Here we go again. Why is the Times Free Press running almost the exact same story 2 days in a row with these BS stats? Look at the source...numbers can be skewed to make almost any point look swayed. Why do people neglect the fact that Amazon would leave if we enforced them to charge sales tax? Then we would STILL not be paying sales tax, and TN would lose jobs. It's amazing how trivial people are trying to make this when it's not really at all.
what I meant to say was
"..makes me proud to see that you guys AREN'T buying into these skewed stats"
TFP, you should really have an edit option on your comments.
This is the most united I've ever seen commentors on a TFP story, makes me proud to see that you guys are buying into these skewed stats. The bottom line is, if we forced Amazon to charge sales tax, we would have zero new jobs (because they would not have come here) and people would continue to shop there just the same. I don't understand how that logic can be refuted.
Since Amazon has NO retail outlets in TN, why should they pay sales tax? You can't walk up to their fulfillment centers and buy anything. Everything you buy from them comes through their home office out west. Local stores complain, but if their prices were even close to competitive they wouldn't have anything to worry about. I will continue to shop amazon. Should I pay 11.99 locally for a book or .99 cents plus tax and free shipping from Amazon? Especially if they would create a total of 3000-4000 TN jobs. The answer is very easy for me.
These are not taxes we are already collecting so it would not hurt TN one bit. It would provide 1000's of paychecks to TN residents then they would go to their local wal mart (who is fighting amazon because they say amazon destroy's downtowns.....says this from the original death to the downtowns). These paychecks would results in TONS OF NEW SALES TAX COLLECTIONS.
It is really simple, do the deal and put people to work or run them off and another state will take the jobs.