Tag: ‘use tax’

The Case of the Little Wrong Thing: Evading Online Sales Tax

By :: August 5th, 2015

Our eight-year-old son wants to write the President. “He needs to get a law passed that will make it illegal to throw cigarette butts out of car windows.” I told him that littering was already illegal. “What?!” In his mind, littering must be legal if everybody does it. He shook his head, incredulous. “But why […]

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Taxing Amazon: Good for Virginia and Good for Me

By :: April 3rd, 2012

I’ve finally finished my income tax returns for 2011. The last task—and least pleasant—is figuring my Virginia use tax. That’s the sales tax I owe on our many out-of-state web purchases. It’s a pain to plow through 12 months of receipts to identify untaxed transactions but I do it every year, stubbornly—some say foolishly—insisting on […]

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