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Impending CA Sales Tax Sparks Amazon Buying Frenzy 259

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-it-while-it's-hot-and-doesn't-support-the-government dept.
New submitter payola writes "On September 15, Amazon will begin adding in sales tax for purchases made in California. This is sparking a buying frenzy among California residents who are rushing to buy consumer electronics and other expensive items on the site before the deadline. Of course, consumers are supposed to pay sales taxes on their online purchases anyway, but few actually do. 'Amazon is not the only Internet merchant affected by the new law. But as the nation's largest online retailer, it has been the main target. More than 200 other out-of-state companies with major business in California may also be on the hook to collect sales taxes on items shipped to the state. The tax revenue from these online sales is being lauded as a win for the debt-ridden state, which estimates it will see an additional $317 million annually as a result; more than $83 million of that is expected to come from Amazon alone.'"
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Impending CA Sales Tax Sparks Amazon Buying Frenzy

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  • Re:Jerks (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @06:07PM (#41240993)

    I don't avoid taxes when I feel that my money is well spent. But its been a long time since I felt that way.

    Agreed, this is a common issue with most countries. I don't mind paying taxes, but I for damn sure want value for my money.

  • Re:Jerks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Cute Fuzzy Bunny (2234232) on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @06:33PM (#41241277)

    And for those against taxes, how do you think the roads get built and repaired, bridges built, libraries funded, oversight to make sure our water, food, and medical care are safe, even trains and other public transportation (when you need it you appreciate it), fire departments, emergency response, kids educated, streets and roadways cleaned, etc. etc. etc. No taxes - and we will just end up with new fees from other sources.

    I wish they'd spend money on those things. We've had our school budgets cut so far I had to spend $250 on school supplies for my kids room. Real exotic stuff like staplers and marker pens for the white board. I also have to routinely fix school computers as it appears they cut everyone who can fix anything. My wife and I spend time daily in the classroom, because there are too many students and the teachers can't even perform class management, let alone teach them.

    We spend more on education and health care, yet get among the worst results.

    All of the county fire departments and state resources are all isolated now and won't help each other without being paid for the pleasure. Can't wait until the next time we have a huge fire near a county line and everyone on the other side is sitting on their hands, waiting to get paid.

    I live in a wealthy town, yet my roads suck. Most of the roads around here do. 15 miles from the state capital, so it aint like Jerry doesn't see it.

    We cut our library staffs so much, many of them closed or are only open limited hours.

    We're currently spending billions on a high speed rail that starts in the middle of nowhere and ends in the middle of nowhere, which nobody will ride.

    But we spent $400k to put up new rodeo drive quality signs in my town.

    My friend Jerry says he's asking for a tax increase, and if we don't give into it, he'll cut the schools, healthcare and state welfare budgets. I seem to have missed how they're going to cut back on unnecessary spending, like any sane person would do when they're spending more than they're taking in.

    Sounds a lot like extortion to me.

    I'd be Buffet-like and write a check for extra, if they actually put the money to good use. But they don't. If they spent most of it in the areas you mentioned, I'd be all for it. But that stuff is in last place when it comes time to write a check. The politicians know most of us are too stupid to think it through and will just buckle and pay more.

    But if they raise taxes, I'm packed and ready to leave. We already pay high income, sales and property taxes. I'm not getting my moneys worth. Nevada or New Mexico or Oregon are alllll calling...

  • Re:Great (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot AT hackish DOT org> on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @06:54PM (#41241491)

    If you show me where I can sign to reduce the ridiculous prison spending, I'll sign ASAP.

    We could start by repealing the absurd drug criminalization, and the 3-strikes law.

  • Re:Jerks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fozzy1015 (264592) on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @07:34PM (#41241909)

    Biggest problem I have with government is it spends whatever it likes, regardless how much I pay in taxes.

    This. Why should we feel morally compelled to offer up MORE of our hard earned money to a group of people who are completely unable to responsibly handle what we already give them? Even if we turned over our entire yearly incomes and lived off the land, they'd still find a way to utterly piss it all away and we'd be in the same boat. Blaming *us* for the state's financial woes is blaming the victim. The state needs to get its own shit straight before they go pointing the finger at anybody else.

    It's hard to have sympathy for the state's plight. When the state announced they were going to close 70 state parks private individuals donated money in an attempt to keep some of those parks open.

    Then it turned out that up to $54 million was squirrelled away, for still murky reasons, that should of gone to funding the parks.

    If CA finances are this much of a mess how can Californians in good conscious be asked to pay yet more in tax hikes?

    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/politics&id=8750455

  • Re:Jerks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by dkleinsc (563838) on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @08:40PM (#41242439) Homepage

    No, they'll Prop 123 to demand X (which passes), and in the same election Prop 124 for the tax increase to pay for X (which gets voted down). Which is one of the major reasons why they're budget is in a serious mess.

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