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Amazon To Begin Collecting Sales Tax In California From Saturday

     
4:44 pm on Sep 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Amazon will begin collecting sales tax in California on Saturday. Local merchants have been waiting for this day for more than a decade. Now that it has arrived, though, they are tempering their joy at the company’s apparent surrender. Amazon To Begin Collecting Sales Tax In California From Saturday [nytimes.com]
Amazon started collecting taxes in Texas this summer, and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 1. New Jersey’s turn will come next summer, and several other states over the next two years. The company seems to be surrendering on the tax issue mostly in those states where it sees strategic value in new warehouses. Company officials say they hoped to see a national sales tax law in place that will supersede state laws.
4:53 pm on Sep 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Overstock (and probably some other companies) did a re-dump of California-based affiliates last week. Just when we had started making money with them again...

Last week, the L.A. Times did a story about how lots of people were ordering thousands of dollars of merchandise online before the Sept. 15 deadline. Not sure if the people interviewed used their real names, but I'm sure the FTB (California state taxing authority) has marked those names for manual review of their tax returns to make sure they paid the use tax to their returns for those items. (For those unaware, California's use tax law states that purchasers are still legally responsible for paying tax on out of state/online purchases- not that many do.)
7:38 pm on Sep 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Wonderful. Yet another perk for living in CA.
3:53 am on Sep 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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so everyone doing biz in CA will have to drop.

cali expect its people to pay sales tax and income tax back to back on outa state transactions?

I guess cali is trying to pull itself outa the bankrupt ditch to the harm of the people trying to make a living in that state.

good going guys... way to dig the hole deeper.
5:00 am on Sep 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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(For those unaware, California's use tax law states that purchasers are still legally responsible for paying tax on out of state/online purchases- not that many do.)

Pennsylvania has the same law. And if you are a business, they will send you a questionnaire periodically to see if you are paying the use tax, especially if you are claiming deductions for purchases.

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