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  •  Why would Walmart hate it? (2+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion, shoeless

    They never have to pass the sales taxes they collect on to the city/state anyway.  It just increases their profit.

    You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

    by PSzymeczek on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 10:22:19 AM PST

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    •  Because it drives business (9+ / 0-)

      to tax free online retailers. Very few states charge sales tax for online purchases. If I can save $20-$30 or more on a big ticket item by saving the tax buying online, why would I pay more than I have to?

    •  They don't make the sale, is why. (6+ / 0-)

      That's because shoppers will go online and shop at Amazon and get free shipping to boot.  And not bother to walk into a Walmart.  They have to get the sale before they can keep the money.

    •  Evidence to back up this claim? (0+ / 0-)

      After all, you're essentially accusing Walmart of tax fraud by pocketing sales taxes that are supposed to go to local and state governments.

      Or are you claiming that some states are actually exempting Walmart from paying the sales taxes they collect to the state?  In which case this would be state-sanctioned fraud.

      Either way, a big story.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 11:08:20 AM PST

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      •  Some states, but primarily cities are (1+ / 0-)
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        blueoregon

        exempting Walmart for having to pass on sales taxes collected.  It's the price for having Walmart in their communities.

        You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

        by PSzymeczek on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 01:05:16 PM PST

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      •  I read it (0+ / 0-)

        on one of the Walmart Watch sites some months ago.  There are several, so just which one escapes me right now.  I'll go back an see if I can find it.

        You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

        by PSzymeczek on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 01:10:19 PM PST

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