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California Internet Sales Tax

To everyone living in California:

I just pulled this off another website and thought I would pass it along to you who live in California.

Proposed New Internet Sales Tax

California Assembly Bill 178 (AB 178) will require out-of-state sites like Amazon (and pretty much every site) to collect sales taxes on everything sold into California.

You might want to express your opinion to your California assemblyman by clicking the link below.

AB 178 might be voted on next week, so contact your state assemblyman and voice your opinion ASAP.

The California State Assembly

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Not sure how they would enforce it, however; as they don't have any authority to regulate or tax interstate commerce. Oh well, there I go again being an extremist.

VA also has an unenforceable law on the books involving shipment of wine into our state. A lot of people like to order wine from CA and other places - which is often not available from retailers here in VA, so buyers will order it from out-of-state wineries and get it shipped via UPS or FedEx.

Since VA has no authority to enforce laws involving interstate commerce (only Congress does, as per Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitutution), it is pretty much a joke. Some shippers do obey the law and won't send anything to VA....but our state cannot do much about those who ignore it.

Same goes for CA, apparently, and I wonder how they will enforce it. In all honesty, CA needs to control their spending - instead of trying to invent new tax schemes!

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vote with your pocket book by not buying from Amazon.

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Originally Posted by sldghamr View Post
vote with your pocket book by not buying from Amazon.
Thats not gonna help. It's going to require EVERY out of state site to collect cali sales tax

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I'd be intersested to your information, because this is what I got from the website you posted.


MEASURE : A.B. No. 178
AUTHOR(S) : Skinner and Charles Calderon.
TOPIC : Sales and use taxes.

Majority Vote Required
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax Levy

LAST HIST. ACT. DATE: 04/27/2009
LAST HIST. ACTION : In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at
the request of author.

TITLE : An act to amend Section 6203 of the Revenue and Taxation
Code, relating to taxation.

It won't suprise me - We pay taxes going into a brick-n-mortar store - The state....and don't think other states aren't thinking about it....are looking for ways to increase their revenues, especially in this economy.

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New york did this a few years ago. I simply stopped selling to New York.

The problem with this whole thing is it causes an accounting NIGHTMARE for the business owner. If this takes hold nationwide, I am out of business.

Think about it- I would first have to have my computer system charge the appropriate amount of sales taxes for EACH STATE I receive an order from. Then, probably quarterly, I would have to cut 50 different checks and complete 50 different tax returns and mail them to 50 different states.

In this economy, the small businessman has enough difficulty staying afloat and competing with the "big boys." I run a local diesel performance store and have been steadily adding items to my website, but there is no way I could compete with Jeg's or a giant like that if I have to add an accountant to my payroll.

I hear congress has been considering the possibility of allowing individual states the authority to enforce these laws. If this takes hold, my website is DONE.

Thanks again, tax and spend Democrats!

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