Gov. Nathan Deal considers online sales tax for Georgia

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ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal is considering extending the state sales tax to online purchases, he told newspaper publishers Thursday.

Eight states already tax electronic commerce, but most states have held off because Congress had signaled it would devise a national model to simplify the thousands of tax rates used by state and local governments.

Deal said he wasn’t content to wait on Congress.

“In the absence of congressional activity on that … I think there will be some appetite to act on that in the Legislature,” he said. “That’s still in the very, very early stages of discussion.”

Deal told the members of the Georgia Press Assoc­iation that it could be a way to replace taxes the state would give up by exempting energy factories use from sales tax, an idea he is pushing this legislative session in hopes it will lure more manufacturers.

Legislative leaders asked after Deal’s comments said they weren’t familiar with a proposal.

“It’s not something that can be easily done,” said Rep. Mickey Channell, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Federal court decisions limit how states can apply the tax, he said, adding that he favors it as a former retailer.

“It makes no sense to me to punish our brick-and-mortar merchants who pay local property taxes and provide jobs and make them charge a 7 percent higher price,” said Channell, R-Greensboro.

Rep. Ron Stephens, the chairman of the House Economic Development Committee and a Savannah Republican, also likes the idea.

COMPANY CONSIDERS GEORGIA

ATLANTA — A large company is considering Georgia as the site of a new development, Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday while declining to identify it.

He compared the prospect to Kia Motors Co., the Korean automaker that built a plant in West Point that employs 3,000 and has a dozen suppliers in the state.

– Morris News Service

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Insider Information
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Insider Information 01/12/12 - 12:42 pm
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He is starting to sound like

He is starting to sound like a Democrat - finding new and creative ways to tax, rather than making a sincere effort to cut.

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follower 01/12/12 - 01:14 pm
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This is one of those taxes

This is one of those taxes that would level the playing field. And it's not just a 7% penalty. When you put the math to it, you can actually add another percent based on the price that must be matched when you consider the total price charged.

Should have been done a long time ago.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/12/12 - 01:16 pm
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He always has been a "Raw

He always has been a "Raw Deal!!"

my.voice
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my.voice 01/12/12 - 01:49 pm
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I'm all for more taxes when

I'm all for more taxes when the Govt allows a private sector manager to manage spending.

@Follower - What kind of math are you using? More taxes isn't going to do ANYTHING for you. Its only feeding the monster.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/12/12 - 01:54 pm
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We knew it was coming & maybe

We knew it was coming & maybe it would be fair if ALL paid---maybe 1 day we will see a flat tax & ALL can join the paying group....cause it does get old..

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Insider Information 01/12/12 - 01:58 pm
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Al Gore said he created the

Al Gore said he created the Internet for a free flow of ideas and a free flow of commerce, adding that Internet purchases should not be taxed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/12/12 - 01:59 pm
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Just a little

Just a little list
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A partial list of the various ways in which citizens of the US are taxed:
•Accounts Receivable Tax
•Building Permit Tax
•Capital Gains Tax
•CDL license Tax
•Cigarette Tax
•Corporate Income Tax
•Court Fines (indirect taxes)
•Deficit spending
•Dog License Tax
•Federal Income Tax
•Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
•Fishing License Tax
•Food License Tax
•Fuel permit tax
•Gasoline Tax
•Hunting License Tax
•Inflation
•Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money)
•Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
•IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
•Liquor Tax
•Local Income Tax
•Luxury Taxes
•Marriage License Tax
•Medicare Tax
•Property Tax
•Real Estate Tax
•Septic Permit Tax
•Service Charge Taxes
•Social Security Tax
•Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
•Sales Taxes
•Recreational Vehicle Tax
•Road Toll Booth Taxes
•School Tax
•State Income Tax
•State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
•Telephone federal excise tax
•Telephone federal universal service fee tax
•Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
•Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
•Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
•Telephone state and local tax
•Telephone usage charge tax
•Toll Bridge Taxes
•Toll Tunnel Taxes
•Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
•Trailer Registration Tax
•Utility Taxes
•Vehicle License Registration Tax
•Vehicle Sales Tax
•Watercraft Registration Tax
•Well Permit Tax
•Workers Compensation Tax

Wheww

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/12/12 - 02:02 pm
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Wonder what they do if you

Wonder what they do if you don't pay your septic tank tax?

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Chillen 01/12/12 - 02:14 pm
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There is absolutely no limit

There is absolutely no limit that the politicians will go to in order to get more of our money.

The online stores COST THEM NOTHING. No police presence needed, no jails to maintain to house shoplifters, no roads to maintain that the shoppers are wearing down, etc.

Be a man Deal and drop this charade.

@follower. Any local merchant can level the playing field for themselves by simply opening their own online store & selling to folks in other states. Easy.

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bjphysics 01/12/12 - 02:23 pm
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Riverman1: “Wonder what they

Riverman1: “Wonder what they do if you don't pay your septic tank tax?”

The device they attach is like an ankle bracelet butt not attached to your ankle.

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dichotomy 01/12/12 - 02:47 pm
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Politicians, they're all

Politicians, they're all alike when it comes to taxes. Hey Deal, we said no new taxes. Cut spending. If I wanted new taxes I would have voted for the Democrat.

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Insider Information 01/12/12 - 03:08 pm
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Raising taxes is the

Raising taxes is the government saying that it can spend your money better than you can.

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follower 01/12/12 - 04:46 pm
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myvoice and chillen, if

myvoice and chillen,

if something sells for $1000 online, there will be no sales tax. At my store, it'll be $1070.

For me to match the $1000 outlay for the customer, I'll have to charge about $935. I've taken almost 8% off the price to match an online sale.

Also, opening an online store sounds easy. But while you don't have the brick and mortar expense, you will have to pay search engines to have your name at the top of the list of literally millions of offerings. If that's all you do, fine. But to have a brick and mortar and keep you name up there will be expensive, not to mention trying to match online pricing with brick and mortar pricing.

To go to a specialty store, you expect knowledgable staff. They cost money. I don't have a problem with competitive pricing. I do have a problem with online stores having a 7-8% advantage because they don't have to collect the same tax I'm forced to collect, while they don't have to worry about it.

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GaStang22 01/12/12 - 05:51 pm
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Lets find a way to add more
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Lets find a way to add more taxes, but lets not cut out the millions of gov't benefit scammers that would fill that $ void with millions and millions of dollars and create tons of jobs...... even just by not allowing those living off the dole to keep creating more dependants....... keep taxing!!! How many of these taxes in seenitb4's list do these gov't leeches really pay??????? Sales tax, except on food, they get to bypass the tax for their steak, shrimp, and name brand food, and maybe if they have a car, which millions don't, they pay a little there. Yet they get tens of thousands of dollars worth of everyone elses taxes a year for breathing and breeding.

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JRC2024 01/13/12 - 10:47 am
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Follower, I don't think there

Follower, I don't think there is a tax on labor and profit. Put your item on the shelf at cost with a line for a handling fee, overhead and profit and charge the tax on your cost of the item. Don't know if it is legal but worth a check out.

eagle
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eagle 01/13/12 - 12:14 pm
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Seenit, before your post I
Unpublished

Seenit, before your post I just "thought" I was broke...now I know I am!!!

iLove
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iLove 01/13/12 - 12:35 pm
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Well, the voters of GA voted
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Well, the voters of GA voted him in ......so.......you reap what you sow.

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Little Lamb 01/13/12 - 12:40 pm
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Representative Mickey

Representative Mickey Channell said:

“It’s not something that can be easily done.”

He is correct. How in the world does state law enforcement intend to enforce the new law requiring out-of-state vendors to collect Georgia sales tax and send it in to Atlanta? Do we seriously think a state trooper is going to drive to Oklahoma to padlock an on-line vendor for failure to collect and remit Georgia sales tax?

What about local sales taxes? They are not all equal. Some counties have three percent, some two and some four. How would the thousands of vendors keep up with all the different tax rates?

dustinto
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dustinto 01/13/12 - 03:37 pm
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Don't blame me, I voted for

Don't blame me, I voted for John Monds!

thrasher4
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thrasher4 01/13/12 - 09:08 pm
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Let us vote on it! iLove,King

Let us vote on it! iLove,King Roy (Barnes) would want to tax us much more.

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