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View Diary: "Grover Norquist Did Not Elect You": Republicans In Disarray (!) Over Online Sales Taxes (256 comments)

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  •  Or Amazon Is Taking 15% Of The Revenue (2+ / 0-)
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    stevemb, eparrot

    Because the vender is selling through Amazon.   I'm sure Amazon would love have more sellers pushed into their tent by a sales tax law. Sellers would need Amazon to calculate sales tax for them.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:47:30 PM PDT

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    •  True, though that's not what I was referring to (1+ / 0-)
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      I was simply pointing out that margins for online businesses are low, and for that reason a million dollars of gross sales/revenue a year is usually a tiny business.

      You're right, Amazon taking 15% for marketplace participants is a separate issue, and yes, this law will force more small online businesses to align with behemoths.

      Which, ironically, will wind up hurting small brick and mortar businesses even more than the current system. Because lack of sales tax is not the main competitive advantage that online behemoths have, especially not Amazon. This is something book publishers learned to their detriment with agency pricing, which actually wound up helping Amazon.

      In any case, the bigger concern about the law is how it will mean more taxes get collected from the middle class relative to the wealthy and the poor. Whether it's right or not that they don't pay these taxes now doesn't change the impact it will have.

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      by eparrot on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:16:09 PM PDT

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