12:30 PM EDT, May 19, 2013
Regarding the Internet sales tax ("Online sales tax bill should be improved, and passed," May 16), I suppose that if I go to Delaware and purchase something and since I am from Maryland, shouldn't that retailer charge and forward the sales tax? What difference does it make whether I purchase it there and have my wife carry it and bring it to Maryland or have UPS carry it? It's still mine. I purchased it, and I suppose it should be taxed. I also suppose it should be my moral responsibility to tell the retailer, "I'm from Maryland so charge me tax. Here, check my I.D., and forward the tax to Maryland." What a joke.
There are local stores that save the customer money by not offering bags, by not accepting credit cards, by not allowing the carts be taken away from the front, etc. In order to "level the playing field," perhaps the law ought to require all stores to take credit, bags, carts, etc.
If the local retailer thinks the "out of state" retailer has an advantage, he can sell his merchandise on-line the same way. To put it another way: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
This reminds me of when McDonald's used to charge tax on the food consumed on the premises but not when it was carried out. I asked, "If I ordered a hamburger, fries, and apple pie and I ate the burger there, ate the fries walking out, and ate the pie at home. What tax should I pay?" The state was quick to solve that one. They taxed all of it.
George B. Wroe, Glyndon
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