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  •  Great, I'm an Artisan Working At Home. (7+ / 0-)

    I could see paying state sales tax where I live, but 50 state taxes will be a royal pain.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:36:30 PM PDT

    •  The big corporations here in Europe (2+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, stevemb

      use the rules to pay little or no tax in many countries they trade in, for the small trader it is a nightmare but for big corporations it is an opportunity.

      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:41:25 PM PDT

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    •  I understand how you feel, but..... (6+ / 0-)

      .....$1,000,000 sales threshold?  I am an artisan myself and that's a far cry from what I sell in a year.  

      Who envisioned a decade ago that it would easy and affordable for a very small business -- even doing business at arts and crafts fairs -- to take credit card payments over their phones?  I would assume that affordable computer programs would become available to fill this need.  

      I can argue all sides of this issue, unfortunately.  I understand the need to increase revenue; but like an earlier commenter I sure would like this burden to fall on those who can afford it for once, rather than the entire burden falling on the middle class.  

      The very poor may not have computers.  But the vast majority of lower to middle class people have smartphones,  have access to pay-as-you-go debit cards.  

      I will say one thing:  there are many items I buy that I cannot access at a brick and mortar store.  It's not all apples to apples.  The items I buy online will become more expensive,  with the added inconvenience of not seeing the item and having to pay shipping and wait for the item.   I daresay I will shop less online if there are no price advantages.  

      That being said, it's a lot of commerce flying under the sales tax radar.  Just wish the burden, for once, wouldn't impact the lower and middle class.    

    •  You have a million in sales? (3+ / 0-)
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      viral, Cassandra Waites, Odysseus

      That's a pretty good business.

      If you don't, you won't have to pay any sales tax you don't already have to pay.

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