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If they start to enforce it, more power to them, but keep in mind this country started from events like the Boston Tea Party where we got fed up paying sky-high taxes.
So consider it civil disobedience. :)
Most will answer 'mandatory', where everyone should pay what they are required to pay under existing laws. If so, then why should one volunteer to pay more than is required, simply because the government asks us to? If it is indeed mandatory, such as all other taxes, then they should implement laws that apply to internet purchases where it is charged up front at point of transaction or end of fiscal quarter/year. Which is what is happening now starting in some states. But until then...
Can't have it both ways Big Brother.
So, do you feel this way about most other things too? If there is nobody there to enforce a law it is ok to break it? I sense you have high morals.
But what you are speaking of is not 'law' and is still currently under debate within legislature at federal and state levels. Therefore, enforcement of such is a non-starter if it does not apply to your state to begin with. For instance, I'm in California where internet purchases are not subject to sales tax. I do not recall an option to file such during my tax filings this past year either. So in that case, what should one do? Of course, what you are speaking of relates to states that do request that you declare such purchases. Federally speaking, those states are in the gray area. Interstatial trade and commerce is still up for debate for everyone else.
Black and white is how the law should be. If you want it, make it law that applies like everything else. Charging sales tax like everything else makes it clear as an obligation of the individual. Fair and even across the board, isn't that how it should be?
Pretty much every country in the civilised world seems to have figured out a system of clawing back tax on online purchases without putting such a monstrous burden on their citizens; if the U.S. Government was genuinely serious about levying such taxes I suspect they'd have figured out a way of doing it by now...
I repeat @Pitfall69 , I agree we should pay all our taxes. Just a matter of how the process works. I just don't agree with the current approach of burdening the individual instead of the business.
I wish they would audit me actually, maybe they'd realize I've been paying too much and not deducting enough lol.
I know Amazon is exploiting the loophole because they dont have a brick and mortar store and they use it to their advantage.
Does it make your ego feel better that you pay taxes on internet purchases and that 99% of the rest of US taxpayers are probably not in compliance? This is like the posts when I read someone has stockpiled 40 MMV (no offense @LegoFanTexas) in the Predictions thread. It's just eye rolling worthy... why bring it up? There is nothing positive to come of it.
I pay more taxes than the majority of citizens of this country... seemingly more than the majority of businesses in this country! I also believe that I'm taxed enough and pay way more than my fair share. If I can get a set less at Amazon than Target where they ship it to me free in 2 days, I'm doing that every time. When it comes time for Amazon to settle up, they'll be fined by my state and I'll start paying the tax just like many others are doing.
I'm visiting my parent's this weekend in Delaware and shopping tax free at the LEGO store. I'll drive that haul back to my house in North Carolina. Am I disserving my fellow citizens of North Carolina because I made a purchase in a state that doesn't have a sales tax? Now some program probably won't get funded.
Why we're debating silly things... why not bring up that LEGO is made of oil? Or how we hurt the environment with all air express 2 day Amazon Prime shipping of sets... Or how driving around to 5 different Walmarts and Targets during clearance season is polluting our ozone layer. Oh wait... it takes gas to fill up my truck and jet fuel to fly those planes... which are taxed! :-)
If anything, all this spending of money with Amazon helps stimulate this crap global economy we're all dealing with. More money spent = more jobs = more taxpayers... and less people using certain programs that taxes go to pay for.
Second, If we ARE going down the tubes, this isn't the reason. Out of control spending, out of control tort laws, and other reasons would place much higher in my list.
This is why courts issue opinions and not statements of fact.
For example, the recent SCOTUS ruling on The Affordable Care Act is wrong, it is clearly unconstitutional to anyone who can read the English language, however so is half of what the US Government does, so we threw out that old dusty paper long ago. Now it (the US Constitution) means whatever our Government wants it to mean.
But that has always been true throughout all of human history. Go read the Declaration of Independence. Not all of it applies today, but much of it is now true of our own Government. We are still better off in most ways than we were under King George, but in some ways worse.
But it is a different world today, so who knows what the future holds. :) I'm pretty sure we won't solve a thing debating it here, that's for sure! :)