Skip to comments.Next Year’s Pennsylvania Tax Return Will Test Your Honesty
Posted on 05/23/2011 7:38:44 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen
Like to shop on the Internet? Do you head to Delaware to avoid sales taxes? Next years Pennsylvania income tax forms will test your honesty.
Next year, Pennsylvanias tax forms will add a use tax line requiring you to declare any sales tax you may owe for items purchased from out-of-state retailers.
Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says you will have to fill in that line. While he admits that for most individual taxpayers, if you fib by entering zero, youre not likely to get caught, he still thinks the state will collect some money
(Excerpt) Read more at philadelphia.cbslocal.com ...
So if you put a 0 in that line, does it mean you’re not being “patriotic”?
We have that in Assachusetts. They have no way to track it. Remember, it’s the government we’re talking about here. They can’t even wipe their butt correctly.
I think there should also be a line on the PA tax form for "bribes received," so politicians can test their honesty. While not likely to get caught for fibbing by entering zero, the state might collect some money.
We have had this in New York for quite a while. Most people are honest and pay what they owe.
I keep a spreadsheet of my internet purchases as I make them over the year.
If I purchase anything from an out of state retailer, why should the state collect any taxes on that transaction? Oh yeah, I forgot ... all my money really belongs to them, doesn’t it?
Illinois sent me a “volunteer” form several years ago, I pitched it in the trash and haven’t seen another one since.
All of my purchases are done through an offshore subsidiary of me based in the Caymans, so no tax is owed.
Not enough people are ready to quit enabling and practice tough love on their troubled government.
USE tax is an unconstitutional interstate tarif.
LOL! Good one.
The “use tax” is collected so in state retailers are not put at an unfair advantage because they are required to collect sales tax.
The “use tax” states that it is for items that are purchased “out of state” but will be used “in state”.
How can they possibly enforce this?
What if I buy something out of state and send it to someone in another state (so it is not being used in state)?
Am I still required to pay the tax? If so, why?
If the sale takes place in State ‘A’, how is it legal/constitutional for State ‘B’ to demand a tax on that sale?
I'd be honest and pay what I owe--which is not one d@mned dime. The government may have the power to take my money, but it has no right to.
Is one really a tax slave to the State of nominal domicle?
Maybe you can answer my question: If a sale takes place in State A, how is it legal/constitutional for State B to demand a tax on that sale?
I would DEFINITELY spend hours updating Excel spreadsheets of my out-of-state Internet purchases - if I were aware of the vendors being out-of-state.
Fortunately, I've never noticed where their legal domicile actually is. It's simply never come to my attention.
Now, where was that "Atlas Shrugged" quote again about the State wanting everyone to feel guilty?
You get audited. In your letter, they say "bring your credit card statements."
My G-d! I spend one-third my day and one tenth my days out of state. I will not keep a ledger of every transaction, nor collate any credit card transaction I make just to pay more taxes. This is intolerable, and begs people to be dishonest.