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I got it today.
"I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances." ~ Martha Washington
http://stores.ebay.com/End-of-the-Rainbow-Gifts
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I didn't receive an email....

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Dear Kim,

Congress is considering online sales tax legislation that is wrongheaded and unfair, and I am writing to ask for your help in telling Congress "No!" to new sales taxes and burdens for small businesses.

Whether you're a consumer who loves the incredible selection and value that small businesses provide online, or a small-business seller who relies on the Internet for your livelihood, this legislation potentially affects you. For consumers, it means more money out of your pocket when you shop online from your favorite seller or small business shop owner. For small business sellers, it means you would be required to collect sales taxes nationwide from the more than 9,600 tax jurisdictions across the U.S. You also would face the prospect of being audited by out-of-state tax collectors. That's just wrong, and an unnecessary burden on you.

Big national retailers are aggressively lobbying Congress to pass online sales tax legislation to "level the playing field" with Amazon. And, as they compete with big retail, Amazon is advocating for this legislation too, while at the same time they are seeking local tax exemptions across the country to build warehouses. This is a "big retail battle" in which small businesses and consumers have a lot to lose. But eBay is fighting, as we have for more than 15 years, to protect small online businesses and sellers and ensure healthy competition, value, and selection that benefit consumers online.

The solution is simple: if Congress passes online sales tax legislation, we believe small businesses with less than 50 employees or less than $10 million in annual out-of-state sales should be exempt from the burden of collecting sales taxes nationwide. To put that in perspective, Amazon does more than $10 million in sales every 90 minutes. So we believe this is a reasonable exemption to protect small online businesses. That's what we're fighting for, and what big companies such as Amazon are fighting against.

I hope you agree that imposing unnecessary tax burdens on small online businesses is a bad idea. Join us in letting your Members of Congress know they should protect small online businesses, not potentially put them out of business. Click here to make your voice heard. Together, I believe our voices can make a difference.

Sincerely,


John Donahoe
President and CEO
eBay Inc.

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Got mine on one account..
Haven't received on any of my other accounts.
Time dated last night.
eBay must've made the decision to roll the emails at varied times/dates.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/21/ebay-online-sales-tax_n_3127098.html


Bobby,
Your forum is talking about this?
If I can get to it, I'd like to see what they are saying.
To make it easier for me...could you link the discussion?
Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

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One of the things about it that gets me - In my state the sales tax rate on mail order items varies depending on where the person lives. We have state sales tax, county sales tax, and city sales tax. So, if you live inside city limits you pay all 3. If you live outside the city limits you're supposed to only pay state and county.  Well, since you have to go by the person's address, rather than the 5 digit zip, walmart.com and several other big box retailers cant manage to get it right. If they can't get it right, how are smaller businesses supposed to get it right? 

Most will fix it by refunding the difference if you call it to their attention. Sears.com promised to, but never did.  Walmart.com refused to, saying I need to learn the law. Um, I know the laws and regulations on the issue and even sent them copy of email from Okla Tax Commission about it.  AT&T cellular lost a class action lawsuit over this very thing.

Side note on address Vs. ZIP - One can use the 9 digit zip to determine tax rate in most cases, but there are a few instances where even that spans multiple tax rate zones.
« Last Edit: April 23, 2013, 01:10:04 PM by WayOutWest »

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The ultimate unfairness is this: when was the last time you walked into a brick and mortar store and gave the cashier your home zip code so the store could charge you your local tax rate (the one the law says you should be assessed) instead of the merchant's local rate? Why can't we just agree that sales taxes are assessed at point of sale not at customer's residence and be over with it?

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The prob in Oklahoma is that they decided that point of sale is where the customer takes physical possession of the goods. From what I've heard, Ohio has similar situation.
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And I say that point of sale is the last place the merchant had possession of it. I know that's not the law, but if it were the law, the states could get their income without driving the merchants crazy.
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Yeah, it would make it so much easier.  And there's already a way for them to collect tax monies on out of state purchases -- use tax.  Many people don't pay it, for it's an honor system, but that's an enforcement issue, not a taxation issue.

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Today the Senate voted on the cloture motion for the Internet Sales Tax (formally known as S. 743: Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013).  Cloture passed with 63 yea votes (it needed 60).

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/s111


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I've been watching this and watching who votes which way.

  

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