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Your Take: Would You Ship Out of State to Avoid Sales Tax?
Posted By Jim On 08/17/2012 @ 7:15 am In Your Take | 21 Comments
We know that a sales tax on internet purchases is probably on the way, either federally or slowly expanding across the states, with Amazon  firmly in the sights of every state Treasurer. Unless there is a nationwide system, the rates will always vary among the states because they vary right now. The retail sales tax in Virginia is 5% but a hefty 6% in Maryland. Go up to Delaware and you pay no sales tax! (this is one of the reasons why sales tax holidays  are always so popular)
Delaware is only an hour and a half away, which makes it impractical for most purchases, but it does start making sense for big ticket purchases like a television. We often stop at the Delaware Costco on drives up to New York or New Jersey in order to buy stuff tax-free (it’s rare and it’s mostly alcohol ) but we haven’t made a special trip just to buy something and avoid taxes.
But let’s say Amazon started collecting taxes in your state, like Virginia in September 2013, would you ship to a friend or relative in a nearby state to avoid the tax? My in-laws live in Virginia and if they wanted to ship things to our house to avoid the tax, I’d have no problem with it.
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