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Amazon Tax begins Nov. 1, 2013 for Massachusetts

 
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Dec 13, 2012 00:26 |  #16

If this was a year ago and we had been talking about it beginning last month, I would have worried. Since then, however, I have discovered the joys of buying used. Now the only thing I buy on Amazon are used textbooks. The tax will be relatively insignificant for those purchases.




  
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Dec 13, 2012 00:48 |  #17

lowrider wrote in post #15354100 (external link)
For us in Arizona - February 1, 2013 is the :evil: date.

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It'll be Feb. 1st before we know it :\

Sometimes I'll want something from a store and instead order from amazon because the lack of tax and the free shipping from Amazon prime. :p




  
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Dec 13, 2012 09:17 |  #18

You get used to it. They've had the tax in NY for a while and sure, I loved the additional savings before that, it hasn't changed my purchasing much.




  
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Dec 13, 2012 09:57 |  #19

Ill shift back to B&H and Adorama. Until then, Ill continue using my Prime account.


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Dec 13, 2012 10:18 |  #20

Too bad Amazon... you will lose my business soon :)


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Dec 13, 2012 10:22 |  #21

SiaoP wrote in post #15361841 (external link)
Too bad Amazon... you will lose my business soon :)

Its not Amazon's fault or idea. You think they want to collect money for somebody else, that makes their customer's bottom line higher, that they have to pay to someone else?


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Dec 13, 2012 11:23 |  #22

Here's how Amazon avoids paying taxes...we should be so lucky.

http://www.reuters.com …zon-idUSBRE8B50AR20121206 (external link)

Special Report: Amazon's billion-dollar tax shield

In 2005, Amazon rented a historic five-storey building in Luxembourg's Grund quarter, right at the bottom of a steep rock-walled valley below the old town.

By setting up in Luxembourg, and channelling sales through its units there, the world's biggest online retailer could minimize corporate taxes.

It was a move with big financial consequences.

Amazon's Luxembourg arrangements have deprived European governments of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax that it might otherwise have owed, as reported in European newspapers. But a Reuters examination of accounts filed by 25 Amazon units in six countries shows how they also allowed the company to avoid paying more tax in the United States, where the company is based.
In effect, Amazon used inter-company payments to form a tax shield for the group, behind which it has accumulated $2 billion to help finance its expansion.

Amazon revealed last year that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants $1.5 billion in back taxes. The claim, which Amazon said it would "vigorously contest", is linked to its foreign subsidiaries and payments made between them.




  
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Dec 13, 2012 14:34 |  #23

KhanhD wrote in post #15361860 (external link)
Its not Amazon's fault or idea. You think they want to collect money for somebody else, that makes their customer's bottom line higher, that they have to pay to someone else?

That's not the fuller picture. This was part of an agreement between Amazon and Massachusetts, basically in exchange for support for federal legislation. Eventually, all online sales will be taxed regardless of state you are ordering from as a federal matter.


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Dec 14, 2012 02:10 |  #24
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Dec 14, 2012 12:31 |  #25

I live in ny but I ship all my orders to ma parents place just because there is no tax in ma. Now I need to look for alternatives. Haha.




  
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Dec 23, 2012 08:36 |  #26

I'm mainly curious about digital content as these days I pretty much get it all(books, music, movies, magazine subscriptions) from Amazon. Strange thing is I don't ever recall paying taxes on my iTunes purchases even though Apple stores have been in Mass. for some time now. Who knows, maybe Apple will get dinged for all those years of not collecting and paying sales tax. That would certainly put a dent in the states debt.


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Dec 23, 2012 13:51 |  #27

KhanhD wrote in post #15361860 (external link)
Its not Amazon's fault or idea. You think they want to collect money for somebody else, that makes their customer's bottom line higher, that they have to pay to someone else?

Exactly. This is the last thing Amazon wants. Rumor has it (I think they are testing this in certain areas) they will offer same day delivery. If so, Best Buy will continue to fall.

I love Amazon and will continue to support them if and when this happens in IL.


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Dec 23, 2012 14:27 |  #28

Buylongterm wrote in post #15400276 (external link)
Exactly. This is the last thing Amazon wants. Rumor has it (I think they are testing this in certain areas) they will offer same day delivery. If so, Best Buy will continue to fall.

I love Amazon and will continue to support them if and when this happens in IL.

yep. up to this point, part of the reason they've centralized distribution centers was to skirt sales taxes. now that they can no longer offer this as a incentive to consumers, they've expressed plans to expand distribution centers into more states allowing for faster deliveries.


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Dec 23, 2012 15:17 |  #29

pmandadapu7 wrote in post #15366595 (external link)
Now I need to look for alternatives. Haha.

B&H & Adorama still don't charge sales tax - except NY




  
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Dec 25, 2012 01:19 |  #30

Once they started collecting taxes in CA, they lost me as a customer.




  
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