Internet Use Tax

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  1. 3506string

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    I happen to live in one of the great states that has already implemented the internet use tax. The way the collect it here is during tax time. They have a box asking if you've made any internet purchases. I'll be honest, there is no way possible that I can remember all the purchases I've made via the internet during a year, so I usually don't bother. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but hey it is what it is.

    About a week ago I logged onto my paypal to find an error message claiming a problem with my account. They need my tax number to be able to re-enable certain features of my account. So it looks like they are going to be using paypal to monitor online purchases.

    Honestly I wouldn't even mind the tax if they could do it at the time of sale. But, having to keep up with everything I buy on the net for a year seems like a major pain. I'm a single male and I claim 0 deductions, so uncle sammie already takes a healthy portion of my income. Looks like I'll be losing whatever refund I get to use tax from now on. :mad:

    I don't even know what kind of purchases are to be taxed. Do I have to pay tax on online music downloads, forum subscriptions, online software downloads. Online purchases made from an individual? Trades?

    Does anybody that already deals with this have any info/tips to keep on top of this use tax.
  2. fdeck

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    So far as I know, most states have charged sales tax on out-of-state purchase for a long time, but are only beginning to catch up on actually collecting it.

    I agree it's a pain. The major complicating factor is that sales tax is already charged at the time of sale by many online merchants, and there's no reason to pay a tax twice. Here's something that can help: PayPal and most credit card companies now allow you to download a ledger of your transactions into a spreadsheet. That makes it easier to run through your purchases and figure out what you owe.
  3. 3506string

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    I've done some quick research and it seems that Oklahoma has a site that will let you pay tax on purchases that don't collect it at the time of sale. You enter the info and they will draft the appropriate tax from a bank account.

    I think I'd rather go this route rather than waiting to pay at tax time. That's one of the reasons I don't claim any deductions. Take it all out now so I don't owe anything later.
  4. tastybasslines

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    In CA, if you are shipping to a CA address and online you get taxed. However, I have noticed that I do not get taxed if I buy from a 3rd party seller on Amazon though.
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  6. Chebass88

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    For NJ taxes, there is a table in the instruction booklet.

    If your income is between XXX & YYY, your estimated use tax is ZZZ.

    This is what I use.
  7. Unrepresented

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    You get taxes collected by vendors who do a certain amount of sales in California. The 3rd party sellers probably don't do sufficient business in California to have reach that level.
  8. LiquidMidnight

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    My state has the same thing, and that's what I use as well.
  9. will33

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    They're taxing the internet?:confused: What the hell?


    Luckily, as long as they can't tax face-to-face craigslist transactions, I'm all good.

    Or you can do like I've done with the very damn couple/few things I've bought online......communicate with the seller and do it the old fashoned way....mail each other money/product.

    Those bastards will tax anything if you let them......even tea.
  10. will33

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    I'd bet they do plenty of business in Cali. It's just the 3rd party makes it an out-of-state transaction. ;)

    Face-to-face cash is King. Barring that....3rd party private couriers carrying cash/product.
  11. Metalbasspro

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    They don't tax garage sales, if the item is used I say hands off.
  12. 3506string

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    Actually, in Oklahoma at least, you are required to collect and report sales tax if you have a garage sale.
  13. fmoore200

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    "Let the bears pay the bear tax. I pay the Homer tax."

    "No, Dad, you pay the home owners tax."
  14. fdeck

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    They do.
  15. Immigrant

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    Just wait until the Cable/Internet providers grease enough palms to lube up the bills they're trying to get through. If they succeed, well all be paying with a meter involved so that when you stream a lot, you'll pay extra.

    It's how they operate. First, they bill the crap out of you for cable packages and make a bunch of money and become Internet providers also. Then when their customers ditch the big cable packages and start mainlining Netflix, they want a piece of that action also.
  16. Metalbasspro

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    I have an idea. Lets get rid of the income taxes and have corporations pay it all. Another 20 years and corporations will be the only one's with money anyway.

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