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Level sales tax playing field

May 12, 2013

Business people who provide local jobs, pay local taxes and support local worthy causes are right to wonder why tax laws give their online competitors an advantag....

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May-12-13 8:25 AM

Don't worry: The tea party is used to standing in the way of good ideas.

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May-12-13 9:54 AM

Now if we had all good and upstanding Minnesota residents, one would submit a use tax form, with payment, reporting any online purchase,I might add, which is current law. One must remember some laws we obey, some we disobey, and then there are others we simply ignore and claim they don't pertain to oneself.

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May-12-13 2:37 PM

If we are to be fair, B&Ms should do it also. With 9600 sales tax jurisdictions in the US, accounting firms are pricing this at $1.50 or more per sale or at an initial cost of as much as $7,300 or more. Even if free, there is a cost of manpower and resources to interface this software which is not true for the Brick and Mortar stores. If this is easy, then B&Ms should do it also. They will need to ask for ID and charge sales tax based on the customer’s address on every sale. It is only fair!

A USE TAX not sales tax A USE TAX sees a state’s people as a revenue stream. Sales Tax supports the dealer’s community where the business made the sale. If the states agree to get rid of use tax and accept that the sale takes place at the web site as they do with B&M sales, then everyone gets a fair and level playing field. States would need to compete for these internet businesses, but they would earn more than they might with the “fairness” act. Dealers deal with 1 jurisdiction, not

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May-12-13 2:38 PM

It is easy, Sales Tax takes place when you visit and buy at a store on line or on Main Street! Let Dealers charge sales tax from their jurisdiction as sales tax was intended, to provide police and fire protection, roads, educational support and more to their communities to help build business that creates sales.

Dealers do this now for instate sales. This adds no new laws, no new taxes. It repairs the system and supports the communities that support the dealer. It does not even affect the commerce clause.

Buyers choose where they buy and what they pay. If they do not like a tax from a jurisdiction, they vote with their feet and buy elsewhere on line or on Main Street.

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May-13-13 7:53 PM

TISTS, you need to read the Minnesota Use Tax requirements. Use tax is the counterpart of sales tax. You owe use tax when Minnesota sales tax is not charged on taxable items you buy, whether you buy them in Minnesota or outside the state. Under current regulation up to $770 of merchandise can be purchased without paying use tax. Should you exceed the $770, then the full amount is taxable. As to sales and use taxes, all are collected into the General Fund and the Legislature sets the budget and legislates the actual actual distribution of General Fund money - only if a local jurisdiction has been allowed to create a local sales tax option(which is granted by the Legislature based upon an application for a special purpose) does those monies collected stay within the local jurisdiction

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