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The State of Idaho Wants to Tax Your Internet Purchases

January 25th, 2007 by Halli

In fact, it is already law that you owe the state 6% sales tax on all your internet purchases, even if the business you are dealing with is not located in Idaho. You doubt me? Take a look for yourself, or even download the form.

The legislature, and the entire tax commission bureaucracy, I suppose, are already salivating at the millions of dollars they hope to collect from all of you internet shoppers. The proposal is to join the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, which already boasts membership of at least 20 states.

Of course, if you should drive across the state line into Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming or Montana and make a purchase at a brick and mortar store, you won’t find Idaho demanding their 6%. So what’s the difference? Good question.

Today this bill passed out of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee with a tie-breaker vote from Chairman Dennis Lake, of Blackfoot. Lake is usually thought of as a conservative, favoring smaller government and less taxes, but he occasionally and inexplicably departs from his base.

Expect a fight over this legislation on the floor of the house (remember that you can watch it happen over the internet), and do take time to make your opinion on the subject known.

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