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Should We Have to Pay Tax on Amazon Purchases? (POLL)

California residents will have to begin paying sales tax on Amazon.com purchases, which supporters say will bring necessary revenue to the state.

On September 15, online retailer Amazon.com will charge sales tax on purchases from Californians.

The agreement between state lawmakers and Amazon.com is expected to raise $316 million in taxes, according to the L.A. Times, money needed to help our bankrupt state.

However, the agreement between Amazon and California may not last long. The Orange County Register reports that the agreement between the two parties was primarily a compromise meant to get a year's reprieve in collecting the tax in exchange for promises to add jobs and distribution centers in California.

This comes as a victory for the brick and mortar businesses that say that they have seen lost sales go to online retailers like Amazon.com.

at Palo Alto Bikes in mid-August to denounce Amazon.com for circumventing California sales tax laws. They argued that these online retailers have an unfair advantage in sales and that these uncollected taxes are depriving educators of their fair share.

"We just want to compete on an even playing field,” said Mike Jacoubowsky, owner of in Redwood City.

Amazon already charges sales tax in six states: Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Washington. Pennsylvania will join California in sales tax charges in September. New Jersey, Virginia, Indiana, Nevada, Tennessee and South Carolina are all expected to collect state sales taxes from online retailers within the next few years, adding millions to state accounts, according to CNNMoney.

Is charging sales tax on online purchases fair? Let us know in the comments.

Enquiring Mind September 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Brick and Mortar stores cannot purchase in volume like Amazon so they pay more for the product which would prevent them from price matching.
Elizabeth Monticue September 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
People, we pay taxes on used items every time we buy them. When you buy a used car, you pay state sales tax. A used clothing item at a thrift store? Taxed. A used book at a book store? Taxed. This is not a valid arguement. A more valid point is to buy locally, not from an internet corporation that owes allegiance to no one but itself. Keep our local small business viable. Shop locally, keep your tax dollars at home.
Troy September 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Why is Amazon being singled out. What about Ebay and other companies? When I make a CA Ebay sale I always collect sales tax and turn it in but I can't do that on out of state sales. Souldn't taxing out of state purchases apply to all vendors?
Mary Mauer September 14, 2012 at 01:50 AM
This liberal is very happy to pay taxes. We NEED police and fireman and government services so of course we need to pay for all those things and taxes are what pays for them. It's really a no brainer......do the arithmatic!
Rick Bonilla December 10, 2012 at 05:24 AM
It's more than your tax dollars that stay at home when you shop at local small businesses. Your local economy is also enriched and benefits from the spending that the employees of those local shops do in your community. Thusly more of your neighbors are employed while your neighborhood prospers. A sale is a sale is a sale, pay the tax or break the law. Your choice.

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