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Tax online sales just like local ones

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New York state did the right thing, by itself and all those bricks-and-mortar, taxpaying, job-producing local merchants, when it passed a law in 2008 allowing it to collect sales tax from online giants like Amazon that have no direct physical presence here. The law expanded the definition of physical presence, applying it to online retailers that pay “affiliates” with in-state websites to direct buyers their way through advertisements, coupons, etc. We were glad to see ...

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April 5, 2013
7:44 a.m.

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Say everyone said alright to all of these new taxes..... Where would the money go? Would it be used to make the state solvent? No, it would be used to raise already bloated salaries and to start new duplicate programs...... In other words it would be wasted just like the tax money they steal from us now.

April 5, 2013
8:37 a.m.

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Customers are already obligated to pay a use tax on all out of state purchases, so the internet tax is not a new tax, it is just a more efficient means of collecting the sales and use tax. NYS would be better off, in regards to the Marketplace Fairness Act, if we won the impending US Supreme Court case, but simpler tax codes are more efficient.

April 5, 2013
10:13 a.m.

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You want a level playing field? Eliminate the NYS Sales and Use tax. We didn't have one prior to 1965. Now we have it and the Gazette acts like it is money that belongs to NYS. It is not. It is money that belongs to "we the people" that NYS confiscates from us. Taxing internet sales of businesses without NY Nexus is not going to hurt those businesses. It is going to hurt NYS residents.

April 5, 2013
9:07 p.m.

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Frankly, the arguments presented by the Gazette are a load of crap. Many internet merchants charge shipping, which greatly exceeds even New York's sales tax. People shopping online often have to pay for shipping to return merchandise, as well. These eliminate any supposed advantage online retailers might have over brick and mortar shops. In addition, online shoppers don't have opportunities that local shoppers enjoy, such as trying on clothes before they buy them, using display models of products, and more. Besides that, if a difference of 8% really makes a difference to buyers, most local retailers could simply reduce their prices that amount and make up the difference in increased sales.

Now, look at what real stores are doing. Virtually all retailers match competitors prices, so again, that 8% isn't enough to make a difference. Staples, for instance, will match it's online prices in it's own stores.

Next, New York State is not in the fund raising business. According to the U.S. Constitution (paraphrased), government is only supposed to raise the minimum revenue necessary to meet it's operational needs - not looking for new revenue sources that allow greater spending. Instead of seeking more more money, New York State should be cutting spending - drastically. Its the thinking typified by the Gazette's editorial that contributes to the monstrous deficits facing our nation.

April 6, 2013
8:27 p.m.

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Tax Tax Tax, New York is King at taxing everything but big business. Oh if you tax big business it will move out of state costing jobs. So lets tax even out of state businesses but not pay them to collect NY taxes just like NY doesn't pay NY business to collect taxes for the state. How about we try telling those idiots in Albany to stop throwing money at useless programs and crazy pensions or look for a job out of state. I ran a small business and the NYS tax dept was a nightmare to deal with, unreliable information from them but always had both hands out looking for more money. Maybe I'll move out of state and spend my money in another state that has half the taxes and no wannabe King for governor!