2/1: Should Internet merchants charge sales tax?

Moderated by Rick Badie

Scott Hellman wants his furniture business in Kennesaw to have a level playing field. He says Internet merchants who don’t charge sales taxes hold an edge. Below, he explains how the arrangement hurts small-business owners.

And retail association executive Rick McAllister lobbies for a state law to close the tax loophole.  But there’s another point of view, too. What do you think?

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February 1st, 2012
2:27 pm

Short answer: No!
Long answer: If they federal government allows sales tax to be charged on out of state internet purchases (Georgia has no say in this anyway, it’s a federal issue) then the sales tax should correctly go to the state where the store is located, not the customer’s state. If I buy something when I’m in New York, I pay New York sales tax. If I buy something from the same New York store over the internet while sitting at home in Georgia, if anything, I should pay New York sales tax, not Georgia sales tax.
Why should the state of Georgia (or any state) think that they have any claim on my sales tax dollars that I’m not spending in Georgia? That’s just a BS excuse to steal more of my money.


February 1st, 2012
1:09 pm

Depending upon the seller’s location sales tax on internet sales may or may not be permissible. The Supremes have long since settled this issue, so it matters not whether the State of Georgia or some envious local brick and mortar retailers want to charge the tax.


February 1st, 2012
10:02 am

Fire the IRS, consumption based taxes ONLY..