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    Yeah I'm not bothered by it. I experience it at many places I online shop at already for taxable items (that article is misleading...our sales tax has a lot of exemptions).
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    It is very interesting to think about really.

    Does having an online store give users the ability to shop at stores in other states, or does it give the merchant the ability to open a 'store front' in every state.

    If you think of it the first way (and the way the article presents it) it doesn't seem to make sense to charge other state's sales tax. If you think of it the second way, then it makes sense.

    But I'm not sure if there is any justification to say one way to look at it is 'more correct' than the other.

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    I think this article misrepresents what would have to happen. There is no 'central database' of everything you buy on line. Each merchent would keep a record of what you buy from them, which I would assume already happens. If they get audited they would show that info, but it isnt being recorded in some conspiracy of......shopping?
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    I think this article misrepresents what would have to happen. There is no 'central database' of everything you buy on line. Each merchent would keep a record of what you buy from them, which I would assume already happens. If they get audited they would show that info, but it isnt being recorded in some conspiracy of......shopping?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    It is very interesting to think about really.

    Does having an online store give users the ability to shop at stores in other states, or does it give the merchant the ability to open a 'store front' in every state.

    If you think of it the first way (and the way the article presents it) it doesn't seem to make sense to charge other state's sales tax. If you think of it the second way, then it makes sense.

    But I'm not sure if there is any justification to say one way to look at it is 'more correct' than the other.
    I think it's the second way. The buyer isn't going anywhere; the seller is coming to him. That's why catalog sales are taxed at the home state rate and remitted to the home state. If you want to shop in a tax-free state, you need to physically go there to shop. That's a small price to pay when you are denying your home state the opportunity to charge sales tax on the transaction.

    And to address Gloria's question again... Presumably, if you're selling something to someone over the internet, you need to ask what state the buyer lives in because you have to send them whatever they bought, so there's actually very little additional record-keeping involved, just adding up the numbers at the end of each quarter. If you're a small-enough business that you don't yet need computer software and/or an accountant, then this probably won't be a burden on you. If it becomes a burden, then plunk down $180 on Quickbooks Pro and make your life a lot easier.
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    It doesn't even apply to businesses with less than a million $ in revenue.

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