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Green light for taxing Internet sales

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a challenge to a 2008 New York state law aimed at taxing Internet sales is good news. It means New York and and other states that are collecting sales tax on purchases from online merchants, even those with no physical in-state presence, can continue to do so. But it still leaves a confusing, inconsistent patchwork of state laws that is a source of annoyance to both online and ...

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smith
December 10, 2013
8:21 p.m.

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The idea that people are using brick and mortar as a showroom before buying online is little more than an anecdotal conclusion. I'm sure it happens, but what happens more is the brick and mortar carries a pathetic sampling of products--they all have the same thing as well--and one is driven to the internet to find the selection they are looking for. I'd much rather buy at a local store and take what I need home with me right now, instead of the pain in the neck order filling on line and waiting for delivery. As for saving on sales tax, the delivery costs remove any supposed savings there; many things cost as much or more when shipping is added in. Adding in the sales tax will make internet sales more expensive than brick and mortar.

wmarincic
December 11, 2013
11:20 a.m.

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All you liberals do is look for more TAX and FEES. I'm sick of all of the taxes I pay. I pay 40% state and fed income tax, Social Security tax, disability tax. Now I pay sales tax, property tax, school tax, gasoline tax, there is tax on the electric and gas and special excise taxes that goes who knows where and tax on the cable that are a half dozen different taxes and fees and the same on the cell phone. I bet the average person pays 25 to 30 different taxes each week and this state and country are BROKE. There is no accountability. The govt just lost 10 billion from the GM buyout that should never happen. Why isn't GM paying it back? Why don't they supply the govt with 10 billion worth of automobiles at retail cost? More than half of my paycheck every week is gone in taxes probably closer to 60%. Something needs to change in this country, we need to get rid of these MORON Democrats and Liberals, they are killing America and they are way to stupid to even realize it.

gazettereader
December 11, 2013
1:58 p.m.

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To say the government lost $10 billion on the GM deal is a rather closed-minded way of looking at it. Because of the deal and the jobs it saved, the government is now raking in an extra $40 billion of tax revenue every year. It's a win-win. Like they say, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

robbump
December 11, 2013
4 p.m.

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Those sales taxes and fees have always been there, and NYS businessmen HAD to collect them.
This change just means that others selling to NYS residents (and businesses) will have to do the same work of collecting state taxes as the brick & mortar sellers do. (btw, there IS a small fee earned by businesses, IF they file on time.)

wmarincic
December 13, 2013
7:17 a.m.

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Gazettereader Ford took nothing. GM would have been a more viable company without the government. I'm in the business for 30 years I know. The government went after republican owned GM dealers and shut them down ie; Salisbury Chevrolet. They stole the pensions from thousands and gave the money to their union cronies. It was a bad deal for most people.

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