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The internet has seen a boom of online purchasing. To my mind it’s a drawback when a person in one state can make a purchase in another state and not be charged a sales tax. It hampers commerce within the state for many online businesses. Why pay sales tax to a business in your state when you can purchase out of state and save a buck or two?

I know they think they had good intentions when they made those tax laws but it’s really hindering commerce rather than helping it. The states’ revenues from sales tax is down because more and more people are turning to the internet to make their purchases. To make up the difference states are raising taxes and putting an even larger burden on their own working and locally purchasing constituents. Myself, I don’t mind paying the taxes for purchases regardless of where I purchase them. If I were visiting out of my home state and made a purchase I would be charged sales tax so why should the internet be any different?

There are plenty of other reasons to use the internet for shopping, such as:

1. Saving gasoline which will help slow down the emissions that Al Gore says are heating up the planet and causing global warming so he can spend more time in his jet … not to mention the fact that gasoline prices continue to rise… dollar for dollar shipping costs are a lot cheaper because you can transport in bulk rather than single purchases .

2. You don’t have to have a major upheaval at home getting the kids ready to go to store after store after store chasing sales.

3. Or put up with their bickering in the back seat because they are bored.

4. You don’t have to fight your way through traffic congestion.

5. You don’t have to worry if you left your glasses behind when you need to read the fine print.

6. You don’t have to worry about the idiot who’s late for work trying to ram your vehicle down the street so he can get around you.

7. You don’t have to worry about all those uninsured motorists allowed on the roads today.

8. Fighting the sales crowd and rude shoppers in the stores.

9. Shorter checkout times. (I really hate having to spend 30 minutes in a checkout line when my shopping time takes less than half that time, not to mention getting stuck even  longer if a price check has to be done.)

10. Finding what you need is just a search engine away.

2 Responses to Interstate commerce and taxes

  • Ogre says:

    Why shouldn’t it be taxed? Because government simply does not have the authority. If I am a resident of the state of North Carolina and I do not physically walk into SC, but make a purchase, the state of SC has absolutely no jurisdiction to tax me.

    Yes, I know they soon will because the states will all join “compacts” in which their will be regional sales taxes — and that will be even worse because they will be ruled by boards appointed by states. Know what that makes? Absolute taxation without any representation.

    Then again, in NC we haven’t been allowed to elect representatives for decades.

  • hillbilly says:

    Well, that’s true and I didn’t really think of it that way. I just know that, being self employed with an internet services related company, that it’s harder to get one customer in state than getting many from other states because the in-state customers have to pay taxes whereas the out of state customers don’t. I was just a little frustrated over that fact.

    It’s almost impossible to make a good reputation for oneself locally and, being an internet related service, impossible to establish an internet presence in a glutted market without resorting to the tricks that most of them pull to gain customers when I’d rather just deliver honest upfront services.

March 2007


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