Comments: Use this!

wow. Un'frickn'believable.

Posted by vw bug at January 29, 2007 07:12 PM

They can go fuck themselves.

Posted by graumagus at January 30, 2007 01:03 AM

As far as I'm aware, almost all states have a use tax, and have for quite a long time.
However, it's hardly ever enforced, and thus hardly anybody knows it exists.
The use taxes started to come a little more into light when officials started suggesting an "internet sales tax" - and people started raises there hands and going "Uuhhhhh... we sorta already have one of those, if you'd bother enforcing it."
I've known about it for many years - but I can definately say I've never, ever sent a tax payment to another state, and I buy a crapload of stuff online.

Posted by Shadoglare at January 30, 2007 07:34 AM

Michigan has had this for a loooooong time. We got caught up in it and were fined because we took to long to pay it.

We bought lights in Canada and had them shipped to us, a year later we got a letter stating that we didn't pay sales tax.

Called the state and found that for whatever you buy where ever you are suppose to come home and pay the 6% Michigan sales tax on top of the sales tax you paid elsewhere.

Posted by Quality Weenie at January 30, 2007 09:05 AM

Shadoglare: I know a lot of states have it, hence the second to last line in the post.

QW:Illinois has had it for a long time too, 51 years. Yet I never knew about it until now. However, Michigan making you pay the 6% on top of what the other state sells you at is just extortion. If you bought something in California and brought it back to Michigan, that would mean you'd have to pay 13.25% sales tax!

Posted by Contagion at January 30, 2007 05:33 PM

The way the use tax is supposed to work is that you're only supposed to pay it if you didn't pay tax in the state it came from. It does not apply to stuff you already got taxed on in the other state. If you're getting taxed twice, you're getting robbed :P

Posted by Shadoglare at January 30, 2007 10:52 PM

At least, to my understanding, but then I'm not a tax lawyer or accountant either :P

Posted by Shadoglare at January 30, 2007 10:52 PM

This, once again, is a prime example of why I always pay cash.

Cash does not bounce, you aren't charged interest or late fees on cash, and (unless you're buying something with a title like a car) cash leaves no paper trail.

The less information the government has about me the happier I am.

Posted by graumagus at January 31, 2007 12:07 PM