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What do you know about online shopping?

by ejackson12 / May 25, 2013 3:34 PM PDT

I want to know everything from the use of a credit card to the internet sales tax bill. Please explain.

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5Things You Should Know About Overdue Online Sales Tax Bill
by Harshada321 / May 26, 2013 3:21 PM PDT

1) It is not a tax increase
2) It is a back-door way for states to collect more tax revenue.
3) It is not an "Internet tax."
4) It will not complicate life for buyers.
5) It will not burden online sellers.

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Those 5 things,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 27, 2013 1:26 AM PDT

1. Probably true
2. Yes
3. Not yet
4. Debatable
5. You have to be joking. Keeping up with around 48 different State Tax rates would seem to be a burden


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5 Things.
by ejackson12 / May 27, 2013 12:05 PM PDT

How is it not a burden?

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Re: online shopping
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 25, 2013 8:53 PM PDT

Here in the Netherlands most people use iDEAL in stead of a credit card, and there is no Internet sales tax. So both things you ask for are totally unneeded knowledge here. But maybe it's different where you live. Where do you live?


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by ejackson12 / May 26, 2013 3:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: online shopping

What is iDEAL?

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 27, 2013 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: iDEAL.
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Interesting concept.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 27, 2013 8:14 AM PDT
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and the site is also in English!


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First . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 26, 2013 6:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: online shopping

there is no "Internet" tax. If the company has a presence in your state, you'll pay your state's sales tax. If there is no presence you'll pay no tax. You may pay shipping charges, depending on the site. Some sites offer free shipping if the amount is over a certain amount.

You will use a credit card just like any other store. You enter the number, expiration date, and security code. Make sure the site is encrypted. Look for the address to start with "https". Never allow the site to save the credit card number.

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Small correction about sales tax
by Steven Haninger / May 26, 2013 10:41 AM PDT
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There exists a "use" tax in many states that require sales tax to be paid on out of state purchases such as those made over the internet. The tax is generally set at the same rate the purchaser would be taxed on a local purchase. Some internet retailers will add the tax and some will not. As you said, if that vendor has a presence in one's state, the tax is generally collected. Otherwise, most states which have sales tax requirements have a line on the yearly tax form to enter one's sales tax liability which gets computed from a worksheet. It's not true that no tax is owed just because the purchase was made from an out-of-state vendor. It's just that, thus far, it's been left to some "honor system" as there hasn't been a way for state governments to accurately track these purchases. They are working on it, however.

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Security is the prime factor.
by iminmessaging / June 5, 2013 4:51 PM PDT

Whenever I use to shop online I always concentrate on security whether the site is trustworthy or not, because the gateway they provide for using the credit cards can be hacked. If hacked then it may put us in trouble.

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