I was up early this morning watching the news, when a story really knocked me for a loop. It stated that those in SC that purchased items online, didn't pay the sales tax or inform the gov't, will get a sales tax bill for all the purchases made. Apparently, when you buy something online, even if it is not in the state where you live, you are required to pay the sales tax on that item...in SC and a few other states.
This got me curious. I am a homebody, in a wheelchair. I don't go out much to brick and mortar stores and therefore do a lot of online shopping. When I think of all the purchases I made online in 2011, a chill runs down my spine. I wondered if this applied to GA. Well, apparently, if the site where you purchase items don't add a sales taxes, you are not required to. Hmmm...there are things I have purchased from stores in GA and a sales tax was added, but then others from Amazon that were purchased out of state had no sales tax. Now, Governor Nathan Deal is considering extending GA State tax collections to internet purchases.
If I was on vacation in Delaware or New Hampshire and purchase an item, there is no sales tax. If I bring said ittem back to GA am I required to then pay a tax? NO! Why should I pay a sales tax on an item that I purchase online from a store or seller from a state that has no sales tax? What about states that have a lower tax than GA. Will the GA sales tax rate apply? I guess they are saying that you are sitting in your home, in GA where the purchase originates, so the item is bought in GA, so the GA tax rate would apply. With shipping already crazy, we now need to worry about taxes on the internet too. Put it to a vote!
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