I used to appreciate that I didn’t have to pay sales tax if I ordered through Amazon. I am re-thinking this “benefit.”
Amazon shut down a distribution center in Texas earlier this year after Texas sought $269 million in sales tax. That’s a fair amount of money. The article alleges internet business takes away a lot of sales tax
The comptroller’s office estimates Texas loses $600 million annually in uncollected sales tax from all Internet-based sales. National studies put the amount of uncollected taxes at $7 billion a year at a time when states are looking at multibillion-dollar budget gaps.
In these days of really tight budgets at the national, state, county, and city levels, it doesn’t seem fair to me to expect the government(s) to continue to operate when businesses (and individuals) can get around paying the taxes on which the current level of services depend.
I’ve been becoming more conscious lately of buying products made either in the US or somewhere else with reasonable protections for workers. Perhaps I will also need to move toward buying things only from companies that have the integrity to collect and pay sales tax.