Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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taxes, texas


While Texas Politicians Claim $600 Million 'Lost' In Uncollected Online Sales Tax... It Means $600 Million Texans Saved

from the that-money-doesn't-disappear dept

We've already covered the ongoing dispute between Amazon and the state of Texas over uncollected sales tax for residents there. Apparently, a state politician complained about how the state loses $600 million a year because out-of-state online retailers don't have to collect sales tax. However, as Jim Harper correctly points out, shouldn't people be pointing out that this actually means that Texans saved $600 million per year because of the government's inability to tax them on it?
What happens with the $600 million depends on what you mean by "Texas." If you mean the government of the state of Texas in Austin, why, yes, the government appears not to collect that amount, which it wants to. If by "Texas" you mean the people who live, work, and raise their families throughout the state--Texans--they actually save $600 million a year. They get to do what they want with it. After all, it's their money.

The Texas tax collector is complaining because the last thing state taxing agents want to do is collect money on in the form of use taxes, which means something like going door to door to collect money from voters based on what they bought from out-of-state. Revenuers intensely prefer to hide the process, collecting their residents' money from out-of-state companies.
A good thing to remember in these discussions.

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    Qritiqal (profile), 15 Feb 2011 @ 7:36am

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    So, your argument for getting the money as taxing is some low probability of the money going to fund terrorism???
    Stretch much?

    Most likely, that $600MM will feed back into Texas companies, small and large, thus growing the economy.

    Saying that giving $600MM instead to the Texas government will grow the economy more is such a liberal attitude, I don't even want to dignify it with a response.

    Of course, I must, so why not give everything we make to the government and let THEM figure out what best to do with it?

    Why not just let the government provide us with food, clothing, shelter, vehicles, and such? After all, that would grow the economy more than letting the citizens of Texas decide what to do with their own money, right? They would just use it to buy cheap stuff from other countries.

    OH, you're thinking that everything the state of Texas would do would involve products made in Texas! I see how that works, keep ALL the money in-state. Yes, that makes perfect sense. That would DEFINITELY grow the state economy if they went completely isolationist.

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