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Reporter Peter Elkind, co-author of “Amazon’s (Not So Secret) War on Taxes” in the June 2013 issue of Fortune magazine, explains Amazon’s tax-avoidance strategies.
For decades we've shopped Land;s End and paid no sales tax, etc. And people regularly purchase in person items in one state for delivery in their home state - "beating" the sales tax. I've been with folks from CT or NJ doing this here in NY countless times.
But being in NY, I pay sales tax on Amazon, which (as your guest is saying) has presence in our state.
Yes, many people buy online to avoid sales tax. The same way the well-to-do have had expensive items shipped to one of their multiple addresses to do the same. We need to level this field, not complicate it further.
there is no pricing edge to buying online to avoid tax because there's heavy shipping fees
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