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Old 11-15-2013, 09:01 PM   #2151
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I believe the law says you have to charge sales tax for online sales if you have a brick and mortar store in that state.

I think that was the old law. I think they changed it just recently that it has to be charged for all states. I have no proof of this and I could very well be wrong. Does Amazon have a brick and mortar store anywhere?

I just read Bakechef's post and so maybe what I heard applied to PA.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:01 PM   #2152
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I believe the law says you have to charge sales tax for online sales if you have a brick and mortar store in that state.
True Andy. Anytime I ordered from Sears, they added the sales tax. I called the store the first time they ever did that. That is what they told me. I made a very concerted effort not to order from there or any other store that had a building here in Mass. To pay sales tax and shipping was more than I was willing to do.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #2153
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I googled this and saw that the bill passed the US Senate in May 2013 but was not expected to pass in the House. I didn't see any more about it, so it probably didn't pass. It seems that stores were complaining because they couldn't compete with the internet because they were required to pay tax. For example, Best Buy said that people would come in to see an item, then once they decided it was what they wanted they would go on their smartphone, right there in the store, and order it from Amazon, or somewhere they did not have to pay tax.

I don't mind paying tax on things I order. I would pay tax in a store, anyway. Shipping is a convenience so you don't have to go out to a store to get the item, and some things are not available in the stores. When I was shopping in Sears for my recliners, I saw the ones I wanted, but wanted to think it over to be sure. Once I decided they were what I wanted I went online to see if I could order them instead of going back to the store. They were each $15 less online. They were having a free shipping special so I also saved there. If I ordered them from the store I would have had to pay delivery charges.

Normally, I do not order something online unless it's something I can't get in the local store.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #2154
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No sales tax in Montana...
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:32 PM   #2155
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:01 AM   #2156
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Where I live, we have a 6% sales tax. In the next county, only a couple miles away, it's 7%. If I buy a car I am charged 6% no matter where I buy it. That was also the case when I ordered kitchen cabinets to be delivered to my home. I have had some internet merchants charge me 7% instead of 6%, but didn't squabble about it because I don't make large purchases online. The tax was minimal.
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:08 AM   #2157
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:03 PM   #2158
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Louisiana has multiple sales taxes. Sometimes as many as 4 different ones for a sales slip. They range from 4% to 9.9%. They even tax food!
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:27 PM   #2159
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I found out this past week that on the eastern border of Montana, where population is sparse, the closest shopping for some folks is in North Dakota. The town they shop in has separate cash registers for them that do not charge them sales tax. They do have to show ID for this.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:50 PM   #2160
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^^^ Perhaps those separate cash registers are physically placed on the state line. lol..
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