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December 2, 2011 at 07:56:50
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This week's poll question is about news that Amazon is supporting a standardized system for collecting sales tax on Internet purchases. Discuss here if you think the Internet should remain free from sales tax, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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December 2, 2011 at 15:01:52
Internet sales tax is necessary to equalize the local and non-local sellers. Unless maybe an increase of income or property taxes. Local services must be paid for.

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December 2, 2011 at 18:03:49
NYS, as well as many others, have been charging a "Use Tax" on their State Tax Returns for years.

This tax is supposedly there to cover purchases made over the Internet where no Sales Tax was charged.

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December 3, 2011 at 00:27:42
While sales tax is appropriate not having it would help small business would hurt the economy in the long run nothing will be done in stores meaning little commercial growth if any I think what has to go is shipping cost I should be able to buy something online for the same exact price that I do at a store. It would promote smaller inventory which means smaller space needed to do sales and if something is really important it can always be picked up at the warehouse you could simply pay for at at the store show up at warehouse with a receipt and your package would most likely already be waiting for you. I personally would not go to a store ever.

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December 4, 2011 at 00:09:13
I don't know. I understand what taxes are for and why we need them. I also understand that many tax dollars have not been used properly. I get it that things like the local police force that protects me from bad people is paid for by these taxes. I don't get it that the local police force needs more money every few years for brand new cars or why the admin staff must have all new equipment every couple years. I don't get it that local politicians put tax money aside to pay for all sorts of parties and dinners and then come to us claiming that they need to raise taxes.

I don't mind the idea of paying sales tax for anything I purchase but I have to draw the line somewhere. Before you cry to me about taking more of the money that I bust my butt for you need to show me that you're not throwing it away on bull****. I have to tighten my belt. That means a lot of the fun things that I want I have to do without. That doesn't mean I set aside money to take fancy trips and throw expensive parties to impress someone and then cut back by not paying the light bill.

All levels of government need to learn to do the same thing. The police can use the same cars for more than two years. Heck they have a fleet of overpaid mechanics to work on these vehicles. Let's get what we are paying them for. Instead of laying off police how about we not buy so many cars. Instead of laying off teachers how about we not give the students brand new desks every other year.

Quit throwing my money away and then let's see how much you really need to get the job done.

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January 7, 2012 at 16:35:15
"Amazon is supporting a standardized system for collecting sales tax on Internet purchase" From a quick news query it looks like Amazon continues to fight the sales tax. They usually bribe an area with a distribution center to get there way.

Also, "The police can use the same cars for more than two years." I've purchased used police cars and they get their use out of them. They don't dump them until they are rusty or have 100k+ miles which in some cases is a policy that they sell them at a certain mileage. When they do sell them, you can expect as a buyer that there is a minimum $500 repair. If it is done through an auction the car will likely go at fair market value.

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January 7, 2012 at 18:55:07
In this area there is not a single emergency vehicle older than a 2009 and they are all crying about budgets to buy newer models. I understand many of these do rack up serious miles rather quickly. My vehicle has nearly 200k on it and I am on a shoe string budget for the upkeep. The county had to lay off several teachers last year but had enough money for 22 brand new buses. They also closed three schools one year after they were completely rentavated, new air conditioning and heat, new kitchens, new office equipment. This is the kind of thing that has me crying foul. I understand wear and tare that isn't what I am talking about. As early as the 80's you could get these vehicles at auction for a song but then again they had in the neighborhood of 250k on them. I bought one in 84 cost me $175 it had 241k on it and was 6 years old.

My point is there is a great deal of wasted tax dollars. Maybe in your area these aren't the places it's being wasted but I am sure if ya look around you'll find plenty.

Another example: Here the county owns a large piece of property that has been vacant for at least 2 decades. In the past decade there have been several serious offers to buy the property at a healthy profit. Instead this past year the county commission chose to develope the property at an ungodly sum. This property will be mainly used by a local university. The best tax revenue coming out of this is a baseball field. The university will be using this property tax free for the first ten years. The developement has easily cost 7 times the highest offer on the property which was from what I am told over twice its value. I know I have to be missing something because after this the people that signed off on this are screaming about needing more in their budgets.

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January 9, 2012 at 20:48:01
YES! Absolutely, YES!

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