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6/4/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Taxing online sales

Recently, I've read that the United States Senate has moved to create a law that will impose sales tax collection for online retailers. While none of us want to see any more taxes at any level, it only seems fair that those who sell their products online shouldn't be exempt from collecting the same sales tax that a store on Main Street offers.

I hope Arizona's congressmen will act on this as well. We are very proud of Kingman's group of unique small businesses. We cannot let them continue to struggle because of this unfair process.

Danielle Lindsay

Kingman










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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Frankie

“So your real reason is not availablity, it is on-line ease of getting it and price.”

Once again you presume to know – despite never having met me or actually knowing me – my “real reason” for purchasing on line. And as usual you are incorrect. Why do make such asinine statements?

My primary reason – as I stated – for on-line purchases is to obtain things I cannot find locally.


Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@ansons nephew

"I do a lot of on-line ordering and have never considered sales tax as a reason for doing so – it comes down to ease of finding items that cannot be found locally."

I have had clerks at a local bookstore tell me over the phone "We can order that book for you" and I have declined the offer telling them that the on-line price is cheaper and they will get it to me much faster. And if they can match the price and delivery time to get the product, fine. They never can. Any business owner can order you anything you want from books to clothes to electronics. If a local merchant agrees to lower the price to match what I can get it for on-line and reduce the price to negate any sales tax, fine. If not, I will be a modern a-go-go kind of 21st century guy and shop the internet.

So your real reason is not availablity, it is on-line ease of getting it and price.


Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

DeeGee

“Mr. Get-the-Last-Word, of course, there are exceptions to every comment! But, can't you do better than pick an exception to the rule, to try to make your point?”

No, I cannot. You made an erroneous statement and I pointed that what you stated was a falsehood. So deal with it!


Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Article comment by: David Gaither

Tax Online Businesses wrote:

"business competition equalizer" - DG seems to be confused. A tax is not a "business competition equalizer"

Of course it isn't....I never said it was! The argument was that online businesses had an unfair business advantage, because they don't collect sales taxes. How, exactly is that a business disadvantage to a "brick and mortar" store, when they just pass it on to their customer? The online business, (in most cases, AN), have to charge to get the purchase to the customer. That is usually a much bigger charge than the sales tax charge, thus a bigger sales disadvantage to the online business!

This whole online sales tax issue is more about government wanting a new source of revenue than it is about sales disadvantages!


Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Article comment by: David Gaither

Anson's Nephew wrote:

"Nope. I do not pay a penny in shipping charges for my purchases on Amazon and if I hit a site that charges shipping and it is too high, I move on."

Mr. Get-the-Last-Word, of course, there are exceptions to every comment! But, can't you do better than pick an exception to the rule, to try to make your point?

Amazon is probably the largest online seller, and like any giant in a business environment, it can absorb such costs and make up for it in volume.


Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Tax Online Businesses

"business competition equalizer" - DG seems to be confused. A tax is not a "business competition equalizer" it is a way for businesses to pay for the infrastructure they use - roads they transport their goods, the courts they use to mitigate, the educated work force they use, etc., etc. Shipping and "Handling" (don't you just love that concept - handling) is simply a cost of business that is unique to the online businesses. Brick and mortar businesses have more than their share of costs.



Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

DeeGee

“Online sales already have a business competition equalizer. It's called the shipping charge. It is much more than the 9% sales, in most cases!”

Nope. I do not pay a penny in shipping charges for my purchases on Amazon and if I hit a site that charges shipping and it is too high, I move on.


Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I have been buying online for years and will continue to do so even if the sales tax goes through. I will still save 20 - 50% on items.

Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Article comment by: Teapot Tempast

Even as a "libral" I hate to pay taxes, but right is right. Actually, it is my understanding that if the company selling the product has a 'bricks 'n morter' store in the state, sales taxes are required anyway.

As to the difficulty of Internet sales companies having to charge and then pay the taxes, I can't imagine any problem. A simple computer look-up program based upon zipcodes should make it easy.


Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Article comment by: David Gaither

Danielle Lindsay wrote:

"We cannot let them continue to struggle because of this unfair process."

Online sales already have a business competition equalizer. It's called the shipping charge. It is much more than the 9% sales, in most cases!

Maybe you should add an $8-$12 fee to each "checkout" and then we would have equality in online to brick and mortar sales!


Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

I totally agree with you. I realize many people who comment here go out of their way to never support local businesses or the city because of the “onerous” local sales tax will be against this, but it seems fair to me. I do a lot of on-line ordering and have never considered sales tax as a reason for doing so – it comes down to ease of finding items that cannot be found locally.

I do see problems with how to handle the collections but I’m sure some clever software designer will come up with a program that handle it. However, I know that Amazon is currently charging AZ sales tax on some purchases so it is not an imponderable problem.


Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

I couldn't agree more. It is long past due that congress act on this issue. It is not fair that online retailers that are grabbing up market share of many business should be exempt from the same taxes local business have to pay. The only reason for such a policy is the Republicans refusal to raise taxes for any reason. I'm sure that they would say they support local businesses its now time to prove it.



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