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Old 10-12-2007, 01:08 PM   #61
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But nobody declares stuff like a Sony Reader. It would be silly.
Suppose 300,000,000 people each don't bother to declare something like a Sony Reader - let's say it's something costing $333 for the sake of argument. That's a total of $100bn work of sales. 5% tax on that is $5bn.

That's a fair hunk of change to be "not worth it"
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:12 PM   #62
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That's a fair hunk of change to be "not worth it"
Well, if actually rooting them out and collecting that $5 Billion carried a cost of $5.1 Billion, then no, it wouldn't be worth it.

The cost of enforcement is an important factor there.
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Then again if the goverment knows for a fact that the highly endebted population will buy less if hindered buy taxes, is it not a good thing for the economy to let some types of sales 'slide by'? Looking to an other side, are interstate officials numerous enough to control every sale? Would it be possible to automate surveilance? Would it be legal?
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:31 PM   #64
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Here is a new twist. I used to have a GF who lived in New Hampshire where there was no sales tax. If I bought something to be used both in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, what sort of tax should I pay? I mean, I am also using it where there is no sales tax as well as where there is sales tax. So what happens now?
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:11 PM   #65
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It's really quite simple: The sales tax is supposed to be applied in the state in which the product is bought. Doesn't matter where you take it or use it. It's the easiest and most practical way to do it. If I was told to charge everyone a tax, it would be 5% across the board for everyone, regardless of where they were, even overseas.

It's essentially the same if I order from a catalog, or over the phone, with out-of-state companies (and that never made a lot of sense to me either, as you've pointed out, a lot of money is being passed up that way).

At any rate, I don't think it makes a difference in the long run. I don't know too many people who, if they really wanted to buy the Sony reader, would balk because it had an extra $15 added to it. Heck, people still buy cars and pay hundreds in taxes, but cars sell just fine. They just search for the lowest deal, and buy. If taxes are levied across the internet, it won't put a dent in commerce.
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I used to like playing the original "Adventure" game on a DEC PDP 8 in my (long ago) student days. That was a REAL computer - 48kb (yes, kilobytes) of memory, and it happily supported 20 simultaneous users. Not of this needing 2GB of RAM for a single user. Bah, humbug!
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