Jun 11, 2011

The Creative Destruction of Capitalism

Lisa Benson, 6/11/11:
Actually, in California as in every other US state, sales taxes are owed on all purchases -- merchants collect those taxes on local purchases, and currently aren't required to do so on some mail-order, phone and Internet transactions, but consumers are actually required to pay those taxes to their state governments every year.

(They don't, of course, but they're all breaking the law currently.)

And the old exemption from collecting taxes was entirely based on the fact that it would be too cumbersome and unwieldy to do so...which no longer carries much weight, in a world in which many on-line retailers (Wal-Mart, Amazon's store for Target) already collect tax nationwide.

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