11:00 AM EDT, May 11, 2013
It is wrong to collect sales tax from online sales by the state where the customer lives ("Senate OKs online sales tax" May 6). If I take the highway to another state, I pay tax in that state. If I take the information superhighway, I should pay sales tax in the point-of-sale state. This is most likely the state where the store is located or where the product was created, manufactured, processed, warehoused, designed, grown, etc. Sales tax should not be a way for state governments to make money without contributing anything to the commerce process.
If online sales taxes are warranted, it should be by the state where the product is purchased from. This could help lower sales taxes everywhere because states with extremely high sales taxes couldn't compete with online prices in other states and would lose a lot of online business.
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