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took affect recently . I believe private sellers, like on Ebay are exempt from collecting the tax to New York Residences. Yes New Yorkers, another hidden tax to collect.  Now they can remove the Sales Use Tax  off IT - 201 , page 3, line 59. Think they will?

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technically this has always been a law that you were supposed to police yourself on during tax return time. They've just come up with a better way to police it. sucks.


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Cumo-economics, is that a word?

Like Belo mentioned, this has almost always been in effect for internet sales. If a company had a presence (facility) within NYS regardless where item's sale originated from, they were required to collect sales tax on their items sold via the web. If not, not required... until now!

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To clarify this new tax, for decades, if someone purchased an item from a mail order catalog, like Sears, the seller was not required to collect sales tax for the state the item was being shipped to.  If anything, they should have been collecting the sales tax required by the state it was sold in.

How it was ever decided that catalog sales would not require any sales tax I do not know.  Online sales simply followed the catalog sales playbook.

Politicians have been salivating over catalog & online sales taxes for years, just trying to get up the nerve to implement it.  They feel they are entitled to a commission on everything that is sold in this country, as if they had any positive impact on the sale of any goods in this country.

Sales taxes do not do anything positive for the economy and they are not collected to pay any expenses the government incurs in the sales process.  They are simply a means of grabbing money the government feels is palatable to the public, based on the lie the government needs the money in the general fund to run the government.  The trouble is, the government always expands it's expenses needed to run itself beyond whatever revenue it can extort from taxpayers.  The more tax revenue it collects, the more it spends.  The more it spends, the more it needs the tax revenue.  Once the public agrees to give them these taxes, they will become permanent, with no hope of them ever being eliminated and no hope of the government ever reducing it's spending.

The worst part of all this is, people start buying less.  That hurts the sellers and the economy.

So, in actuality, the government is hurting the citizens, the businesses and the economy, for it's own self centered greed.  Any tax collected for any reason, that is not absolutely required to run the basic requirements of government, is theft.  Politicians who demand more taxes without first cutting all wasteful government spending, are thieves.

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I buy a lot of expensive baseball cards on eBay for my internet challenged friend and just this week a guy charged me $36 in sales tax. There was a link to the eBay explanation about the June 1 NYS law


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Yes it sucks,my internet purchases will drop as it's no longer a deal paying sales tax


I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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