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All online sales can now be taxed

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-rules-states-can-require-online-retailers-collect-sales-n873416

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Supreme Court rules states can require online retailers to collect sales tax The justices broke with 50 years' worth of legal rulings that barred the states from imposing sales taxes on most of the purchases their residents make from out-of-state retailers.

In NY we're taxed by just about every website there is, but now the rest of the country can enjoy paying taxes for all their online purchases. :P No real change for amazon tho since they already charge taxes for almost every state anyway. I'm wondering if this could force ebay to collect taxes on every single individual seller's transactions now.


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It definitely shifts the advantage back to amazon for the one stop shop. I've bought something elsewhere before to skip out on the tax. I don't know how it is for you, but on some times I still don't get charged tax on amazon. I never really pay attention as to why, but I'll assume its because its a 3rd party seller. Its never anything big, it happens on $10-30 purchases for the most part.


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Amazon always taxes us for every purchase that I'm aware of. I usually try to avoid 3rd party sellers since most charge shipping. Maybe some 3rd party ones wouldn't charge me tax but I've never noticed. I think the only large retailer that doesn't charge tax in NY is newegg. But I know they charged me tax before. I think it was some lawsuit or something happened and they stopped charging tax in NY for a while but that will probably change now. I agree this definitely empowers amazon tho. Ever since NY made online retailers charge sales tax years ago almost all my online business shifted to amazon. I used to purchase from a variety of sites to avoid sales tax, but if I have to pay sales tax everywhere I might as well shop on the website with the biggest selection, 2 day shipping and easy returns. I will say that I've purchased more from walmart.com recently in the last couple years tho.

I read this court decision won't really affect most ebay sellers since it only targets individuals and businesses selling over $100,000.00 in goods per year. Some ebay bulk sellers out there are probably going to start making multiple alt accounts now to sell more products to get under the radar. I feel bad for small businesses tho. They're now going to have to upgrade their online selling software to take into account the tax rate of every state and then have to get their accountants to file all those tax claims for every individual state. I wonder how that'll work for small businesses. If its some giant tax bill they pay out to the different states once a year or if some states have laws that require monthly payments of those taxes. It could really screw some small companies logistically.


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Does this have any effect on say digital distribution? I don't think I've ever seen a tax from buying games, DLC, etcetera from Sony or Microsoft.

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Also I still find myself against Sales Tax. And Jeff Bezos evaded paying taxes.


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That's a very good point. I've never paid tax on any digital games. I don't think that'll change because I think the taxes can only be applied to a physical purchase. I could be wrong tho.


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