If you have a state sales tax, you should be paying it already. Iowa has a line item on the return for it.
Most people decide to cheat it.
We are supposed to voluntarily pay it in TN but of course no one does.
At least not individuals. Business better pay on out of state purchases (called a use tax here but still just the sales tax) because they get audited.
Big purchases like furniture from NC you better pay...NC has an agreement with TN and they send the state the information.
If you buy a car out of state they get their sales tax when you register and get tags.
I recently spent $28 on something from Amazon.com and they sent me, and the state, an email with the information. While the state won’t come after me for the $2.59 tax they probably could.
Canada requires the shipper to do the same and they will collect from their citizens. I sent someting to a friend in Calgary once and she got a bill for the tax.
In New Mexico it is call the “Compensating Tax.” If you buy something from out of state that you could have purchased in New Mexico - regardless of price difference - you are expected to pay 5% to the state. This is enforced for businesses, but less so for individuals.
When we lived in Florida my in-laws bought us dining room furniture while traveling in North Carolina (they owned a lighting showroom and often bought furniture for resale from out of state). Unfortunately they had it shipped directly to our home. About a month after we received it, we received a sales tax bill from the State of Florida. They tried to charge us on the full retail value of the furniture, but we had an invoice showing the true sale amount, so we just paid the sales tax on that.
We were later told that if the furniture had been delivered to my in-law’s store and then delivered to our home, we would not have owed the tax. It would have been considered a “zero sale” by our in-law’s store and no one would have paid tax...go figure...
Is that what they're calling refusing the armed robbers demands these days ?