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  •  This isn't actually raising taxes. (2+ / 0-)
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    Gary in NY, Odysseus

    In most states, people who buy online already owe taxes for their purchases, despite the retailer having not collected them.

    This move would give states the ability to require retailers to collect the taxes those average Americans already owe, rather than putting the onus on the consumer to track their purchases and pay a use tax on their income tax return.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:54:55 PM PDT

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    •  That would be a use tax. (0+ / 0-)

      Sales taxes by law are generally not on the consumer to pay directly to the government. The business bears that burden. The retailer is responsible for the tax, though most businesses directly pass along the costs and itemize.

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