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6 thoughts on “eBay and Amazon Update Sellers on Sales Tax, WSJ Scolds States”

  1. There is seemingly no end to the ingenuity by which corrupt regimes will seek to fleece their hapless citizens. Meantime large corporations and fat cats pay little of their revenue in comparison.

  2. A bigger part of the issue than most realize is that IT costs in states like PA are skyrocketing as they offshore more work to India and receive increasingly inferior results. One out of every two people employed by PA’s Office of Administration is Indian and that percentage is growing as Americans retire or are pushed out of IT work by clueless (and useless) management. There’s nothing to suggest that the states will be able to handle the nuances of their own laws correctly now or in the future. But the costs of failure continue to rise, so they’ll continue to grasp for more of our money…

  3. Etsy made a Big Deal out of how they where reimbursing sales tax for one of my clients out of their own pockets.
    As well they should…..
    What an UNCONSTITUTIONAL mess.

  4. Etsy made a Big Deal out of how they were reimbursing sales tax for one of my clients out of their own pockets.
    As well they should…..
    What an UNCONSTITUTIONAL mess.

  5. The first real thing that struck me about this post was the phrase; “Though a majority of state legislatures have adjourned for the year,”. These guys are done for the year! No wonder nothing gets done or takes an inordinately a lot of time to get it done. I realize that they are also supposed to be working in their territories, but still. Can you imagine what would happen is we sellers had quit for the year at this point? I have worked all my life but can not conceive of this sort of schedule.

    Most of the states that have passed these laws to have all sellers collect/remit sales tax and then the venues, many of them, have been told to do the collecting and remitting. Whatever happened to the rule of small sellers have to collect/remit only if they fall into a particular situation and that is selling 200 or more items that are going to a state, or collecting $100,000 or was it $10,000? I can’t remember. But I know this, with Amazon being a marketplace ‘facilitator’ they are collecting sales tax for all orders coming from the different states. That means if and when I get a sale in Wyoming, which I haven’t had a sale there all year, even if the sale comes in for $10 on December 31, they will take taxes out of the sale. Isn’t this going against the rules that the states have mad? Yes, it is, but by designating a venue like Amazon to collect and remit the state sales tax for everybody, Amazon doesn’t care (nor do the states) how many orders we have had or how much they were for, they will collect it. The states know this and this is their work around so that they get even MORE sales tax than the legislation has said they would or could.

  6. Part of the problem is all the variables that have to be considered for each state — not just the threshold. A program for calculating sales tax with all the variables included simply does not exist at the moment. There’s no way an individual business owner can keep up with all that.

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