He writes, "...do you have any idea how much sales tax revenue is lost to
the state of Utah from consumers perhaps finding a 'deal?'"Utah does collect taxes on those purchases. I pay a "Use" tax as
part of my annual state income tax for everything I buy outside of the state for
use inside the state. It's the law.Those who don't must
not believe in the rule of law and are illegal tax evaders. What part of
"illegal" do they not understand? Do they deserve amnesty? The longer
we refuse to enforce this law the more we can expect illegals to flout it and
burden our economy.
Seems like businessmen like to talk about a free market when speaking to the
public but often join with their brothers in organizations to prevent a free
market. Campaigns to “buy local” are attempts to sway
the consumer away from price competition and provide a subsidy to the local
businessman. The notion that states should collect sales tax on
internet purchases is the same idea. While providing no services whatsoever to
the internet vendor, the state wants to apply a penalty on them for selling
goods in this state. The fact is that if the state wins their case, it will be
the resident of the state that pays the tax so it is simply a new tax on
residents. And by calling it a sales tax, it is prevented from being a tax
deduction. Meanwhile, we are ask to pay American prices for foreign
goods made by cheap labor or by local cheap labor.
I would just as soon buy something made locally by cheap labor than foreign. Our
tax structure and red tape, call that too many regulations chase companies out
of the country, out of a state, etc. Private enterprise has to make a profit.
If they can't they are out of business.
Does anyone know of any places I can move to, besides Hong Kong and Singapore,
where I don't have to deal with a hundred different bureaucracies telling
me what to do? I'll buy local in a place like that.
Tucket. The food you eat is nearly all the work of cheap labor.
It’s just that you don’t get to buy it at cheap prices. You should
count your self lucky if the food is produced according to the regulations. In
truth the farmer, the trucker, the warehouse and all the other hands that the
food goes through tend to operate just barely within the law. The law made up
of thousands of regulations. I think the reason people tend to live
longer than their ancestors is because they get the benefit of all the bad
experience of the previous and the regulations to prevent the bad experiences.