First Person: Paying an Online Sales Tax Isn't New to Me

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Recently, there has been a lot of talk about a law that would require websites to collect sales taxes from shoppers on all of their sales. The sites themselves aren't happy about the law because it could influence their sales, and it means more work for them. People aren't happy because it means their online purchases will cost more. However, as reports, online shoppers are already responsible for paying taxes on these purchases even though most do not actually pay them.

I have been paying sales taxes on several sites I use for a some time now, so online sales taxes aren't a new to me. These are some of the experiences I've had with taxes online, and how I feel about it.

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Many of the games on Facebook offer their players a chance to purchase some form of virtual currency. The prices of these currencies vary depending on the game you are playing. Rarely, if ever, do these games require you to spend real money to play, it's usually an option to get what the developers call "exclusive items." I was hooked on a Facebook game for some time, and purchased its currency quite often. About a year after I began purchasing this virtual currency the price suddenly went up. Later I learned it was because of state sales taxes were being added to the total; however, the slight increase didn't influence my future purchases at all.


As a freelance writer I'm online up to 10 hours every day working or researching my next topic, and as much as I would like to say I spend the entire time working that just isn't the case. My love for shopping often draws my attention away. Since I've found I can save money shopping for clothing online I've been buying most of my clothes from online stores.

My favorite online clothing store has always added state sales taxes onto my purchase totals and I never really noticed a difference. My most recent order was nearly $37, which meant I would have to pay around $2.22 in sales taxes plus a shipping fee of $6, making my total about $45.22. However, I used a $10 coupon from an online promotion so I actually saved $8 overall.

Paying taxes for my online purchases is not something that is new to me. I actually welcome this change because I think it will make my life easier during tax season. I have enough numbers to juggle each year without having to deal with sales taxes from my online purchase as well.

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