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Old 06-11-2016, 11:07 AM   #31
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Even if the online seller doesn't collect sales tax, the law requires you to pay the sales tax on your state income taxes when you file them. Probably only 1/4th of the people actually do. I paid $200 extra in sales tax on my state income taxes this past year.
I get a statement from Amazon every year reminding me of the purchases and the suggested amount tax statement. I tried to find a copy in my files but I must have tossed it.
I do use it as it has little bearing on taxes owed. But in SC, Amazon does report it if I am correct?

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Not all states have an income tax. I was under the impression that an income tax was based on income not anything you bought.
What does income tax have to do with sales tax?

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Well to me, price is just one part of the equation. I like to keep our dollars local, because the appliance store is locally owned with local employees including the delivery people. I guess I am old fashioned? :)

As far as price, I think the last appliance we bought was $75 more at the local appliance store but the owner split the difference so I only paid $37 more than the online price. Shipping was $50 I think, so sure I paid an extra $87, but if there's ever a problem it's easier dealing with an established local dealer.

A few years ago, our fridge died, and it was still under warranty. The local dealer brought us out another -- brand new, free of charge.

My mother bought 4 new appliances from the local mom and pop dealer, and their delivery fee was $50 for all 4 appliances so not a huge deal.
I would prefer to buy everything local. Like I said in my previous post. I'm quite thrifty and the ease of online purchases make it even more attractive.
I bought all my Christmas gifts online last year. Its just mush easier. I hate shopping anyway.
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:41 AM   #32
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If a business has nexus in a state, which is generally defined as sufficient business presence, then it is obligated to collect sales tax. This will include warehouses, sales agents, service operations, etc. In Amazon's case it is a distribution facility. As states are losing sales tax revenue to internet retailers, they are becoming more aggressive in collecting lost revenue. As Amazon represents huge amounts of taxes, they are a target. The company I used to work for was a tiny fraction of the size of Amazon, but we were periodically audited for sales tax compliance.

Sales tax is an unbelievably complicated patchwork of regulations. It's not just by state, but can also include cities, counties, and regions. It's so complicated that you cannot accurately collect by ZIP code in some states. Parts of Texas and California come to mind.
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:42 AM   #33
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I get a statement from Amazon every year reminding me of the purchases and the suggested amount tax statement. I tried to find a copy in my files but I must have tossed it.
I do use it as it has little bearing on taxes owed. But in SC, Amazon does report it if I am correct?



What does income tax have to do with sales tax?



I would prefer to buy everything local. Like I said in my previous post. I'm quite thrifty and the ease of online purchases make it even more attractive.
I bought all my Christmas gifts online last year. Its just mush easier. I hate shopping anyway.
The poster above me had said he paid $200 in sales taxes on his state income tax.
That is what one had to do with the other.

I have never gotten a statement from Amazon but then I live in a state with no state income taxes.
Oh and I bet one state over is hurting a wee bit on taxes.
IIRC, when you work in a state that has an income tax that state can withhold the taxes even if you are a resident of another state. Now come tax time, you can file a form to get that money back but the amount usually isn't worth the trouble. So the state profits.
I know our city sure got used to the sales tax it collected while the rig count was up.
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Old 06-11-2016, 02:03 PM   #34
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The poster above me had said he paid $200 in sales taxes on his state income tax.
That is what one had to do with the other.

I have never gotten a statement from Amazon but then I live in a state with no state income taxes.
I haven't, either, but my state does have an income tax. I think paying the sales tax with the income tax return is just a convenient way for the state to collect it. It has nothing to do with whether your state has an income tax.
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