The most efficient way to pay a sales tax is at the point of purchase. It's bulletproof.
But what if the tax is "voluntary" for online purchases, and the party in control has a "no tax" pledge? It means they can't simplify this one troublesome revenue source.
You'll also see the state government send out 3000 letters to Wisconsinites who owe sales taxes on purchases they made...get this, between 2007-2010?
Are you kidding me? This isn't competent government management, it's a god damn nightmare.
If the state wants the sales tax anyway, then just charge the tax at the point of sale. Doh!!!
Check out this Channel3000 jaw dropper:
Walker has decided to hunt down buyers in the state to pay up for buying out-of-state goods online, between 2007-2010.
Channel3000: State Department of Revenue officials sent a letter to about 3,000 people in late January, urging them to pay taxes on online or out-of-state purchases made from 2007 to 2010. "This is not an audit," said Stephanie Marquis, a department spokeswoman. "It's really just an informational letter to make them aware that we believe they may have made that purchase and may owe state taxes on that purchase." Wisconsin will miss out on $62 million in uncollected use tax on online purchases, according to an informational letter from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
It’s the states fault for missing out on $62 million of online sales taxes. Instead of expanding the standard easy system of taxation we already have in place, and because of the Republican pledge to not raise taxes, it's the buyers who have to keep track of their purchases all year long.
If they want the sales tax, why not tax online purchases? This is pure ideological lunacy?
As one who believes we should tax online sales, all online sales with no out-of-state exemption for business, this Walker tactic is not just intimidating but an amazingly convoluted way to pay for corporate tax cuts, and keep their no tax pledge.
Can we fire these guys soon?