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Amazon Tax begins Nov. 1, 2013 for Massachusetts

 
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Dec 25, 2012 11:22 |  #31

They appear to be going for the states that will generate the most revenue first (Kalifornia and Massachusetts), I think Idaho and Hawaii are probably pretty far down their list for revenue generation. I own property in Oregon that I can ship to if push comes to shove.




  
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Dec 25, 2012 11:32 |  #32
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rick_reno wrote in post #15355318 (external link)
Still no tax here in Idaho. I haven't been in Hawaii to try and order there.

Idaho has computers? When did that happen? Next thing you know, Michigan will get shoes! Little known fact about Indiana: there are more hogs than people in Indiana. And you thought that smell was coming from Illinois!


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Dec 25, 2012 11:40 |  #33

rick_reno wrote in post #15405843 (external link)
They appear to be going for the states that will generate the most revenue first (Kalifornia and Massachusetts), I think Idaho and Hawaii are probably pretty far down their list for revenue generation. I own property in Oregon that I can ship to if push comes to shove.

I'm surprised it took my beloved Taxachusetts this long to get Amazon to start collecting. I'll still use my Prime account regularly but will mumble to myself for a while doing it. It won't affect my photography purchases, though. I go through B&H or Adorama almost exclusively for my gear.




  
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Dec 25, 2012 13:02 |  #34

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

again, it's not really amazon's choice, and it's a bit unfair to penalize them for what the states are requiring. i do think same-day delivery plans will be a fair trade-off as it would mean that instead of going to the store to pick something up, you could order something during your lunch break and have it delivered to your doorstep by the time you get back from work. since they deal in volume, amazon still might be quite a bit cheaper than a regular brick and mortar since they have less overhead.


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Dec 25, 2012 13:37 |  #35

TSchrief wrote in post #15405861 (external link)
Idaho has computers? When did that happen? Next thing you know, Michigan will get shoes! Little known fact about Indiana: there are more hogs than people in Indiana. And you thought that smell was coming from Illinois!

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Dec 25, 2012 14:39 |  #36

Thanks for posting. I'm sad to see the net tax coming up as a way to crush one of the few free and competitive arena's for retailers and their customers ;)


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Jan 25, 2013 09:50 |  #37

Just got my tax notice from Amazon here in Tennessee...yuk!




  
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Jan 25, 2013 13:38 |  #38

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For us in California we have been getting charged tax for at least a month now. For electronic stuff I am using other companies now. It's the same situation for newegg.

I'm in the same boat. been a prime user for many years now, and I am close to cancelling my membership. Amazon is a really good company and all, but my wallet will come first.


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Jan 25, 2013 14:08 |  #39

Been taxing here since sept. 2012 :(


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Feb 05, 2013 08:39 |  #40

As a consumer, this stinks. But as a practical matter, this only makes sense and is fair as states have been missing out on TONS of tax money.


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Feb 05, 2013 09:12 |  #41

Aren't you legally obligated to report these tax-free purchases at the end of the year?

It's required here in Washington State. We have to pay use tax.


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Feb 05, 2013 12:27 as a reply to  @ mclaren777's post |  #42

^^^^You certainly are, at least in Arizona. The Tax form specifically contains a line for such entries. But, how many of us do that??? I know I don't.

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Feb 05, 2013 13:21 |  #43

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^^^^You certainly are, at least in Arizona. The Tax form specifically contains a line for such entries. But, how many of us do that??? I know I don't.

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I believe here in MA, they include a safe-haven amount for assumed tax-free purchases which everyone (usually, to my knowledge) pays. It seems like opting out of that really kind of sends a 'audit me!' flag. (In fairness, my wife prepared our taxes this year. I really hope she paid the safe-haven amount for online purchases, now that I think of it!)


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Feb 05, 2013 13:26 |  #44

it's just fair and doesn't matter one bit to me here in CA. And it made me buy things locally that I would have ordered before, if the price difference isn't too big.
But that was just a silly loophole that needed to get closed. Online merch has already killed so many local businesses, we have exactly one bookstore left (B&N) and what's left of camera stores is useless, they don't stock high priced items anymore. Most are gone as well. Town is full of clothing stores and shoe stores.

I just hope they do funnel it back into my town, not sure if they do or if it all just goes to CA in general.


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Feb 05, 2013 20:05 |  #45

phantelope wrote in post #15575514 (external link)
it's just fair and doesn't matter one bit to me here in CA. And it made me buy things locally that I would have ordered before, if the price difference isn't too big.
But that was just a silly loophole that needed to get closed. Online merch has already killed so many local businesses, we have exactly one bookstore left (B&N) and what's left of camera stores is useless, they don't stock high priced items anymore. Most are gone as well. Town is full of clothing stores and shoe stores.

I just hope they do funnel it back into my town, not sure if they do or if it all just goes to CA in general.

Yeah, as a MA consumer I'm very unhappy about this, but really it's been a long time coming. In the grand scheme this is the only fair thing, and it should theoretically provide a bit of a boost to brick and mortar shops...and, who knows, in a perfect world maybe that extra money will pay for after-school programs and infrastructure improvements.


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