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• Huh?(4+ / 0-)

If you buy something that cost \$2.00 an 8.875% tax would be 17.5 cents. Rounded up that is 18 cents. If it were rounded to the nearest tenth, it would be 20 cents or 2 cents more. This is far from double. It takes a lot of purchases for 2 cents to add up to anything.

Can you give an example where the tax would double?

• nothing costs two dollars either (0+ / 0-)

spoken like a rich jerk

"I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

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• So if something costs \$200(4+ / 0-)

the sales tax would be \$17.50. Rounded to the nearest tenth it would be \$17.50 or 0 cents more.

Do you have an example where the tax would double?

• and if it cost the amount that the tax would be (0+ / 0-)

\$17.51 it would round up to \$17.60

"I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

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• Rounding doesn't work that way(4+ / 0-)

Washington state sales tax varies a little by location, but where I'm at is 9.3%. When I buy something for 99 cents the total is \$1.08. That actual total, not rounded, is \$1.08207. Rounding works both ways. \$1.08500 would be \$1.09. \$1.08499 would be \$1.08.

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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• Some states round everything up(1+ / 0-)
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• my city and state does(1+ / 0-)
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• Yeah, so if they still sold anything for 1 cent(1+ / 0-)
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(like they did up until the 80's or so, bubble gum for one thing) and you bought one of them, the sales tax rate was 50%

Ouch!

• Heads should be rolled(0+ / 0-)

right out of office, until the ones left learn not to rip people off.

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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• i don't really care what Washington state(0+ / 0-)

does
it doesn't affect me

"I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

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• ha ha right, (0+ / 0-)

the city and state are voluntarily turn down an opportunity to rip me off

Rounding doesn't work that way

"I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

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• No it would round down to \$17.50(6+ / 0-)

But even if the store ripped you off by charging you \$17.60, that would be 10 cents more. Ten cents more is not twice as much as \$17.50.

Do you have an example where the tax would double?

that argument with the store clerk and see how successful you are

"I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

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• you know this how?(0+ / 0-)

speaking from personal experience, no doubt

No it would round down to \$17.50
and it's not the store ripping me off, it's the city and state who imposed the law and force stores to collect it

someone must have paid a visit to all my local stores recently because suddenly they have all remembered to charge the EFFECTIVELY 9% tax on ALL THE FOOD THAT I BUY

"I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

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• There are no more quarters, per your example.(2+ / 0-)
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You buy something for a dollar, at a 5% sales tax.

You now leave us with two options:

a) Round the total charge up to \$1.10, which doubles the sales tax.
b) Do not charge any sales tax.

I'm going to leave it to you to explain how anyone is going to find either of those options practicable, even 20 years from now.

Now maybe if we retired the dollar we could solve that problem too! [nods smugly]

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• thank you (0+ / 0-)
Round the total charge up to \$1.10, which doubles the sales tax.

"I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

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• But you just said above that(4+ / 0-)
nothing costs two dollars either
spoken like a rich jerk
• how about making a compelling argument(1+ / 0-)
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for getting rid of the coins in the first place?

as others have said - so what if it costs more to make it than it's worth, it gets used more than once, and some denominations cost less to make than they are worth

"I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

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