Online sales tax is a current hot button topic. Our government is debating if there should be a sales tax on internet purchases currently. Every person has their own opinion about whether there should be an online sales tax. This doesn’t just effect the person or company doing the selling but also the consumer. There shouldn’t be a sales tax on person to person online purchases due to several factors including a sales tax has already been paid, it will dissuade people from selling their used items they no longer want, and every state has a different sales tax amount.
It doesn’t matter whom you are, a sales tax is added to the items when they are purchased. So a sales tax has already been applied. How many ...view middle of the document...
Obviously the person selling their used items is not going to become a millionaire so any profit that is brought in from the sale of used items should be kept as just that, profit. If they have to start applying a sales tax to the items they are selling the general price will have to be raised to cover the amount that will come out for that sales tax. With the prices going higher and higher to cover taxes, consumers will be less likely to purchase the items. Also, it would be difficult to record and calculate the sales tax for every transaction because many people purchase online items from across state lines.
How is the government supposed to regulate the sales tax for these online purchases? The amount of sales tax to be applied is different for every state. Some states do not apply a sales tax on purchases. Some people have tax exempt cards so they don’t have to pay sales tax either. Many items are sold across state lines, so would you have to pay a sales tax for both states or just one? And which state? There is not enough consistency along with too many variables in these used sales to apply a sales tax to items sold over internet.
We have a voice and a say to whether or not there will be a sales tax on internet purchases. As sellers and consumers we need to determine where we stand, either for or against online sales tax. There are two sides to every story and it’s up to you to know the pros and cons. Sales tax on internet purchases will continue to be debated by our government until there is a consensus between all parties involved. So take a stand, don’t approve online sales tax.