A tariff is laid upon goods which are imported by companies for resale or inclusion in further manufacturing. Buying from offshore simply involves UPS items coming from Mexico/Caribbean/Japan/China/etc. Can you imagine them opening each package? Can't be done. How about self-asigned value? Hmmm. $ 0.
There is no way to capture each sale as it enters the US. AZ tried to compel folks to fess up to all purchases made from out-of-state sources so they could assess a "use tax". Results? Everyone said $ 0.
Talk about Sequester that would be a major sequester!
Gridlock! Problem is the Employer is the one that would be targeted for not sending in the amount with held or not witholding taxes.
The only way it could be sucessfull is if you claim 14 dependents on your w-4 form. However the taxes would be recovered April 15 when you cannot prove you have 14 dependents!
I would say you could handle 3 mos and then recover to the normal deduction. But to get all citizens to follow suit would be hard. Hell their scared $***less of the IRS anyway!
Already done. The contents and cost of the package are listed on the packing slip, which is all put into their digital record. Tariffs on imports, sales tax on individual packages paid by the shippers or the packages/imports are not released to delivery.
I think that’s a red herring. Right now, anything you purchase from abroad can be subject to tariff. Why would it be necessary to inspect packages—— if you are here and buy from abroad, you have to transfer money internationally. The Treasury could easily keep track of that, with a lot less regulations than the IRS employes now. If we had the Fair Tax, much of the incentive to buy foreign would actually be removed, because US goods would be much more competitive. A lot of the price of everything made here is comprised of added costs due to our tax system.