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# Friday, June 2, 2006

I recently ordered an audiobook on CD from Recorded Books, mainly because it was only available there from what I could find.  The book is Baudolino (great medieval fiction, BTW; I’ve listened to it from libraries 2x already).  Anyways, I was suprised when they charged me sales tax because they’re based in MD not NJ, so I wrote to ask them about it.  This is their response:

The state of New Jersey Department of Revenue now requires Recorded Books to collect sales tax on orders from residents of New Jersey.  They base the demand on the fact that outstanding rental audiobooks (in the hands of New Jersey residents) gives Recorded Books a "physical presence" in the State and therefore we are compelled by law to collect sales tax on all orders from New Jersey.

Before I moved up here, I knew that property taxes were high and that they have state income tax (unlike Florida), but since I’ve been here, I’ve heard other amazing stories about the ridiculous ways in which the state taxes its residents.  This has got to be one of the more creative ones, though.  They sure are creative bloodsuckers; I’ll give them that!

Friday, June 2, 2006 12:49:25 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
Friday, June 2, 2006 1:49:36 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
A state sales tax makes the bloodsucking all the easier.

i.e. each time I order a new song on iTunes, my state gets $.05. And I'm just buying a bunch of zeros and ones...

Still, I can write my legislators, etc. and help take somewhat of a stand on how those 'collected revenues' are spent - so it's taxation WITH representation.

The one that floors me is how the Supreme Court kicked out a case a while back from a guy who lives in... North Carolina and works in New York. He's there 1-2 days/week - otherwise he works remote from North Carolina. NY forces him to pay Income Tax. He said that was taxation without representation (he can't specify how ONE DOLLAR of his 'taxes' are spent), and the supreme court told him to get bent.

Luckily the gov't charges enough (in taxes) to keep our troops housed in specialized facilities instead of our homes, or we'd be perfectly vindicated by the founders for throwing some tea into the harbor and fomenting a revolution ;)

I know, I know... thought crime.
Tuesday, June 6, 2006 6:08:01 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Yeah you are not counting Florida as being particularly creative in the ways it does collect taxes though Ambrose. For instanee if I were to buy a strawberry poptart I would be taxed at a different rate as say a chocolate poptart. The reason some of you may wonder? Well ain't it obvious the chocolate poptart is considered a "dessert" as it has chocolate in it. Whereas the strawberry version is considered a breakfast food and is taxed at a different rate.

Then you get into the great "tax free weeks" here in Florida where the confusion is even greater as only items under $50 and meeting certain requirements as outlined as back to school items are tax free for one week. This creates a great amount of confusion to many shoppers and quite frankly would need a sophisicated rules engine in order to make a cashiers life simpler.

Here in Florida as you probably were aware they just nickel and dime you to death and create layers upon layers of rules in order to make the managers seem to be actually working.

Okay rant over. I hate this place.
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