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Gov. Malloy Proposes Measure To 'Tax' Coupons (tax original, not sale price)
WFSB ^

Posted on 02/27/2011 4:19:29 PM PST by matt04

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Devotees of coupons and discounts are angry at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to slap a new sales tax on the original price of a good or service rather than the discounted price.

Ending the sales tax exemptions for coupons, discounts and automobile trade-ins are among tax exemptions Malloy has proposed ending to help close the state's projected $3.5 billion deficit. For example, the tax would be imposed on the $30 price of a blouse, not the $15 sales price.

... Like many avid couponers, Juliano pays little or nothing for items after matching coupons with sales. For example, she recently used a $3 coupon to buy a bottle of Gain fabric softener that was on sale for $2.99 at Rite Aid.

"Under his proposal, I would have to pay tax on that, which is not right because I didn't pay for the item," said Juliano, who runs classes on couponing. "Everybody who does this, it's not like they're rich. They're doing this to survive."

(Excerpt) Read more at wfsb.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 2evil4words; malloy; tax; taxandspend; taxedenoughalready; taxhikes
Barley making ends meet, the new "rich" to support the moocher class. Public employees and their unions have priority over you. Congrats, fellow CT residents you voted for this man, suck it up.
1 posted on 02/27/2011 4:19:39 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

They will think of anything to make a buck off the taxpayer.


2 posted on 02/27/2011 4:21:41 PM PST by Venturer
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To: matt04

They tried this at my car dealer here in Texas the last time I bought a new one. Big rebate, but they tried to tax the car before the rebate. I had evidence all over the place that they were wrong. So I was ready to walk, and then they owned up...but they pushed and pushed right until the end.


3 posted on 02/27/2011 4:21:52 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: PJ-Comix

Coupon ping.


4 posted on 02/27/2011 4:23:08 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: matt04

“They’re doing this to survive.”

Not in America they aren’t. America has 250lb bums.

I’ll accept “They’re doing this to live.”, but no further...


5 posted on 02/27/2011 4:23:19 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: matt04

The dems are getting creative in their raping the ordinary folk. But this is, after all, CT.. they wanted this guy, so I just can`t seem to muster up any sympathy.


6 posted on 02/27/2011 4:26:53 PM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: matt04

The NUTmegger elected that NUT so they are getting what they deserve.


7 posted on 02/27/2011 4:26:53 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: matt04

CT residents sure elected a real winner with this guy.


8 posted on 02/27/2011 4:27:18 PM PST by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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To: matt04
So now those greedy bastards don't want to give us a reach around, or any KY...

All democrats be damned.
9 posted on 02/27/2011 4:27:42 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: matt04

[For example, the tax would be imposed on the $30 price of a blouse, not the $15 sales price. ]

Insanity. Next, they will pass a law requiring retailers to start out with a 5,000% markup on the original price.


10 posted on 02/27/2011 4:27:51 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: matt04

Sounds like a recipe for confusion and a real interesting time for the auditors and tax collectors that will be trying to enforce this equitably.

I’m not thinking about the $3 bottle of detergent cited in the article, but more expensive items like used cars in which the prices are a lot more flexible, how do you verify what the “original” price of the 2008 Lexus that was sold and whose price changed several times before the final sale of it.
Sounds like a accounting mess, and something that is likely to change sales practices in the vehicle, appliance, airline tickets and other higher ticket items.


11 posted on 02/27/2011 4:31:25 PM PST by I_Like_Spam
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To: matt04

Democrats are heartless. Clipping coupons is the only entertainment some poor folks get. Democrat Scrooges want to tax away their fun.


12 posted on 02/27/2011 4:31:48 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: matt04

Slippery Slope Alert

Then they should also tax ANY retail item on sale at the “pre” sale price. That’s all a coupon is. A sale price.

According to this logic, grocery chains’ house brand products should be taxed at the price of the more costly brand names not purchased.


13 posted on 02/27/2011 4:31:48 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: matt04
I didn't know his party affiliation, but I said to myself, "Self, this guy has to be a DemocRAT or a RINO".

Looked him up.

Yep, Democrat.

Is anyone surprised?

14 posted on 02/27/2011 4:37:49 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

“Democrats are heartless. Clipping coupons is the only entertainment some poor folks get. Democrat Scrooges want to tax away their fun.”

A Democrat never met a tax they didn’t like.


15 posted on 02/27/2011 4:39:07 PM PST by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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To: ChildOfThe60s

I think the pre-sale price, not just coupons are also include in this plan.


16 posted on 02/27/2011 4:48:13 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

That’s taxing the imputed value of an item, instead of the actual price. Pretty outrageous, even for Democrats. Will the Rats who control that legislature pass it? That will do wonders for their claims to be for the little guy.


17 posted on 02/27/2011 4:49:42 PM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: I_Like_Spam
...Sounds like a recipe for confusion...

Sure it is, and that's the beauty of it. The tax is collected at the point of sale, by the merchant, so it's (nearly) pure profit, cheap to implement on the gov't side. Any "confusion" on how much tax is owed will be settled by fining the merchant for the amount they fail to "collect".

18 posted on 02/27/2011 4:50:15 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: matt04

Eventually the State just needs to determine the “correct” price for each and every item. A store can sell for any price they wish (whether everyday low prices, sale prices, or coupons), but will have to collect tax on the state-determined “suggested retail price.”


19 posted on 02/27/2011 4:54:35 PM PST by Boss_Jim_Gettys (Tagline taking the day off, but has note from a doctor in Wisconsin.)
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To: matt04

Politicans like this are just plain evil....they deserve nothing, make nothing and figure they own everyone’s money..


20 posted on 02/27/2011 4:56:16 PM PST by goat granny
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To: matt04

If the State can do this to people, they can do anything they want. If they can somehow implement this, I think we would see quite a few large purchases being done in other states. If they want to kill their economy, this is a good way to do it.


21 posted on 02/27/2011 4:57:34 PM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: matt04
I think the pre-sale price, not just coupons are also include in this plan

This is essentially the government deciding what a product is worth, then taxing you on that "value".

And what would be the pre sale price? Last week? Yesterday?

This is plain and simple a plan to tax any sale at any value they feel like using. It is "Looking Glass Land" taxation...administered by the Red Queen.

This would justify a Tea Party more closely resembling the original. Nay, it would DEMAND one.

22 posted on 02/27/2011 5:10:40 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Juliano

"Everybody who does this, it's not like they're rich."

What's the relevance, class bigot? Hope they tax your butt to the poor house.


23 posted on 02/27/2011 5:11:25 PM PST by I see my hands (You can know the young posters by the desperate optimism in their posts.)
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To: matt04
Can you IMAGINE the problems this would cause at a Dollar Store? A Flea Market? A Tag Sale (for you non-Yankees, that's a yard sale)>

I live in this state, where everyone talks 'RED', but votes 'BLUE' based on the big lie...'Democrats are for the little guy'.

24 posted on 02/27/2011 5:25:28 PM PST by Eric (Re-Elect Palin/Bachman - 2016)
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To: matt04
I think the pre-sale price, not just coupons are also include in this plan.

Regularly sells for $10,000 today only $20,000. Save $2,000 by paying zero taxes!!!!

It was only offered for $10,000 for one minute when the cars arrived at the lot. Everyone has to understand the concept for it to work, though.

25 posted on 02/27/2011 5:37:42 PM PST by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: matt04

‘Tis crud like this that makes me reconsider the merits of a barter system.


26 posted on 02/27/2011 6:39:12 PM PST by DemforBush (Insert pithy catchphrase here)
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To: matt04

Ask around and see who voted for these morons. I guarantee that “now” everyone in the state will deny voting for them!


27 posted on 02/27/2011 7:02:01 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Venturer

In the end, war will ensure, someday, when the fat, non-producers shoveling money into their overstuffed checking accounts dries up, they will fight for the money they never earned.

Pensioners, unfortunately, could be the first hit.


28 posted on 02/27/2011 8:42:02 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: BobL

Very interesting. I think it works the other way around here in New Jersey. If an item is “discounted,” then the sales tax is paid on the discounted price. If there is a “rebate” involved, then the tax is computed on the original price even if the rebate is applied right on the spot (as opposed to mailing in a form to get it back later). This is an important consideration in car purchases. If the sticker price is $25,000 and you negotiate it down to $22,500 . . . and the manufacturer is offering a $1,500 rebate on top of all that to bring the price down to $21,000, then you pay the sales tax based on the $22,500 price.


29 posted on 02/27/2011 9:17:18 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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