| What are your opinions/ comments on “Online Sales Tax” for goods and/or services you buy via e-commerce sites?

What are your opinions/ comments on “Online Sales Tax” for goods and/or services you buy via e-commerce sites?

Andoryu.net asked:


When must a seller collect “Online Sales Tax”?

What are the requirements to collect “Online Sales Tax” in a single state; in multiple states; in your country?

What goods/ services/ digital media and/or service is taxable when you purchase online?

When are goods/ services/ digital media subject to “Online Sales Tax”?

How does an online seller collect “Online Sales Tax” efficiently?

What is the impact of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and the Streamlined Sales Tax Project? What changes are in the works?

What are some examples of “best practice” for “Online Sales Tax”/ example of successful e-commerce web site?

What are your recommendations for “best practice” in “Online Sales Tax”?

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2 Responses to “What are your opinions/ comments on “Online Sales Tax” for goods and/or services you buy via e-commerce sites?”

  1. scorched_anus on June 17th, 2009 9:36 am

    I do not like the idea. Brick and mortars moan that etailers have an advantage by not charging tax, but fail to answer the question regarding their own advantages in no shipping charges.

    Leave it to government to find a way to tax this even though they already levy income taxes to the business making the sales.

  2. ajimmer on June 17th, 2009 3:14 pm

    You’re asking for a lot of information…and from your questions I can tell you don’t really understand the issue…

    Under existing law, many online retailers are already required to collect sales tax if they have a physical presence in the state the goods are being shipped to. For example, if Target has stores in your state and you order something from Target.com…you will be charged a sales tax.

    Further, most states require residents that purchase goods from out of state to pay “use tax” when the item is brought into their state of residence. Most individual do not “self-assess” this tax. Some states, Virginia for example, include a line on their state income tax form for amounts payable for Use tax.