides plowing the raods for the UPS drivers who also pay taxes with very gsllon of fuel and every warehouse they own in the state.
And lastly why ehtically should we shaft a person in Wyoming because they bought something in charlottesville which may actually be drop shipped from chicago? Sounds like out and out extortion to me.
You're not paying sales tax to different states; you're paying sales tax in the state you're buying it from. Technically, we're supposed to be paying taxes for online purchases of over $100 (total) on our income tax.
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The problem with this tax is that it will create a burden and unfair competitive advantage against small business. They have to track your purchase, your tax, and send that revenue back to your state.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...
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This article sums it up nicely, if you don't feel like clicking the link, the followin quote is from it.
http://askville.amazon.com/Line-Sales-Tax-Bil...

"The bill actually requires online businesses to collect sales tax for every state their customers order from/reside in. For big businesses they have no problem complying with such laws as they have fully staffed legal and accounting departments.

For small businesses online, this is a joke. This is why all previous versions of this bill have been shot down. It will put a huge burden on the little guys to try to comply with the different sales tax laws for 50 states, which is not just a matter of different percentages for sales taxes...

Amazon can do this easily.

99.5% of the sellers on eBay for instance, cannot"

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If your distric(house)representitive votes for this bill, you should vote against them.
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They would praise it. More money to spend on people who do not contribute anything.
Just buying votes.
The military doesn't contribute anything?
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Vagal wrote:
They would praise it. More money to spend on people who do not contribute anything.
Just buying votes.
All sarcasm aside, the money is earmarked for VDOT (Virginia department of transportation) and infrastructure upkeep and upgrades.
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FWIW, I don't support the bill
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It simply means people are still ripped off the government crooks.
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Dude wrote:
<quoted text>You're not paying sales tax to different states; you're paying sales tax in the state you're buying it from. Technically, we're supposed to be paying taxes for online purchases of over $100 (total) on our income tax.
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The problem with this tax is that it will create a burden and unfair competitive advantage against small business. They have to track your purchase, your tax, and send that revenue back to your state.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...
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This article sums it up nicely, if you don't feel like clicking the link, the followin quote is from it.
http://askville.amazon.com/Line-Sales-Tax-Bil...
"The bill actually requires online businesses to collect sales tax for every state their customers order from/reside in. For big businesses they have no problem complying with such laws as they have fully staffed legal and accounting departments.
For small businesses online, this is a joke. This is why all previous versions of this bill have been shot down. It will put a huge burden on the little guys to try to comply with the different sales tax laws for 50 states, which is not just a matter of different percentages for sales taxes...
Amazon can do this easily.
99.5% of the sellers on eBay for instance, cannot"
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If your distric(house)representitive votes for this bill, you should vote against them.
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small businesses are exempt from collecting the tax. so this actually helps small businesses. which is why you can count on it not being passed.
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small businesses are exempt from collecting the tax. so this actually helps small businesses. which is why you can count on it not being passed.
I stand corrected, thanks for pointing that out. Here is the text of the bill.

http://www.marketplacefairness.org/bill-text/

section 2.c.

SMALL SELLER EXCEPTION.-A State is authorized to require a remote seller to collect sales and use taxes under this Act only if the remote seller has gross annual receipts in total remote sales in the United States in the preceding calendar year exceeding $1,000,000. For purposes of determining whether the threshold in this sub­section is met

you get a life ring and a lit lightbulb from me.
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May 7, 2013
 
Like Virginia expected the honor system to work when it comes to online sales tax in a pitiful economy such as we have. This bill hurts more than helps in many ways and I hope it fails in the House. Too many of us that live in rural areas that are miles away from the nearest Wally World will suffer. If Virginia would spend the money that they take from us a little more wisely this bill not be an issue. I think this enforcement will be counterproductive to our national economic growth in the long run. I swear I have never seen my countries priorities so skewed in all my years.
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May 8, 2013
 
Well, there goes my incentive not to shop on-line!
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Voters want to pay more of their incomes to taxes and Senators Warner and Kaine want more of our incomes so this makes everyone slap happy.
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What a wonderful idea! Not only does this mean that we all get to pay more tax, but it also makes everyone selling anything on the Internet a tax collector for all counties and municipalities in of states that have sales taxes. That will certainly be an incentive to keep all small business operators to stay on their toes. They will all have to maintain a library of tax schedules for each county and each municipality for each state.

Thanks for ignoring the best interest of both the consumer and small business.

Why would you pass such a bill?
Follow the money — from lobbyists hands to legislators’ pockets.
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Dude wrote:
<quoted text>All sarcasm aside, the money is earmarked for VDOT (Virginia department of transportation) and infrastructure upkeep and upgrades.
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FWIW, I don't support the bill
Yeah, and all lottery proceeds were supposed to go to education....
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May 8, 2013
 
Supposed to go the the House? Right, now there's a bunch of guys with objective attitudes and pocketbooks, not to mention loads of integrity. I see a definit increase in PACs contributions soon.
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Kuda wrote:
What a wonderful idea! Not only does this mean that we all get to pay more tax, but it also makes everyone selling anything on the Internet a tax collector for all counties and municipalities in of states that have sales taxes. That will certainly be an incentive to keep all small business operators to stay on their toes. They will all have to maintain a library of tax schedules for each county and each municipality for each state.
Thanks for ignoring the best interest of both the consumer and small business.
Why would you pass such a bill?
Follow the money — from lobbyists hands to legislators’ pockets.
Sales tax collection and reporting is cumbersome and time consuming which will require more staff, which will mean higher prices. Each state has it's own regulations and remittance requirements, so companies will need to adhere to all states' requirements. This ONLY makes sense if they can streamline the process and make it easier for companies to report and remit payment.
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Disillusioned wrote:
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Sales tax collection and reporting is cumbersome and time consuming which will require more staff, which will mean higher prices. Each state has it's own regulations and remittance requirements, so companies will need to adhere to all states' requirements. This ONLY makes sense if they can streamline the process and make it easier for companies to report and remit payment.
Jobs!!!!!!!!!!
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May 8, 2013
 
This just in... ticks demand more blood from the host animal!
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<quoted text>Jobs!!!!!!!!!!
And increased prices to pay in-house tax collectors!!!!!!!!!!
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Kuda wrote:
What a wonderful idea! Not only does this mean that we all get to pay more tax, but it also makes everyone selling anything on the Internet a tax collector for all counties and municipalities in of states that have sales taxes. That will certainly be an incentive to keep all small business operators to stay on their toes. They will all have to maintain a library of tax schedules for each county and each municipality for each state.
Thanks for ignoring the best interest of both the consumer and small business.
Why would you pass such a bill?
Follow the money — from lobbyists hands to legislators’ pockets.
you didnt read, small businesses won't have to collect the sales tax. this is actually something small businesses should be pushing for. it helps them.

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