States Bent on Collecting Internet Taxes
This is ripped from NTFS.com
"Remember all those gifts you bought online during the holidays? Now it's time to pay sales tax on them, at least so say the income tax forms of 20 states.
The latest to outstretch that revenue-seeking hand are New York and California, which this year added a line requiring taxpayers to declare any tax they owe on out-of-state purchases.
Though state revenue agencies similarly sought sales tax on mail-order items before the e-commerce boom of the late 90s, Internet sales have "really shined a spotlight on it and increased the urgency," said Harley Duncan, executive director of the Federation of Tax Administrators.
By law, residents are supposed to pay sales taxes to their states if they order books, clothing, computers and other items by mail or online from businesses based elsewhere.
"Nobody—very few—ever followed that rule," said Anthony Leone, a certified public accountant in Buffalo.
The National Governors Association estimates state and local governments will lose at least $35 billion this year from Internet sales.
The new tax return line, New York state officials say, forces taxpayers to confront their liability or potentially face audits that could uncover credit card statements and mounting tax debt.
But it's unclear whether that threat is enough."
Bring it on tax geek fiends.
There is no way they will ever get my money.
Bad enough that 1/4 of all the tech parts I order (New Egg, Googlegear et al) come from Cali and I pay taxes on them anyway, they can go to hell if they think I'm gonna spew up any more info than that.
The state revenooers are welcome to add all the new lines they want onto their tax forms... but I'm not too worried about it. I figure that the only way this will come into play is if one of two situations applies. One is that your state tax return is already being audited or scrutinized for some other reason, and the auditor in question is just out to really mess up your day.
The only other way this would get real teeth is if the fed, probably under some bizarre provision of Patriot 2 or 3, tried to integrate and monitor credit card purchase records, business tax returns, and personal tax returns. All in the name of monitoring the cash flow of American dollars, keeping American business going to American companies, and denying funds to terrorist groups... That would be a massive bureaucratic undertaking that we'd all see coming from a mile off, and it would take years to implement. Should be plenty of time to howl it down...
But then, that's assuming it wasn't slipped thru the books in the same way that Patriot 1 was pushed thru, with Congress critters pressured to vote before they'd had a chance to read it -- or even before full copies were available to be read. That has to be one of the darkest hours of our legislative history.
Sure, I'm paranoid... but that doesn't mean they aren't out to get us in DC. When it comes to instituting further privacy-invasive measures of control, I wouldn't put much past Ashcroft. The man is a snake: all I have to remember is that he once lost an election in Missouri to a dead man.
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