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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Heads Up for Texans ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 6/25/12 5:21 PM

I read in the paper today that as of next week, Amazon and its subsidiaries will start charging sales tax for their Texas customers.

For us, that means Fabric.com and Zappos.

Just a heads up in case you are building a shopping cart - you can save a few bucks.

I've always had a policy that I would pay either shipping or sales tax, but not both. Since I usually get free shipping at Amazon and Fabric.com, this probably won't impact my purchasing at all.

You can read an article about which businesses are involved here.

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Date: 6/25/12 5:51 PM


I knew they have been trying to tax those purchases for a few years now.. as Amazon had a physical presence in the State of Texas..

A great deal more of our internet purchases are taxable. more than we think or know. .but no one fills out the paperwork for an ebay purchase or so on and sends the money in. But I can easily foresee the day not too far away when all net purchases will be taxed somehow , someway..

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Date: 7/5/12 8:52 PM

I was going to order something before Sunday and ........ I forgot.

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Date: 7/5/12 9:36 PM

This is something that I don't mind too much. I admit it was nice not to have to pay sales tax on clothing and shoes when we lived in Pennsylvania; but, we had state income tax there.

Let's face it, there are lots of folks who fall under the taxing radar one way or another; or at least have income sources that are not as closely scrutinized as others.

As long as all of the public services are available to everyone in the state, even a token contribution in taxes by everyone doesn't seem to be such a bad idea.

Without a state income tax, sales tax is a major source of revenue for the state.

Taxing issues aside, I don't know if I'm ready to give up all of the brick and mortar stores, their convenience and their employment of locals to save a few dollars in taxes on internet purchases.

The big questions? Will the taxes be distributed as collected? Will my county/city governments receive their share as reflected in a locally higher rate than some other Texas counties. Or, will I be taxed at a higher rate only to have all of the proceeds go to the state? Guess I'll have to look that one up.

The little Pennsylvania township we lived in had a per diem tax. That was a surprise to me. (This is the same community that required a moving permit to leave town.) I was miffed at the time as our son had his 18th birthday when he was a senior and was expected to pay the per diem tax. Not much, but it was the principal to me. He was a full time high school student without full time employment.

Oh well, I do respect the concept though. It wasn't much $15.00 or $25.00 per adult, 18 and older. I'm inclined to think that everyone should pay at least $1.00 in taxes just to acknowledge the roads they use everyday along with all the other expenses of maintaining a civilized nation. Some folks recognize that it is ultimately paid for by taxpayers and some don't.

And, given that thought process, someone pays for the roads, ports and airports here in the state to get those packages delivered. No, I don't mind having my everyday internet online purchases taxed just as if I purchased the items here locally. The dude in the brown truck can't drive up to the door if there are no roads.

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Date: 7/5/12 9:46 PM

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As long as all of the public services are available to everyone in the state, even a token contribution in taxes by everyone doesn't seem to be such a bad idea.

"I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization." - Oliver Wendell Holmes.

That said, a7yrstitch, what are "per diem" taxes? I have never heard of that.

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Date: 7/6/12 7:59 AM

You know, I thought twice before posting this topic originally. I'm not anti-tax, and think that the government is the best provider of many services and infrastructure. Which, of course, we need to pay for.

I just thought if someone already had a shopping cart going, that they could save a couple of bucks by placing the order before the switchover date. I decided to pick up a few knit pieces from Fabric.com. If they're now charging state sales tax, that won't prevent me from ordering in future.

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Date: 7/6/12 8:06 AM

LET Me get this straight.. You had to pay a tax to ''leave town'' OMGoodness.. and thats putting it nicely.. So .. what do they do if you move without paying.. Do they block the roads you paid for with your taxes.. Do they come after you.. ''

Oh. let me guess. they turn it over to a bill collector and ding your FICO.

This is a sore spot with me.. The neighbor next door was the first , original and only owner of her home.. When her DH passed on and she was in her eighties then.. she had owned the home for over fifty years.. Good citizens too.. She had to move to a smaller home closer to her children so they could keep a closer eye out on her.

SO as most of us would do.. she had a garage sale.. a simple garage sale.. and the City sent her a bill for $500 bucks because she had posted a garage sale sign in front of her home.. Signs are not permitted here..

So there are taxes.. and then there are ridiculous fees..

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Date: 7/6/12 10:41 AM

Oh hey, same here. I'm also an opportunist. I just forgot to take advantage of it.

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Date: 7/6/12 10:45 AM

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So there are taxes.. and then there are ridiculous fees..

Yes!

I would totally not argue with you on this. There are some crazy ordinances out there that I think should be relaxed. The one about your neighbor's sign is ridiculous to the extreme.

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