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Internet Sales Tax

June 22, 2010

I ordered three books from com last week. When I got the receipt I was treated to a new link. Amazon let me know that I had to pay Colorado state sales tax on the purchase. They write:

We are not obligated to, and do not, collect Colorado sales tax.  Your purchase is subject to Colorado sales tax unless it is specifically exempt from taxation. The purchase is not exempt merely because it is made over the Internet or by other remote means.  The State of Colorado requires that the taxpayer file a sales/use tax return at the end of the year reporting all of the purchases that were not taxed and pay tax on those purchases.

Well, now: what’s that all about?

Some customers have asked why these new requirements exist. We are required to provide the notice and the reports described above are based on a Colorado law (HB 1193) enacted in February 2010 over our strong objections.

One of the Dirty Dozen that our tax-and-spend Democrat liberals in the state legislature gave us. You may remember the people who testified against the bill and that Amazon did (as they wrote) strongly object and ended up closing their Colorado operations in the wake of the bill’s passing. More lost jobs for Colorado.

So how do you figure out how to pay your tax?

Details of how to file this return may be found at the Colorado Department of Revenue’s website,

Thank you, Representatives Pommer, Benefield, Hullinghorst, Judd, Labuda, Merrifield, Frangas, Kagan, Ryden, Schafer S.; and Senator Heath who co-sponsored this bill and to all the Democrats in the legislature who voted for it–which almost all of them did.

By the way, Rep. Mike Merrifield is from El Paso County and since he’s term-limited in his present position, he’s decided he wants to be the County Commissioner from District 5. I think I’ll vote for Peggy Littleton. You’ve done enough damage to our Colorado economy already, Mikey.

Be sure to thank them all on November 2nd.


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