Skip to comments.Gregoire pushes for online sales tax
Posted on 11/26/2012 7:11:11 PM PST by Baynative
Gov. Chris Gregoire's time in office may be best remembered for the major deals she helped broker, often in late-night bargaining sessions in which negotiators were ordered to find a resolution.
Now the Democrat, two months away from leaving Washington state government, is looking to finalize one more big agreement.
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Typical lib, trying to kill off some more businesses even in her last days in office.
European style VAT or a national sales tax is coming to pay for kenyancare.
Higher tax rate, reduced revenue, who would have thunk it.
With tax free Oregon right next door, this isn’t going to fix the issue.
I remember when my Dad came out to visit me and had to pay 15% to rent a car, was shocking to my parents who are from the country on the east coast.
WOW, that's a good one. I hope it catches on!
"It's one of my top priorities right now," Gregoire said. "We desperately need the money."
Why you so broke, bish? Bad budgets? Can't count to 100?
I thought the tax on car rentals at SeaTac was 21%.
Don't you think the same argument was made about the advent of mail-order shopping? The internet is today's Sears-Roebuck catalog.
Just kill off the last thing keeping the economy afloat....
Stand too close to a dying Democrat and he’ll have his hand in your pocket (`Aahh, change!’ croak).
LOL, it was a while ago.
Not having to pay Washington state sales tax is one of the things that make it fun to shop on the internet.
Maybe she’ll slip in the shower and break a hip.
Get your figures straight. When I buy on-line, I pay more in shipping charges than I would pay sales tax on MOST items under $200 (which are majority of items sold on-line) if I walked into a brick & mortar store locally.
I like on-line for the convenience. It saves me time, and I do not have to fight crazed shoppers looking for bargains.
You are completely wrong. I own a main street business in a rural farm town. I also sell the exact same products nationally and internationally via a website.
Many of my local buyers buy from me online and zip by on their lunch break or on their way home from work to pick up their order. Or they are using a mobile shopping app and use their smartphone to find my shop.
Main street businesses that do not have a website or sell online are simply failing to adapt to the market.
“She is absolutely right, tax free on line sales are killing main street business in the USA. It is an unfair situation. The only people gaining are UPS and FedX. “
I disagree! The consumer is benefitting, because it isn’t the lack of a sales tax that’s the greatest appeal ( although the idea of keeping even a little bit of my money out of the hands of the morons in state government is appealing), it’s the convenience and the broad spectrum of selection. Here in CA they’ve started trying to collect “use tax” from residents on their state income tax returns. You can either claim what you’ve actually paid, or have them “figure” it on your AGI. I decided to let the tax program “ figure” my liability and it turned out to be a pittance.
Still trying to sell the problem as someone else not paying their “fair share,” as opposed to the government class spending far, far more than any projected revenue they can reasonably expect.
They will fail, yes. They will take America with them.
so you see, the old rat gov will get the taxes all passed so the new rat gov. can say he didn't do it....
Gregoire is apiece of work....she brokered that big tobacco deal, and then instead of leaving the money as it was intended to parse it out over many years, the state grabbed the entire amt and used it up immediately....
and of course our state has had all these budget woes, what with the govt unions running the state and all...
so just cut the taxes period...
>She is absolutely right, tax free on line sales are killing main street business in the USA. It is an unfair situation. The only people gaining are UPS and FedX.
And the customers that don’t have to pay the tax are not gaining?
Why would any sane person even consider giving government more money to waste on the lazy and welfare crowd?
Look at it this way, less local jobs, less local school money, less local infrastructure money, fewer local businesses and government is who “we” elect. The “I got mine, now you get yours” attitude is cute, but it won’t pay the bills very long.
To hear the politicians tell it, the money is being used to support the local businesses. The local businesses would prefer that you buy from them and not do your shopping on the internet. By making local sales taxes apply to those out-of-state internet sales, you are forcing the internet retailer to absorb the cost of collecting and sending those tax monies to the state, where they will be spent to benefit brick and mortar stores that are the direct competitors of the internet retailer, and will put them out of business if they can. How is that fair?
No, No, No, she is right, if the states don’t do it, the Feds will, then you do have a problem, please look at this a little more and help this Lady if you can. I am not a Lib, but I agree with her, thanks.
You are right, but not if the state gets it first. Please help this Lady, she is right. Thanks
That is because they have physical presence in the state.
The lady is right, please research it a little deeper, thanks.
No, the lady is wrong - and I have done my research. Why should a retailer located in, say, Delaware which has no sales tax and no physical presence in Washington have to worry about collecting Washington sales tax? Why do you wish to put undue burdens on small businesses? And why do you wish to force more taxes on your fellow freepers?
Don’t you charge sales tax?
Shipping charges are your excuse â= they do not pay city bills or infrastructure costs. Please come out of the shallows and get some depth in your thinking, you are wrong, this Lady is right, please help her while you can, thanks.
Please explain to me why, as a resident of Virginia, I should pay ales tax to an business in Washington? I am already obligated to pay Virginia sales/use tax on my purchase and you wish to double tax me now?
I am under now obligation in any way shape or form to pay for the misguided spending habits of your government.
And BTW - Gregoire is NO lady.
Hello.........there is huge UPS depot and a pretty good size Fedex office in my town. I have a feeling they are not exempt from any city taxes. And they employ hundreds of people.
Nope, I live in Oregon, which has no sales tax. Even if I lived in WA, I would only collect sales tax from in state buyers, which is how it should be.
Gregoire wants to tax the freaking world for being stupid enough to buy from a WA based seller. This will not increase revenue for WA, it will merely make it harder for WA businesses to compete on price and attract customers.
She is a greedy fool that thinks wealth comes from the Fed printing press and that businesses can be endlessly squeezed for more revenue juice.
Yeah well if the “Teamsters” had any real concern about people they would insist that state taxes be paid on the items they deliver. Look at their track record, when and where have they ever done anything out of the goodness of humanity?
Fine. An excellent lesson in free market economics for the idiots who keep electing these idiots.
Name one...shes just attempting to level the field.
What higher tax rate?
"I like on-line for the convenience. It saves me time, and I do not have to fight crazed shoppers looking for bargains."
One MAJOR problem with going physically to a "brick and mortar" store is the almost inevitable certainly that they will NOT stock the specific item I want, thereby forcing me into the shopping equivalent of "telephone tag"....driving to other nearby similar stores to see if THEY have what I want. When you total up the amount spent on gas for all that driving around, it FAR outweighs the sales tax cost.
BUT, if I shop online, I can almost always find EXACTLY what I'm looking for (and frequently, something better), investing electrons instead of gasoline, and, as you say, avoid the crowds and insanity.
So, online shopping will more than likely STILL be a better deal, EVEN IF sales tax is added on.
You have a great point. There are items which one simply can not find in a brick & Mortar store. For example I have a old vacuum cleaner and I needed replacement filter for it. Wal-Mart did not have it, neither did Target. But I found it on eBay! My wife’s keyboard letters were worn out and hard to read. I found the exact remedy on eBay for $1.35 shipping included, a packet of stick on stickers. Now she can see the keys in semi-darkness!
What you refuse to get is that as a Virginia business I colect sales tax ONLY on Virginia sales. What your “lady” Gregoire wants is for me to collect her state sales tax when some one in Washington buys from me. This adds extra cost and burden to my doing business and I get absolutely no benefit from it..
This woman has a screw loose and that you think she is right absolutely stuns me.
A Democrat governor pushing another tax is NEWS?!!!
And I bet you think you are worth the few cents you are cheating the State of Washington out of, I hope you hit a “Pothole” the size of your ego and it busts your tire.
Cyber Friday....one billion in online sales. I know I like to buy online because I can avoid sale tax, in most cases.